The Health Benefits of Papaya Enzyme
Papaya Enzyme is a powerful digestive enzyme commonly found and extracted
from the papaya fruit (Carica papaya) , it is also referred to as papaya proteinase.
The papaya-enzyme papain plays a key role in digestive processes involving
breaking down tough protein fibers. For this reason, it has been commonly
used in its native South America as a digestive support for meat eating.
Science is catching up with the wisdom of traditional healers in South America.
Papain can play a significant role in the breakdown of toxins and is a powerful
digestive aid and antioxidant.
How Does Papaya Enzyme Papain Work?
The papaya-enzyme papain is able to break down larger proteins into smaller
proteins or peptides or even into the smallest amino-acid subunit by cleaving
the bonds in the interior of the protein chain or the end of the chain (endopeptidase
and exopeptidase activity, respectively) in a broad pH range.
This gives it a marked ability to enhance the total digestive process and increase
the nutrient absorption of protein-based foods. Its ability to hydrolyse (break down)
proteins also means that it can play a key role in many normal physiological
processes and potentially influence disease processes for the good.
The Health Benefits of Papaya Enzyme Papain
1. Boosts Digestion
One of the key areas in which papain serves the body, is in the realm of its
protein-digestive properties. The University of Michigan supports its use as an
enzymatic support for the intestines, stomach and the pancreas.
2. Skin and Wound Care
Due to papain’s beneficial capacities, it is currently being studied for topical
applications on burns, irritations and wounds. It has also been used for
ulcers and bedsores. Traditional cultures in Hawaii and Tahiti made poultices
out of the skins of papaya, as this part of the fruit is particularly concentrated
in papain. They applied it to the skin to heal wounds, burns, rashes and bug stings.
3. Resistant to Fungus
Studies show that the enzyme papain is also resistant to fungus. A 2010 report
from the African Journal of Agricultural Research found that extracts from Carica
papaya (papain) could statistically reduce the fungal pathogen causing
pawpaw fruit rot.
4. Immune System Support
According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, papain may act as an
immune support system for cancer treatment, as proteolytic enzymes such as
papain help to modulate leukocytes in the immune response.
5. Redness Resistant
Studies confirm that the papain enzyme has powerful resistance to redness and
may help reduce joint and prostate irritation. One study from the University of
Maryland Medical Center, shows that papain was effective in helping the body
reduce the swelling associated with prostatitis.
Papain holds compounds that may aid in protecting the body from cellular damage
caused by free radicles. One study published in the Journal of Dairy Science fount
that papain can offer a potential alternative to chemical additives for increased
survival of probiotic bacteria in yogurt due to its oxidation properties. Similarly, it
is also a powerful agent commonly used in food preservation, as it reduces
bacterial infestations and spoilage due to oxidation.
As a dietary supplement, chew one (1) tablet, one to three times daily with any
meal for maximum daily results, or as directed by your healthcare provider. Do
not exceed recommended dosage.
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