Why do you need food enzymes in your diet?
Food enzymes assist the digestive process by helping to break down the food that you eat. A healthy body will produce these enzymes on its own, but a good diet is also important for supplying these enzymes.
When food is broken down properly by the body, it enables the nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently. A lack of food enzymes in the diet can contribute to stomach pains, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and more.
If you are having stomach issues, you should eat foods to add more enzymes to your diet. Papaya is a great example of a fruit that contains food enzymes. It contains papain which is a enzyme that is great for breaking down proteins like meat. Matter of fact, the enzymes found in papaya are used in meat tenderizers.
Another example of a food that contains enzymes is avocados. Avocados contain enzymes called lipase – which are effective at breaking down fat.
Other fruits like bananas contain amylase which help the stomach digest starches and carbs.
If your diet does not contain a wide variety of foods with digestive enzymes, you might consider a supplement. A good enzyme supplement will contain a variety of enzymes that will break down different types of food.
Nature’s Sunshine has a number of products that can support digestion by supplying food enzymes. Here are our favorites:
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Our top choice for Nature’s Sunshine food enzyme supplements contain a wide variety of enzymes to help break down all types of food – fats, carbs, proteins.
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This supplement is plant sourced – and works to break down all types of food.
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Papaya contains papain an enzyme that is effective at breaking down proteins.
These enzymes are commonly found in meat tenderizers, and are very effective for helping break down proteins when taken with a meal.Learn more