Tonight I made an interesting discovery. I was eating a "baguette" from a local grocery store, so something between real bakery's bread and an industrial loaf. Out of curiosity I glanced at the ingredient list and found out it contains some: alpha-amylase. I was surprised because the only other times I had heard of this was as an active ingredient of a sore throat medication: Maxilase.
I double checked on the Internet and it turns out that:
- Alpha-Amylase is a protein enzyme that (if I understood correctly) helps break down starch, and glycogen into fructose and maltose https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-amylase
- Alpha-Amylase can be used in bread production to speed up leavening. http://www.cooksinfo.com/alpha-amylase
- The Maxilase sold in France contains Alpha-Amylase as an active ingredient 3000U per tablet. I have no clue how much an U is. http://base-donnees-publique.medicaments.gouv.fr/affichageDoc.php?specid=60095729&typedoc=N
- The Maxilase sold in India contains Serrapeptase
- Both Alpha-Amylase and Serrapeptase have been claimed to act as anti-inflammatory agents, but I found a very old paper contradicting the claim for the former http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/328733
, while wikipedia lists similar results for the latter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serratiopeptidase
Has anyone done any more research (I spent 5 minutes on it) on the effectiveness of these two supposed anti-inflammatory agents?