Pineapples, mangoes, papaya, kiwi, and kefir are popular foods that contain proteolytic enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes are produced by the stomach and pancreas and aid in completing many important bodily functions. They are often mentioned in mainstream medical journals as peptidases, proteases, or proteinases.

Proteolytic enzymes benefit our health in several ways, such as:

  1. Controlling inflammation and optimizing blood flow.
  2. Preventing hardening of the arteries and diabetic heart disease.
  3. Reducing the severity of inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.
  4. Cleaning up our immune system.
  5. Helping to prevent colon cancer.
  6. Providing anti-inflammatory properties, especially in the colon.

Protelytic enzymes include:

Papain (digestive enzyme found in papaya)
Ficain (enzyme found in figs that interacts with protein bonds)
Bromelain (anti-inflammatory enzyme found in pineapples)
Pepsin (digestive enzyme found in the stomach)
Rennin (milk-curdling enzyme synthesized in the kidneys)
Cathepsin (enzyme found in most cells that helps digest or destroy dead cells)
Trypsin (enzyme that hydrolyzes proteins in the digestive system)

Indicators of a proteolytic enzyme deficiency

• Excess gas
• Indigestion
• Heartburn
• Diarrhea and constipation
• Premature skin wrinkles
• Joint stiffness
• Gray hair
• Decrease in stamina or lack of energy

Best food sources of proteolytic enzymes

• Pineapples
• Ginger
• Papaya
• Kiwi
• Sauerkraut
• Yogurt
• Kefir
• Miso soup

References

Proteolytic Enzymes Reduce Inflammation and Boost Immunity
By Jillian Levy, CHHC | Posted on Dr Axe’s website
Oct 19, 2018

Proteolytic Enzymes: How They Work, Benefits and Sources
healthline

The Free Dictionary by Farlex

Protease Enzymes

The Immune-Enhancing Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes
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