Frequently Asked Questions
Serrapeptase Enteric Coated Serrapeptase
The Problem with Discomfort
Systemic enzymes are key to a healthy lifestyle. Processed food, exposure to environmental toxins and occasional illness cause the body to use up these enzymes, forcing it to work even harder to make these enzymes and use them in the many complex reactions that take place every moment in our bodies.
Many people reach for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen to address discomfort. They are effective but come with serious side effects such as gastric bleeding, joint/cartilage damage, disrupted metabolism, increased blood sugar, loss of bone and emotional disorders, among others. In July of 1998, The American Journal of Medicine stated the following about NSAID-related gastrointestinal and metabolic complications:
“Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.”
An all-natural systemic enzyme, serrapeptase is a catalyst that stimulates and alters the body’s own capacity to recover with minimal side effects.
Serrapeptase (Peptizyme-SP®) for Healthy Fibrin Metabolism
Serrapeptaseis a powerful systemic enzyme that promotes total body support. Being the most powerful serrapeptase on the market, Serrapeptase is unrivaled among products of its kind because it is packed with 130K SPU per capsule (80K is also available), the strongest in the world. Serrapeptase – also known by serrapeptidase, serratiopeptidase and serratia peptidase - is a powerful proteolytic enzyme derived from a species of bacteria originally found in the intestine of silkworms. The bacterium, Serratia mercesans, produces the enzyme serrapeptase to enable the silkworm to dissolve its silken cocoon and emerge as a moth after metamorphosis. Don’t worry – no worms were harmed in the making of Serrapeptase. Serratia is now grown in cultures to produce serrapeptase by fermentation.
How do SU’s relate to IU’s?
Enzyme activity is often measured through a FCC (Food Chemicals Codex) or USP (United States Pharmacopeia) assays and is indicated by IU (international unit). Some enzymes don’t have a standard FCC or USP assay, such as serrapeptase. However, Japanese Pharmacopeia (JP) has established an activity assay specific for serrapeptase, which measures activity in SPU, or serrapeptase unit.
IU or SU is used interchangeably on different serrapeptase products. While we do not know what sort of assays other companies use to test their enzymes, you can still compare the activity level on a one-to-one basis. Unlike other supplements, the weight (mg) of an enzyme supplement carries no significance. It is not the amount but the potency, or activity, of the enzyme that really matters. Guaranteeing the ingredients are available to the body is more important than how much of the ingredient is listed on a supplement label.
NOTE: It is important to continue “therapeutic doses” until results are seen. This should then be reduced to a “maintenance dose” of 1-3 capsules two times a day.
Serrapeptase (Peptizyme-SP®)can be used along with other systemic enzyme blends such as Exclzyme or Serracor-NK to support fibrinolytic activity and mucus viscosity in the respiratory system.* This trademark is an absolute guarantee of quality.
Complete AST Enzymes Line of Products
- Digestive Enzymes | DigeSEB-GI
- Gluten & Casein Digestion | Gluten Relief
- Milk & Cheese Digestion | Lacto-Relief
- Immune Support | Vida-Defense
- Candida Yeast Cleanse | Floracor-GI
- Circulation & Inflammation | Serracor-NK
- Total Body Therapy | Exclzyme
- Joint & Inflammation | Exclzyme-2AF
- Serrapeptase (80,000 SU) | Peptizyme-SP