• Serrapeptase, a naturally-occurring enzyme, cannot be found in any particular fruit or vegetable, but instead originates with the silkworm. Luckily though, there are a number of supplements available that contain this enzyme, and which are helpful in treating a variety of different maladies.


    Serrapeptase, also known as a micro-organism called Serratia E15, was originally found in silkworm intestine. It is processed today through fermentation (dissolution of bacteria into enzymes).


    Serrapeptase is useful in treating a variety of different health issues, such as the lessening of arterial plaque and the dissolution of blood clots. It also has anti-inflammatory properties useful to treat arthritic conditions.


    Enerex, one of the many manufacturers of serrapeptase, has developed a way for the enzyme to be ingested and then passed through the stomach unchanged, allowing it to keep its potency. This occurs as a result of covering the serrapeptase caplets with an enteric coating.

    Meditteranean Foods

    The website notes that while the enzyme is not found in a particular food, a diet rich in protein and healthy fats -- like a Mediterranean diet -- will complement the effects of the serrapeptase. Mediterranean diets specifically comprise legumes, nuts and healthy grains, with a minimal amount of red meat.

    Expert Insight

    According to nutritionist Robert Redfern, serrapeptase can be an excellent alternative to prescription NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which have been known to cause gastrointestinal upset in some patients.


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