Inflammation, Pain, Post-Op Healing & Silkworms!
Travel with me waaay back to 1st grade. Remember that fun project where you took home silkworms and got to witness their transformation into moths?
Why am I bringing this up and what the heck do they have to do with you and endo?
Well it turns out those little worms have a lot to offer if you are healing from surgery and are looking for natural ways to reduce pain, inflammation and scar formation.
Silkworms have an enzyme called Serrapeptase (or serratiopeptidase) in their digestive tract that helps them digest their cocoon as they magically transform into moths.
Not quite magic but enzymes!
What are Enzymes Anyway?
As a quick side detour enzymes are an essential part of most metabolic processes in the human body.
Proteolytic enzymes is a type of enzyme that breaks down proteins into smaller amino acids.
Enzymes are involved in:
- Immune function (hello endo)
Most enzymes used as therapeutics are obtained from plants, animals, or microbial sources.
In this case silkworms!
The healing powers of Serrapeptase!
Different enzymes do different things.
In the case of Serrapeptase it has been found to be:
- Anti-inflammatory (by modulating the inflammatory response)
- Anti-biofilm (goodbye stealth infections)
- Analegsic (goodbye pain)
- Anti-edemic (goodbye cysts)
- Fibrinolytic (goodbye clotting)
It has even been tested and shown to reduce the progression of infection and control the progression of inflammatory diseases.
I don’t know about you but the first time I read that list I got excited because several of those problems are ones us Endo warriors face everyday.
Issues with pain, inflammation, blood clotting, infections… umm ya we need extra support in those areas.
Post-Op Healing with Serra
If the list above isn’t exciting enough I’ve read (and personally tested) Serra’s power post operatively.
There are several studies on Serra accelerating the wound healing process while decreasing the appearance and formation of scars.
After my last wide excision surgery I took serrapepatse along with a few other supplements and was able to transition off pain meds within a few days.
Yes, even I was shocked. And no I don’t have a high pain tolerance… just ask my family.
Where to find it and dosage
Before taking Serrapeptase or any supplement always consult with your Doctor.
But for real… speak to them about this one because it is very powerful for post operative healing.
Make sure they give you the green light as serra’s blood thinning properties need to be considered if you are having heavy bleeding or have genetics that put you in the heavy bleeding category. Your care team needs to know what you are taking or plan to take to best assist you.
Another quick tip of caution, I don’t like taking Serra all the time but cycle it in and out. Because of it’s blood thinning powers I don’t take the week before my period.
No one like heavy periods.
Where do I find it?
There are lots of companies who sell this enzyme but not all of them are high quality as it isn’t regulated.
I personally like SerraGold and you can buy it off Amazon.
Each capsule has 100,000 SPU and that’s higher than most brands.
If your doctor gives you the “all clear” start off at 1 SerraGold capsule daily on an empty stomach for swelling and pain reduction.
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For more articles on supplements I’ve used with success check out this article on NAC.
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