Serrapeptase and High Blood Pressure: An Effective Combination?
If you are one of the millions of people worldwide who struggle with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, you may have tried a variety of medications and lifestyle changes to manage your condition. However, there is a natural remedy that you may not have heard of yet: serrapeptase.
What is Serrapeptase?
Serrapeptase is an enzyme that is naturally produced by bacteria living in the intestines of silkworms. The enzyme is responsible for breaking down the cocoon that the silkworms spin around themselves before emerging as moths. Serrapeptase has been used for decades in Europe and Asia as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
In recent years, serrapeptase has gained attention for its potential ability to lower blood pressure. Some studies have suggested that serrapeptase may help to relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow, leading to lower blood pressure levels.
How Does Serrapeptase Lower Blood Pressure?
Researchers believe that serrapeptase may help to lower blood pressure by several mechanisms. First, the enzyme may help to break down excess fibrin, a protein that can accumulate in the blood vessels and contribute to hypertension. By breaking down fibrin, serrapeptase may help to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow.
In addition, serrapeptase may help to relax the smooth muscles in the blood vessels, allowing them to dilate and lower blood pressure. The enzyme may also help to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, two factors that can contribute to hypertension.
What Does the Research Say?
Although the research on serrapeptase and blood pressure is still in its early stages, some studies have shown promising results. For example, a 2013 study published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Hypertension found that serrapeptase supplementation was effective in lowering blood pressure in rats with hypertension.
Similarly, a 2015 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that serrapeptase supplementation significantly reduced blood pressure in human participants with mild hypertension.
While these studies are encouraging, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of serrapeptase for hypertension. It is important to note that serrapeptase should not be used as a substitute for prescribed blood pressure medication without first consulting with a healthcare professional.
How to Take Serrapeptase?
Serrapeptase supplements are available in capsule form and can be found at most health food stores or online. The recommended dosage may vary depending on the specific product and the individual’s health status. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.
Possible Side Effects
While serrapeptase is generally considered safe for most people, some individuals may experience mild side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, or skin rash. Rarely, individuals with a history of bleeding disorders may experience increased bleeding when taking serrapeptase. It is important to speak with a healthcare professional before taking serrapeptase, especially if you are taking any medications or have a medical condition.
Serrapeptase is a natural enzyme that has shown promising potential for lowering blood pressure. While more research is needed to fully understand its benefits and potential side effects, serrapeptase may be a safe and effective complementary treatment for individuals with hypertension. It is important to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen and to continue taking prescribed blood pressure medication as directed.
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My name is Phyllis Robinson MSN, RN. I have been a Registered Nurse for 27 years in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. I am passionate about cardiac care and heart disease. I also want this blog to be an educational tool that people can refer to for traditional and alternative treatment. I will blog on heart disorders such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and high cholesterol.
I received my Nursing degree from Baltimore Community College.
I went on to receive my Masters in Nursing from Walden University
I have worked for almost 30 years in Critical Care with a focus on heart health. I am an advocate of preventive healthcare.