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Do papaya enzyme digestion supplements work?
Well, for a healthy working digestive system you need enzymes. Not only are they essential for good digestion and absorption, they are also involved in every chemical process taking place in your body.
We produce our own enzymes, but we need help and the best sources are raw natural foods such as the delicious papaya.
Papaya - The Enzyme Rich Fruit
If you’re not familiar with the papaya, it is a conical shaped tropical fruit with an outer skin that is green when unripe and turning orange as it ripens.
Inside the ripe papaya is the delicious tasting flesh that has a luscious and creamy texture.
In the middle are encased the fruits black seeds which create a striking contrast against the deep orange flesh. As well as the fruit the papaya seeds can be also eaten.
But most importantly, the papaya contains an enzyme called papain. This type of enzyme is a called a proteolytic enzyme, which means they digest proteins. Interestingly, the concentration of papain is higher when the fruit is unripe.
At this stage the papayas flesh is white and hard and in South Asian countries the white flesh is scraped into long strings to make a refreshing salad.
The papaya fruit also contains the proteolytic enzymes endopeptidase, chymopapain and caricain. Because it is an abundant source of enzymes, papaya extract is often used as an ingredient in digestive enzyme supplements.
Not only is the papaya rich in enzymes, it is highly nutritious as it provides a rich source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber that improve our digestive health.