Can Orally Taken Serrapeptase Be Absorbed Without Being Broken Down in the Gut?

I have seen it written many times on the web, where one person suggests serrapeptase as a treatment for some condition, only to be attacked by someone else stating that serrapeptase doesn’t work because it will be broken down in the gut like every other enzyme and end up as amino acids in the blood.

Advances in coating proteins to pass through the digestive tract intact has done little to reassure the doubters.  I have found and article published in the Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry journal where researchers looked at intestinal absorption of serrapeptase in rats.

After rats were given 100mg/Kg serrapeptase orally, serrapeptase did appear in the blood, with peak levels between 30 minutes and 2 hours.  The serrapeptase in the blood as examined by proteinase assay to determine it’s structure.

Results indicated that orally taken serrapeptase was absorbed from the intestines into the blood in an enzymically active form.

Read the paper here.

About Andy

I suffered a serious neck injury when I was about 19 years old. That problem didn't affect me until I was in my 40s, but I then suffered two prolapsed discs in my neck and problems with my right arm and hand. Serrapeptase was recommended by my chiropractor to try to break up the scar tissue around the vertebrae that were causing me the problems. It seemed to help me with my problem, so created this site to help inform people what serrapeptase is, what it can do and just as importantly, what it cannot do. I hope you find the information useful.

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