Protease enzymes are actually digestive enzymes found in stomach enzymes, pancreatic enzymes, and intestinal juices. These break down the proteins that form the walls of pathogens, toxins, bacteria, viruses and parasites that can affect the proper functioning of the permeability of the intestinal barrier. If permeability is compromised, the release of these toxins and pathogens could result in an autoimmune response also commonly known as inflammation, allergies, food allergies, and food intolerances.
These enzymes are endopeptidases such as pepsin, catespin and papain or exopeptidases such as dipeptidases, aminopeptidases and carboxypeptidases. All of these are digestive enzymes that break down ingested food particles.
Benefits include improved blood circulation, edema, reduction of inflammation such as seen in arthritis and gout, relief of pain due to varicose veins, especially in the lower extremities, as well as pain experienced after exercise.
But best of all, they are beneficial for children and adults who have mild forms of allergies such as sinusitis and allergic rhinitis, as well as more severe forms such as food allergies that can cause hives and inflammation, even anaphylaxis.
The protease enzyme Bromelain dissolves or ingests the antigens that cause the autoimmune response and rid the body of their presence either in the stomach, intestines or in the blood. Because it can also be found in the intestine, this enzyme also corrects the immediate reaction of diarrhea or watery stools, further alleviating symptoms that may cause discomfort to the child or adult.
These enzymes are found especially in breast milk, especially colostrum and are essential for the health of infants who up to two years will have an immature intestine and need all the enzymes they can receive from breast milk.
Without these enzymes, the baby could quickly develop intolerances and allergies. Sometimes they can even develop intolerances to breast milk and should be given hypoallergenic milk or a milk substitute that can provide essential nutrients that would not otherwise be absorbed by the intestinal mucosa.
For adults, bromelain is also very important to prevent or heal gastric ulcers, as it works by inhibiting and ingesting bad bacteria so that they do not remain or adhere to the stomach and intestinal wall, which can cause ulcerations or wounds.
Another enzyme, papain, works well to inhibit and prevent inflammation and pain from things like insect bites, stings, and even mild forms of arthritis. Papain is found in large quantities in fresh fruit, papaya. These fruit enzymes can also prevent leaky gut development and the syndrome it is associated with, in addition to the fiber that comes with eating the fruit, which can naturally cleanse the intestines.
Protease enzymes are essential for digestion and can help prevent food allergies. It is very important to ensure that there are enough of these enzymes in the body to help protect it from any form of deep destruction. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will help increase your population in the system, which may have more benefits than one can imagine.
Written by Paul S Fitzgerald