What is serrapeptase?
Serrapeptase is a substance taken from silkworms. Serratia bacteria in the worms produce the enzyme to dissolve the silkworm’s cocoon, allowing the worm to emerge as a moth.
The substance was first introduced as an anti-inflammatory agent in Japan in the 1960s. It has since been used as a common drug both by itself and in compound medications. It is used in many medications for migraine and tension headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and osteoporosis. These are all conditions that come with overall pain, swelling, and inflammation. It can also be used to treat breast engorgement and chronic sinusitis and to reduce swelling after surgery. Some patients with chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, and asthma find that taking serrapeptase makes it easier to breathe, because it can act as a mucolytic agent (a drug that thins mucus and makes it easier to cough).