Papain - Papaya Enzyme



Papain is a digestive enzyme (cysteine protease) derived from papaya (Carica papaya) which helps the body digest protein. It is found in largest concentrations in green papaya (papaya that is not quite ripe) and is made as a supplement from its sap which is purified into concentrated powder or liquid.

Papain can play a significant role in the breakdown of toxins and is a powerful antiseptic, digestive aid, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Proteolytic enzyme in papain hydrolyses (break down) proteins into peptides or smallest amino-acid which are required by the body for numerous physiological functions.

As people age, they produce less of the enzymes needed to effectively digest proteins from food and free needed amino acids. They are left with excessive amounts of undigested protein which can lead to overgrowth of unwanted bacteria in the intestinal tract, and a lack of available amino acids.

Boost Digestion
Papain is commonly used as a digestive aid to promote complete digestion of proteins and plays a key role in providing enzymatic support to the stomach, the pancreas and to the intestines. Digestive enzymes that your body produces require a certain level of acidity or alkalinity to take effect and papain works in a broad range of pH levels.

Antioxidant
Antioxidants found in papaya fruit include lycopene, selenium, beta carotene and vitamin C.

Dengue Fever
Papaya leaf and Papaya fruit juices are high in complex vitamins and help increase the production of blood platelets in patients affected by dengue.

Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria
A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that papain can offer a potential alternative to chemical additives for increased survival of probiotic bacteria in yogurt. It is recommended to include papaya juice after a course of antibiotic therapy to rapidly restore the intestinal bacteria count to normal.

Anti-Inflammatory
Studies confirm that the papain enzyme has powerful resistance to inflammation and may help reduce joint and prostate inflammation.
The University of Michigan Health System notes papain's popularity as a treatment for sprains, strains and lower back pain.
One study from the University of Maryland Medical Center, shows that papain was effective in helping the body reduce the swelling associated with prostatitis.

Immune Booster
Proteolytic enzymes are able to digest and destroy the defense shields of viruses, tumors, allergens, yeasts, and various forms of fungus. Once the shield is destroyed, tumors and invading organisms are extremely vulnerable and easily taken care of by the immune system.
The compound hinders tumor growth and prevents it from spreading to other parts of the body. Studies show that the natural enzymes significantly reduced the side effects of chemotherapy and the toxicity of the tumors and increase response rates, the duration of remission, and overall length of survival.

Healthy Skin
The enzyme is excellent for skin conditions such as acne, as well as being excellent for exfoliation, leaving the skin youthful looking and rejuvenated. It also does a good job of digesting unwanted scar tissue both on the skin and under its surface.

Topical Use for Stings
Papain can actually digest venom and toxins from jellyfish stings and insect bites, and it also enables the body to shed and heal dead and damaged tissue. Topical papain preparations enjoyed tremendous success as a treatment for burns, wounds, stings, bites, and minor skin infections, and appeared to both heal the speeding process and decrease pain at the site of the wound.

Precautions
Do not use papain if:
You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
You are allergic to pineapples, fig or kiwi fruit.
You have a bleeding disorder.

Always consult your health care provider before starting a supplement therapy