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Serrapeptase Helped her Flaking — Among Other Things
from Heather Q.

I read with interest Sylvia C.'s posting asking if others had had experience with serrapeptase helping psoriasis.   I started using serrapeptase in 2001, to keep chronic sinusitis under control.  While taking serrapeptase for this purpose, I found it improved my other inflammation-related conditions, including psoriasis.

My psoriasis started in 1995 as a result of job stress, with simultaneous exposure to nickel, to which I'm allergic, and a dirty job environment.  For a period of five years, I had splitting, bleeding lesions on the soles of my feet, palms of my hands, tips of my fingers, with thick, flaking lesions on arms and legs.  In 2000, I changed from the problem job to a new one.   My large splitting, bleeding lesions mostly healed, and the size and thickness of other lesions was reduced.  However, my hands remained so sensitive that I could not work with tools, hold on to the handle of a shopping cart with ungloved hands, or handle paper, without experiencing immediate pain and itching, as well as a severe inflammatory reaction within a half hour.  I still had lesions on my hands, arms and legs, and my fingertips would still split at a moment's notice.  I still needed expensive prescription ointments and creams, like Kenalog and Diprolene.

In 2001, when I first used serrapeptase to bring sinusitis under control, I had a good immediate result.  Within half an hour of taking the first 20,000 units, mucous membrane inflammation was reduced, and the body's natural processes began to clear my sinus infection.  I was really happy, and went to the Internet to read everything available about serrapeptase.  I was pleased to find that it appeared to have no negative interactions with other substances, and no apparent side effects.  Some studies I read seemed to indicate that somewhat larger dosages than the 20,000 units twice daily, recommended on my serrapeptase bottle, would be OK.  None of the studies I read at the time mentioned using serrapeptase to treat psoriasis, by the way.

After using serrapeptase for a few days for sinusitis, I noticed that other conditions were improving.  This was unexpected.  I found increased sensitivity in my hands and feet, while swelling, inflammation, itching and pain, and the redness of all my psoriasis lesions, were all reduced.  I figured that this was due to improved circulation, something serrapeptase is supposed to do.  Thinking that the higher dosage mentioned in some studies might help with these other conditions continue to improve,  I began to take 40,000 units three times a day.  It was after a week at this dosage that I noticed an actual reduction in the size of my remaining psoriasis lesions.  Over a period of two months, the lesions almost completely cleared. 

I have taken this dosage daily for four years now, and all my inflammation-related conditions have improved markedly.  It completely reversed my long-standing peripheral neuropathy, cleared the slight numbness in the tips of my big toes, greatly improved sensitivity in my fingertips, almost completely eliminated arthritic pain, reduced intestinal inflammation, and brought my psoriasis under control to the point where I only have three small lesions (each the size of a dime or smaller — one on a knuckle, and one on each elbow), which I am able to minimize even further with nothing more than a non-prescription 10% hydrocortisone cream, such as Cortizone-10 Plus.  I am extremely grateful for the existence of serrapeptase, which has had the overall effect of improving my daily existence in every way.

I am not a doctor, and cannot recommend the higher dosage I take to other people.   However, I am personally glad I took a chance on the higher dosage, because the results have been so good for me.  I continue with this daily dosage even now.  While my inflammation-related conditions are strongly controlled by serrapeptase, they are not eliminated completely.   The sinusitis, psoriasis and arthritis start to recur if I stop taking serrapeptase for a few weeks.  Since it takes weeks or months to roll the conditions back down to where they are almost unnoticeable, I have learned it's wise to just continue with my daily dosage.  I also figure this dosage is helping me maintain good circulatory and heart health.

A coda:  About two years ago, I was taking a vase down from a shelf, and it began to slip from my grasp.  Five years ago, it would have shattered on the floor, as psoriasis and arthritis had reduced my strength, sensitivity, reflex speed, and range of motion.  This time, I instinctively moved my arm and hand beneath the slipping vase, as I would have done when I was much younger, and I successfully caught the vase before it hit the floor.  I felt as if the years had rolled back, and missing parts of my life had returned.

I would be extremely happy if serrapeptase were further studied in the United States, so physicians and retailers would become more aware of its wonderful therapeutic capabilities, and recommend or sell it.  Until this past year, it was hard to find serrapeptase in the USA.  The only sources were a couple of web sites. Now a few health food stores carry it, and there are more web sites selling it.  However, still you can't walk in to your local drugstore and purchase serrapeptase in the USA.  I find that to be a shame — it's so beneficial I think it should be easily available everywhere.

Cheers, -Heather Q.

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Ed’s Response:  Thanks for this report, Heather.  I went back to Sylvia C.’s email that was posted in 2002 and was happy to see the link to the distributor — Club Natural — still works.  The following is excerpted from their excellent product write-up.

The silkworm holds a treasure beyond the luxury of exquisite textiles. It’s called serrapeptase (AKA Serratio Peptidase or SP, DanzenTM, AniflazymTM SerraZymeTM), a powerful protolytic enzyme that dissolves all nonliving tissue, including blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque and inflammation in all forms.  http://www.clubnatural.com/serpowsilanc.html

Re-reading the entire article made me surprised that we’ve not heard more about serrapeptase here at FlakeHQ.  If inflammatory responses are engendered by non-living toxic agents in the body, and serrapeptase helps the body dispose of these substances, the connect-the-dots exercise linking serrapeptase to improved psoriasis is pretty straightforward. 

One thing’s for certain (based on the Club Natural link): serrapeptase is considerably cheaper than a lot of the other options available to us.  -Ed

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