Plant-sourced digestive enzymes support the breakdown, absorption, and utilization of macronutrients found in your food. When taken with meals as a supplement, they work with the bodies existing supply of enzymes to achieve maximum digestion and nutrient absorption. They are also beneficial in the repairing of the gut lining.
What happens if your body does not produce enough digestive enzymes? Your body won’t be able to absorb and breakdown your food properly, which means you won’t be receiving all the nutrients you should be.
Naturally, raw foods contain the enzymes needed for the body digest itself. The type of enzyme present in the breakdown of the food is dependent on the macronutrient (protein, carbohydrates, fat or fiber) being consumed. For example, olives and bananas are higher in fat and lipase, while peaches are higher in carbohydrate and amylase.
There are four major types of enzymes, each of which has specific functions:
- Proteases – break down proteins into smaller amino acids
- Amylases – reduce polysaccharides to disaccharides: lactose, maltose, and sucrose; breaks starches down into sugar molecules
- Lipases – break triglycerides into individual fatty acids and glycerol
- Cellulases – digest specific carbohydrate bonds found in fiber
Each process turns our food into smaller, digestible nutrients that our bodies can efficiently use. In addition to breaking food down and making it easy for our body to use, digestive enzymes can also help your body weed itself of pathogens that may contribute to GI issues like leaky gut – this is because protease can break down bacteria and parasites, which are made of protein, and can then be removed from the body.
Why We Chose Papaya Enzymes for July’s Plant Strong Box
A plant based lifestyle requires eating more vegetables than what you may be used to. While this is a very exciting time for your body, one of the common complaints of new vegans and vegetarians can be the bloating that occurs from an increase in fiber consumption. Taking digestive enzymes with a plant-based meal will help to minimize symptoms like these.
Enter American Health’s Papaya Enzyme Blend: It combines freshly ripened Papaya fruit with papain, amylase and protease enzymes, to aid in the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates, while encouraging proper nutrient absorption.
We also love that this formula is vegan-friendly and offers the ideal choice to help with inefficient digestion. Taken regularly, it can promote overall gastrointestinal wellness (which is something we can ALL benefit from!).
To learn more about July’s Plant Strong Box, visit our blog here.