It appears that serrapeptase is the solution to my current knee problem. Earlier I wrote about the problems I was having with my knee. In summary, it was popping and swelling and making it difficult for me to perform my usual daily tasks. Chiropractic visits seemed to temporarily improve things but it didn’t completely solve the issue.
I was pretty much at my wit’s end. A simple one-mile walk would cause the knee to swell like a balloon. After the walk, I could barely move because it was so swollen and unstable. The same thing would happen after a bike ride.
Needless to say, I was becoming very frustrated because it seemed no matter how hard I tried to get this knee thing licked, it kept coming back. Out of desperation, I started taking ibuprofen to bring the swelling down. Knowing the side effects, it wasn’t my preferred solution.
Serrapeptase an Ibuprofen Alternative
As I was about to pop an ibuprofen it came to me that proteolytic enzymes work to reduce inflammation and pain. Fortunately, I wasn’t in pain, but I was definitely inflamed so I switched to serrapeptase instead. At first, I took 120,000 SPUs (Amazon affiliate link) three times a day. That dose didn’t do anything for my knee (at least visibly) so I was about to resort to ibuprofen again. However, after thinking about it, I decided to increase my serrapeptase dose. I increased it to 200,000 SPUs three times daily.
“Serrapeptase, technically called Serratio Peptidase, is a proteolytic enzyme, which means that it chops up or digests protein. It is produced by bacteria in the gut of silkworms and is used to digest their cocoons. When this enzyme is isolated and coated in the form of a tablet, it has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and a pain-blocker, much like aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…” Life Extension Magazine (2003, September) Serrapeptase: The natural anti-inflammatory
The first day I increased the dose I went for a walk. I felt like my old self. So much so, that I decided to extend my usual walking route (It felt so good to be out and about again). When I got home I was afraid I had overdone it, but my knee didn’t swell. No discomfort or anything. By the second day, the popping in my knee reduced dramatically.
It’s been a week now and the popping sound is gone, the knee is back to its pre-swollen size and I’m able to walk, bike and do all activities I did prior to my episode.
Consulting Dr. Internet about Serrapeptase
Of course, experiencing such great results wasn’t enough; I had to check with Dr. Internet to confirm I wasn’t harming myself in taking 600,000 SPUs of serrapeptase daily.
A quick search brought me to Benedict Howard’s YouTube videos. This man took 1.5 million SPUs daily of serrapeptase for about 6 months. You’ve got to check out his results. He basically confirmed what I’m experiencing. He documents his results in a series of videos (7 in total).
Cause of My Knee Problem
I’m not exactly sure what caused my knee issues. I tend to think it’s a result of an old injury. Let’s face it, over the years I’ve banged my knee a few times. Some of those times were memorable (one particularly painful incident comes to mind — ouch!). Those injuries weren’t bad enough for me to seek medical attention, but maybe they were just enough to cause scar tissue to form.
Over the years between wear and tear and age things got worse until my knee started popping and swelling (this is all theory on my part). In addition to reducing inflammation and pain, serrapeptase also dissolves scar tissue. Taking my theory even further, I believe the serrapeptase began dissolving the scar tissue in my knee (and wherever else I have scar tissue) thus making my knee feel better.
Things I’ve Noticed Since Taking Serrapeptase
If you check out Benedict Howard’s video, he mentions mental clarity, increased flexibility, improved endurance, lack of lower back pain and more. I’ve only been taking serrapeptase for a week, but I do notice the mental clarity and also smoother, softer skin.
I’ll continue to take it for a few more months. At that point, I will evaluate things and adjust/eliminate as I see fit. In the meanwhile, I do suggest taking a look at Benedict Howard’s serrapeptase videos. He is not a doctor and neither am I, but results speak for themselves.
Serrapeptase: Silkworm Enzyme