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Serrapeptase - What is it?
In school we often learn about the lifecycle of a moth. We study the various stages: egg to larvae, pupa to moth, and then back to egg. If we’re lucky, we get to witness the beautiful moth emerging from its tightly wound cocoon. Did you ever wonder how such a delicate insect is able to push its way out of the hard cocoon? It all has to do with a powerful enzyme called serrapeptase.
Breaking out of the cocoon isn’t any easy task. Those cocoons are tough—made from 1,000 to 3,000 feet of raw silk produced by the salivary glands of the silkworm. The cocoon has to protect the silkworm while it transforms into a moth. So, how can such a small creature exhibit such power?
That’s just what entomologists—scientists who study insects—set out to figure out. They started to take a closer look at this beautiful diminutive creature and their cocoons.
The researchers discovered that the silk moth produces a powerful enzyme called serrapeptase while in the cocoon to dissolve the proteins that hold the cocoon together. Serrapeptase is also called serratiopeptidase. Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme, meaning that it breaks up proteins into smaller peptides, and eventually into their components, amino acids.
More recently, scientists learned that the proteins in a silk moth’s cocoon are nearly identical to fibrin. Fibrin is a protein that can collect at various points throughout the human body –particularly our joints. Excess fibrin can harden tissue, which restricts movement and heightens discomfort.
Researchers were amazed, and encouraged. Could the serrapeptase enzyme from a silk moth help comfort human joints? And, if they could, how could they extract the serrapeptase from the silk moth?
Nutritional scientists got to work and developed a way to create highly-concentrated, extremely pure serrapeptase enzyme in the laboratory, with a special fermentation process using natural ingredients. The supplement form of serrapeptase was then studied in humans and shown to support a reduction in the build-up of irritating fibrin and to comfort joints.
Our ArthroZyme® Plus and original ArthroZyme® formulas give you the exact form of serrapeptase enzyme used in the human study—at the 10 mg research dose—to help ease everyday stiffness and comfort your joints.