Enzymes are substances naturally present in all living organisms. They trigger or speed up thousands of chemical reactions in the body. For example, respiration, digestion, immune function, metabolism and growth. They work at the cell, tissue and organ level. Serrapeptase and Nattokinase are powerful enzymes which are used as systemic enzyme supplements. Systemic enzyme therapy has been used safely for more than 50 years by natural and alternative practitioners as a natural and effective way to support healthy levels of inflammation, help against infection, help in recovery after surgery and remove excess fibrin build-up in your organs and blood.
Research shows serrapeptase possesses significant anti-inflammatory, proteolytic (protein dissolving) and fibrinolytic (fibrin dissolving) properties. It reduces scar tissue, improves tissue healing and supports a healthy respiratory system. Nattokinase has powerful anti-inflammatory and fibrin-degrading activity. It prevents and dissolves blood clots, promotes healthy circulation, and supports normal blood pressure. It also helps maintain healthy C-reactive protein levels (CRP). CRP is an inflammation marker and a serious risk factor for heart disease.
|History of Use||Serrapeptase is a protease that has been used in Japan and Europe for over four decades for its anti-inflammatory activity.||Natto has been known for centuries for its positive medicinal properties, particularly for cardiovascular disorders. A researcher, Hiroyuki Sumi, identified the active enzyme in natto and showed its ability to dissolve blood clots.|
|Where do they come from?||Serrapeptase was originally derived from a species of bacteria called Serratia mercesans, which is found in the intestine of silkworms. The bacteria produces an enzyme that enables the silkworm to dissolve its silken cocoon and emerge. Serratia is now grown in cultures and fermented to produce serrapeptase.||Nattokinase is derived from natto, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. To make nattō, soybeans are fermented with the beneficial bacteria Bacillus natto. During fermentation, the Bacilli produce protease enzymes, the most important of which is nattokinase.|
|What do they do?||Both serrapeptase and nattokinase are widely known for helping the immune system respond to chronic or acute injury. These systemic enzymes act on protein-based complexes such as fibrin in scars around damaged tissue. Fibrin performs an important function in the body, including clotting and wound healing. However, excessive fibrin build-up in the body can impair normal blood flow which may lead to increased blood viscosity, swelling, edema, pain, inflammation and more serious cardiovascular problems. People with pulmonary fibrosis experience low oxygen levels in the blood and breathlessness due to excessive fibrin build-up in the lungs. This extra fibrin thickens and stiffens the lungs and blocks healthy oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange. This is why supplementing serrapeptase and nattokinase can help your body to relieve symptoms caused by too much fibrin build-up.|
|Research shows serrapeptase possesses significant anti-inflammatory, proteolytic (protein dissolving) and fibrinolytic (fibrin dissolving) properties. It reduces scar tissue, improves tissue healing and supports a healthy respiratory system.||Nattokinase has powerful anti-inflammatory and fibrin-degrading activity. It prevents and dissolves blood clots, promotes healthy circulation, and supports normal blood pressure. It also helps maintain healthy C-reactive protein levels (CRP). CRP is an inflammation marker and a serious risk factor for heart disease.|
Will Serrapeptase and Nattokinase cure your Pulmonary Fibrosis?
While the fibrinolytic activity of these systemic enzymes can help with scar tissue build-up and inflammation reduction, they cannot be considered cures for the disease. Mechanisms which cause uncontrolled scarring may remain in place despite the use of systemic enzymes. However, while conventional medicine has yet to find a solution to address pulmonary fibrosis (PF), systemic enzyme therapy provides hope.
What you can do to help in the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis
We have a lot of anecdotal evidence showing the benefits of systemic enzyme supplements on symptoms associated with PF. People who take systemic enzyme supplements regularly, have noticed improvements – they say they cough less and are able to do more without feeling breathless. However, there is a lack of evidence from well-designed controlled studies showing the role of enzyme supplements in health promotion and PF treatment. At Pulmonary Fibrosis Now!, we are conducting research to study the effects of systemic enzymes on symptoms and other quality of life parameters in PF patients. We would like to invite people diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis to participate in this important research that may help you or other people suffering from PF.
As of December 2020, we have completed our research study and have seen encouraging results. We will post the results as soon as the study is published. For now, the rest of our publications are featured under The Learning Challenge, Level 3 (Stay in the Know): https://pulmonaryfibrosisnow.org/challenge/
Here is a video with someone’s personal account of systemic enzyme therapy: https://pulmonaryfibrosisnow.org/2019/10/02/lindas-pulmonary-fibrosis-journey-and-systemic-enzyme-therapy/.
We also have lots of blog posts sharing more about what to expect, such as these three: https://pulmonaryfibrosisnow.org/2019/09/29/systemic-enzyme-therapy-and-pulmonary-fibrosis/, https://pulmonaryfibrosisnow.org/2019/09/30/what-is-systemic-enzyme-therapy/, https://pulmonaryfibrosisnow.org/2020/10/07/dietary-supplements-to-help-with-pulmonary-fibrosis/.