WHAT ARE PROTEASE ENZYMES?
Protease enzymes are essential to the facilitation of metabolic reactions in the body. Protease enzymes can speed up the process through which dietary proteins are broken down into amino acids. These amino acids can then be properly absorbed, digested, and utilized in critical processes, including in the building of proteins and the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. In the human body, intracellular proteases are also helpful in removing damaged or abnormal proteins from inside cells.
Protease enzymes are commonly found in fruit such as papaya, pineapple, kiwi, and figs. Papain enzymes, powerful protease enzymes found in the papaya plant, have been used for thousands of years as a meat tenderizer due to its ability to break down protein. Bromelain enzymes, located in abundance in the fruit, skin, and juice of pineapples, may support a healthy inflammatory response.
Actinidin and ficin, enzymes found respectively in kiwi and fig plants, can also aid in supporting the digestive process. These enzymes can be extracted from these natural-source plants and then concentrated in the form of a supplement for optimal support of the gastrointestinal tract.