Systemic Enzymes: The Three Musketeers – Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, Lumbrokinase
Following on from last month’s article, let’s take a closer look at three key systemic enzymes, which we like to think of as the three musketeers; fighting for the good of the people.
Serrapeptase is born in the intestine of the silk worm, where it is produced by bacteria and used by the silk worm to digest its cocoon. It is now produced in the lab by the non-pathogenic bacteria serratia E15.
Also known by its pet name serratiopeptidase, serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme best known for its ability to:
- Support Temperature balance allowing nutrients to reach damaged areas, removing wastes and improving healing time
- Soothe and calm
- Degrade proteins like non-living tissues, scar tissue and cysts
- Break down circulating toxins and cellular debris, thus supporting the immune system
- Degrade mucus to clear airways
- Break down fibrin in the blood
- Support fluid balance
Nattokinase originated from Japan; having been isolated from the traditional Japanese fermented soybean dish ‘Natto’. Nattokinase is produced by the bacterium Bacillus subtillis during the fermentation process.
It wields its sword close to the heart; acting specifically in the cardiovascular system to:
- Break down fibrin in the blood, supporting healthy blood viscosity (thickness) and normal blood pressure
- Support healthy blood flow to all areas of the body
- Break down scar tissue
- Act as an antioxidant by protecting against LDL oxidation
Nattokinase and serrapeptase can both be obtained individually or in combination with other enzymes. Serrapeptase is often combined with the enzymes bromelain and papain as a blend for temperature balance and scar tissue. Nattokinase is often combined with serrapeptase and other enzymes for heart health and fibrin breakdown.
Lumbrokinase is made up of a group of six enzymes first derived from the earthworm family, and has been the masked defender in Chinese hospitals since 1990. It has a strong stomach for blood flow; used most commonly for its ability to support healthy blood coagulation, where there is too much blood clotting and the bodies’ normal mechanisms to reduce blood viscosity are not functioning properly.
*This enzyme is usually sold as a practitioner-only product to be prescribed by a qualified health practitioner.
**Anyone taking blood-thinning medication should consult their health care professional prior to taking systemic enzymes.