Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme (breaking down protein) obtained from the digestive system of silkworms – moths, specifically its larvae. It can be formed in the fermentation process owing to enterobacteria Serratia sp. E-15.
For silkworms, this enzyme is significant to dissolve their hard cocoon and promotes the digestion of indigestible mulberry leaves. For humans, serrapeptase may have in turn a positive impact on bodily functions, in particular cardiovascular function.
It is absorbed directly through the intestines into the bloodstream. It is suggested that the enzyme may break down, among others, clots, fybrosis and atherosclerotic plaque owing to its ability to “dissolve” dead tissues. Consequently, it may have a special supporting role in arterial embolism and atherosclerosis. A similar mechanism of action is observed in external protective layers of cancer cells – by dissolving them, it may promote anti-cancer processes.
This enzyme is characterised by anti-inflammatory properties and that is why it can bring relief, e.g. from pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.