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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 01:15 AM
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40. Serrazimes or serrapeptidase
I hesistate to share this as there are so few studies to be read on this enzyme and most stuff on the net makes it sound like a panacea. Well it is no panacea but it has causes some changes for the better in me. When I was first reading up on enzymes I came across some info on serrapeptidase (Wiki ). I thought it sounded like snake oil but what if there was something to it? I have several health issues that while not life threatening they are life limiting. Anything that would reduce the limitation even partially, and do so without creating more problems, would be great.

So I read that Serrapepidase is supposed to break up protein specifically fibrin which forms in injuries. WEll I have a bad back from lifting much too heavy things and some minor injuries as a child and bad knees from an imbalanced workout program I joined to loose some excess weight (speaking of cures worse than the ailment!). Even after physical therapy with followup exercises at home they still bothered and made crunching nosies which made me :scared: So I wondered what if it was true this enzyme would help clean out the debris broken bits of cartilage, etc? And while no articles mentioned it I wondered what it would do to my back and those tiny tares and adhesions? Delightful rampant speculation! Then i read it broke up mucus and I a person who have had chronic sinusitis as far back as I can remember. What if it at least helped this? That would be worth a try as the only contraindication I could find was it thins the blood a bit and I have no problems that may be worsened by this. I found that Swanson's had a version of serrpetidase (serrazimes ) on sale at the same time as I was ordering something else and w/free shipping so I thought what the heck and bought a couple.

I started cautiously with 1 every other day and I would feel warm all over about 30 to 45 minutes after taking it first thing when I got up. Also in about 10 minutes after my sinus would drain like mad. After a nearly a week I went to 1 per day and later 2 per day every few days. Probably 3 weeks after I started I suddenly noticed my knees were more flexible when they started going backwards again when I was going down stairs. You see I have hypermobile joints or as most people call them double joints. I used to enjoy freaking people out a bit showing them how my knees and elbows go backwards visibly :p It was then I looked back and realized that even on really cold days my knees weren't aching like usual and my back wasn't so touchy. That is I could bend over for several minutes without my lower back muscles starting to cramp up. A few times I upped the dose to the maximum suggested dose but I didn't feel like it helped more so rather than feel like I was wasting it I cut back to 1 per day. It feels like there is only so much that can be done at a time and that a higher dose is wasted in me. Only in the past few days did I feel the need for 1 twice a day as I have been doing some heavy work and have the aching and stiffness to prove it. I have done things that normally would have me curled up in a ball unable to move or even straighten out until someone hauls me to a doctor for heavy duty muscle relaxants none of which i can take anymore due to allergens in the tablet fillers. Of all the convention and alternative things I have done this is the most improvement I have seen since I first tore up my back. I am in no way cured as yet but these improvements give me hope that with some more time my back with the enzyme and proper strengthening and *very* gentle stretching might get closer than ever to where it used to be!
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