Pain, swelling, scar tissue, these are commonly associated with sports injury, but in our line of work, they are commonly experienced by women with reproductive health issues. From endometriosis, uterine fibroids to Asherman’s syndrome, women with fertility health problems are constantly looking for relief from their uncomfortable symptoms.
The drugs and procedures they are offered, often aren’t as effective as they would like them to be, may have side effects and time and again don’t solve the root of the problem. This leads women to look for alternatives. One increasingly popular natural alternative is enzyme therapy. With a plethora of enzymes out there, how’s a gal supposed to know which ones are best for fertility health issues?
Enzyme Therapy for Fertility
In our practice, we like to work with Systemic Enzyme Therapy, which consists of a blend of specific enzymes shown through research to be beneficial to women with infertility. Systemic Enzyme Therapy isn’t very well known though, and when people first become interested in enzyme therapy, they begin doing research and may stumbleupon information about a specific enzyme known as serrapeptase, and for good reason. Serrapeptase’s benefits may help women with reproductive health issues feel better and take part in healing their body, from the inside out.
There are distinct differences between serrapeptase and Systemic Enzyme Therapy. My goal is to help you learn the difference between the two and why we prefer to work with the group of enzymes that make up Systemic Enzyme Therapy, rather than serrapeptase alone…
What is Serrapeptase and What Does it Do?
Serrapeptase, also referred to as serratiopeptidase, is a proteolytic enzyme, or a protease that works to break up, digest and assist the body in removing unnecessary proteins circulating in the bloodstream (necrotic debris and fibrin) that deposit at the site of inflammation or injury within the body. Both are known to be contributors to chronic illness. Proteolytic enzymes also have been found to be pain relieving through their ability to block the release of pain-producing amines* from inflamed tissues.
In the 1970s serrapeptase was discovered in the digestive tract of Japanese silk worms and found to be produced by the non-pathogenic bacteria called Serratia sp. E-15 thriving there. Many resources still share that serrapeptase come from silk worms. This is false, at least for serrapeptase products manufactured in the US. Due to demand after its discovery and initial research findings, serrapeptase is now largely produced through microbial fermentation in laboratory settings.
Using Serrapeptase for Female Fertility Issues
Research also shows serrapeptase has the ability to dissolve and digest non-living tissue – scars, fibrous cysts in the breasts and uterus, and blood clots.
Studies out of Singapore and Japan reveal that 85.7% of female participants with fibrocystic breast disease experiencing breast engorgement (swelling), pain and firmness showed moderate to marked improvement after undergoing serrapeptase therapy versus those receiving a placebo.
Extensive research has been conducted on the ability of serrapeptase to reduce chronic inflammation and support a healthy immune response within the body to reduce inflammation and swelling. Serrapeptase does this by digesting the biofilm (fluid bubble) at the site of injury, or around inflamed or damaged tissues, thins the fluid within the biofilm and increases drainage of these fluids.
It is because of these actions that serrapeptase is used in natural medicine to treat the following health issues which happen to be common side effects of many fertility health issues…
- chronic inflammation
- pain associated with proteins – often from scar tissue and edema
- viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections
- postoperative inflammation, lesions and scars
- varicose veins
Systemic Enzyme Therapy or Serrapeptase?
The jury is out really! In all the reading I have done in both scientific journals, literature from enzyme manufacturers and even in opinion pieces by medical doctors and natural healthcare providers, not one person disputes the powerful impact enzymes have on the body, or the way they support the body. What I have discovered is that enzymes are often manufactured and sold in blends containing multiple enzymes and some also contain vitamins and antioxidants.
We like Wobenzym N for systemic enzyme therapy because it is backed by years of scientific research specific to a variety of fertility issues. According to NFI Senior Herbalist Dalene Barton, “Wobenzym is the only systemic enzyme formula that has been shown to safely reduce the incidence of immune related recurrent miscarriage during pregnancy. The research also shows no negative side effects on either the mother or baby through long-term use during pregnancy. Other studies have given hope to the healing of Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Blocked Fallopian Tubes, scar tissue and adhesion reduction and elimination, and increased chance of healing other immune-related fertility issues such as antisperm antibodies.”
It is important to note that Wobenzym N contains enzymes that are derived from animals, so this may not be the best choice for vegetarians and vegans.
Serrapeptase is touted as the “miracle enzyme” and has been extensively studied in relation to its effects on the cardiovascular system, otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) disorders, musculoskeletal injury and surgery, and for its ability to promote a healthy inflammatory response and improve circulation within the body, rather than infertility.
Are you wondering, can Systemic Enzyme Therapy and Serrapeptase be taken together? Yes!
Choosing a Serrapeptase Supplement
Serrapeptase is measured by it’s potency within a product which appears on the product label with the abbreviations SPU or SU. Look for these measurements. Serrapeptase supplements in general often contain 100,000 SPU or SU and have varying suggested use instructions because its effectiveness is dependent on the person. Enzymes work with an individual’s biochemistry. It is best to follow the guideline of the manufacturer of the serrapeptase supplement or enzyme blend chosen.
Talk to your healthcare provider about taking serrapeptase if you are taking any medications, especially any form of anticoagulant medication because serrapeptase is a blood-thinning agent, or if you are undergoing a medical procedure.
*Definition of amines: an organic compound derived from ammonia by replacement of one or more hydrogen atoms by organic groups.