Asthma is a very common condition that causes the narrowing and swelling of airways, making it difficult to breathe. These effects may result in coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. When this narrowing occurs, the body signals the production of mucus, which can cause obstruction of the airway and increase symptom severity. Asthma and its symptom severity can greatly range, causing a minor nuisance in some, while presenting as a life-threatening condition in others. Because there is no cure for asthma, treatments are focused on controlling the symptoms
Effectively addressing the symptoms of asthma is critical, as these symptoms often interfere with sleep, work, and recreational activities. Even more alarming, asthma may result in permanent narrowing of the bronchial tubes, greatly affecting breathing. To combat the symptoms, healthcare practitioners focus on long-term control and prevention. In prevention, recognizing triggers and taking steps to avoid them is the first step in treatment.
Standard medications for asthma patients are guided by: the patient’s age, symptoms, triggers, and other individual data. However, most medications that address long-term, preventative care are targeted at reducing inflammation in the airways. Perhaps the most common treatment route is the inhaled corticosteroid. This kind of treatment is beneficial for sudden flare-ups, and is considered safe for long-term use. Other oral medications for asthma usually can’t be taken with corticosteroids, which may somewhat limit therapy.
Asthma patients often research natural or alternative therapies, usually for use in combination with standard treatment. Serrapeptase has been used for years in the fight against asthma, with its clinical benefits being published in several peer-reviewed journals. One of the best ways that serrapeptase fights asthma, is through its effects on mucus. As a complex, viscoelastic gel, mucus is an important factor in airway defense against foreign pathogens. However, when mucus is over-produced, this gel can obstruct the airway and impair cough clearance. Even more unnerving, having an abundance of mucus can promote recurrent respiratory infection and increase inflammation.
Serrapeptase has been named as an effective mucolytic enzyme, meaning it works by breaking down the mucus directly. After being absorbed in the intestinal tract, serrapeptase is transferred into circulation and an active form, where it takes effect by decreasing airway mucus viscosity and improves clearance. While having beneficial effects on mucus production and breakdown, serrapeptase also inhibits the inflammatory response; this was proven in a 2003 study in The Journal of Respirology. The researchers found that patients who were given oral serrapeptase had increased clearance of mucus, as well as a lower volume of inflammatory cells within the mucus (as compared to the control group). The researchers noted that serrapeptase works directly on the airway epithelium in several ways, lessening the symptoms of chronic airway disease.
Because serrapeptase is an all-natural alternative therapy, it does not interfere with prescription medications. Unlike many other oral asthma medications, serrapeptase can be taken by those who use a corticosteroid inhaler. Because serrapeptase has blood-thinning properties as an anti-inflammatory agent, those who are on prescription blood-thinners should consult with their doctor prior to starting a serrapeptase regimen.