Health Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes
Proteolytic enzymes allow us to digest proteins in our diet. As I stated earlier, our bodies make digestive enzymes, but sometimes, we need a little assistance to break apart those tightly wound, complex protein structures. Proteins need to be broken down into smaller peptides and amino acids in order to be absorbed by our bodies. Proteins are important for almost all bodily functions, including energy production and consumption, growth, and healing.
The process of protein breakdown, or proteolysis, also helps our immune and circulatory systems function at optimum capacity. So, let's see specifically how proteolytic enzymes found in fruits can benefit us.
Health Benefits of Bromelain
Extensive research on bromelain show that the enzyme has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant attributes. These attributes help relieve swelling and inflammation in muscle and joint soreness, indigestion, injury, and even after surgery.
Bromelain may also:
- decrease bad cholesterol
- treat respiratory infections, colitis, burns, insect bites and stings
- balance hormones
- normalize blood circulation
- alleviate constipation and allergic reactions in the body
Health Benefits of Papain
Like bromelain, papain has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that aid in relieving gastrointestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers.
Papain may also:
- decreases swelling, pain, fevers, cold sores
- alleviates skin and allergy issues, such as shingles and celiac disease
- protects our immune system
- help fight cancer and cardiovascular concerns (more studies are needed for stronger evidence)
- prevent food spoilage
Health Benefits of Actinidin
Actinidin gives our digestive system extremely powerful support.
- greatly speed up the digestion of beef
- treat ailments like bloating, constipation, IBS
- balances the stomach’s good bacteria, particularly after disruption from antibiotic use
Health Benefits of Ficin
Ficin also acts as an antioxidant as well as an anthelmintic (to eliminate or destroy parasites), and may prevent some types of cancer. More definitive studies are needed to support the latter benefit.
In addition, ficin purified from fig tree sap is often used to manufacture the material for surgical stitches.
Health Benefits of Mango Protease Enzymes
As mentioned, mango’s cysteine proteases are similar to papain and actinidin. So, the health benefits they provide will also be similar. They are also used to relieve digestive and intestinal issues and strengthen the immune system.
Video: What Are Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes and How Can You Benefit from Them? Part 1
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