Oct 16, 2019
Papain is a powerful digestive enzyme commonly found and extracted not only from the papaya fruit (Carica papaya) latex but also from papaya leaves and stems. 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 for digestive support when eating meat and even to tenderize meat before cooking.
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 Papain Work?
The papaya enzyme papain breaks down larger proteins into smaller proteins, known as polypeptides, and into individual amino acid subunits. Like all proteases, papain works by cleaving chemical bonds either on the inside of the protein (which exist in a complex 3-dimensional structure) or at the end of the chain. Endopeptidases break proteins down from the inside, and exopeptidases work from the ends.
Papain enhances the digestive process and increases nutrient absorption of protein-based foods. Because of its ability to hydrolyze (break down) proteins, papain can play a role in many physiological processes and potentially influence disease processes for good.
The Health Benefits of Papain
1. Stimulates Digestion
2. Aids Skin and Wound Healing
3. Digests Mucus
4. Supports Immune System Function
5. Resists Redness and Irritation
6. Acts as an Antioxidant
7. Prevents Food Spoilage
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