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Foods that contain natural digestive enzymes

Updated: Mar 5

Foods that contain  natural digestive enzymes

Foods that contain natural digestive enzymes

Digestive enzymes speed up chemical reactions that turn nutrients into substances your digestive tract can absorb. Without sufficient digestive enzymes, stomach aches, diarrhea, gas, or other painful symptoms can result.

Digestive disorders:

Lactose intolerance is when your small intestine doesn’t make enough of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the natural sugar in milk called lactose. With a shortage of lactase, lactose in dairy products you eat travels straight to your colon instead of getting absorbed into your body. It then combines with bacteria and causes uncomfortable stomach symptoms.

Chewing food thoroughly before swallowing is often recommended, as the enzymes in saliva help break down food for easier digestion and absorption. Some of your organs, including your pancreas, gallbladder, and liver, also release them. Cells on the surface of your intestines store them, too.

As you get older, digestive enzymes decrease, making it necessary to supplement them or eat foods with them. Adding any of these foods to your diet may help promote digestion and better gut health:

Amylase breaks down carbs and starches

Mangoes and bananas have amylase.

Lipase helps digest fat molecules into smaller molecules, such as fatty acids and glycerol, (which are more accessible for the body to absorb).

Protease aids the digestion and absorption of proteins.

Pineapples contain digestive enzymes called bromelain (proteases), which break down protein into its building blocks, including amino acids.

Papayas contain papain (proteases) that help digest proteins. Papain is also available as a meat tenderizer and digestive supplement. It is best ripe and uncooked, as heat exposure can destroy these digestive enzymes. Also, unripe or semi-ripe papayas can be dangerous for pregnant women, as they may stimulate contractions.

Apricots contain invertase, a digestive enzyme that helps break down the stone fruit’s sugar and deliver quick energy to your body’s cells. Moreover, research suggests the fruit may ease gastrointestinal issues like constipation, acid reflux, and indigestion.

The following are enzymes found in Raw honey:

Diastases: Break down starch into maltose

Amylases: Break down starch into sugars

Invertases: Break down sucrose, into glucose and fructose

Proteases: Break down proteins into amino acids

Processed honey is often heated, and high heat can destroy digestive enzymes.

Avocadoes contain Amylases and glucosidases, enzymes that break down complex carbs into more easily absorbed sugars. Lipase, which helps the body metabolize fat, is also in avocadoes.

Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that contains many digestive enzymes, including lipases, proteases and lactases. These enzymes break down fat, protein and lactose molecules.

Raw sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage, picks up digestive enzymes during fermentation. Proteases, lipases and amylases. High temperatures may deactivate its digestive enzymes.

Kimchi ferments soybeans with salt and koji, a type of fungus. Kimchi is another dish made from fermented vegetables. It’s fermented with bacteria of the Bacillus species, which produce proteases, lipases and amylases. These enzymes digest proteins, fats and carbs.

Miso ferments soybeans with the fungi koji, which adds digestive enzymes, such as lactases, lipases, proteases and amylases.

Kiwi has a protease called actinidain. This enzyme helps digest proteins and is commercially used to tenderize tough meats.

Ginger contains the digestive enzyme zingibain, which is a protease.

Here are some digestive enzymes that you can purchase for regular use.



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