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Date: 29.03.2009
From: Helen

Subject: serrapeptase

Hi. I've got osteo arthritis and a friend has recommended taking serrapeptase to reduce inflamation. Has anybody any experience of this?
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Date: 30.03.2009
From: Mitch

Subject: Re: serrapeptase

Serrapeptase is actually a brand name of the proteolytic enzyme serratiopeptidase. The evidence supporting serratiopeptidase as an anti-inflammatory is rather weak. It is also of concern when any product claims to treat just about everything from heart attacks to rheumatoid arthritis. It is claimed to be an alternative to NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which have a solid evidence base.
I would not use this medication as a first choice, and only consider it worth a try if there was a medical reason not to use proven medications such as NSAIDs. It may work for some but is not a miracle cure. Even if it does decrease inflammation, this is onlyone component of osteoarthritic pain.
More info on osteoarthritis on my new blog:
http://thearthriticknee.blogspot.com/
hope this helps
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Date: 16.06.2009
From: Liz

Subject: Re: serrapeptase

I would definitely give it a try. There is quite a bit of research behind serrapeptase and its ability to reduce inflammation, and even reduce pain. NSAIDs have numerous very negative side effects that many do not take seriously enough (gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers, kidney damage, etc). There is a product I know of called Fibrozym (find it at: http://www.seacoastvitamins.com/product_info.php?products_id=2465) that contains serrapeptase, and additional enzymes derived from papaya and pineapple. It should really help with the inflammation, and there are no known side effects. Of course, consult with a doctor as well, especially if you're taking anything else.
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