Protease enzymes are actually the digestive enzymes which can be found in the stomach enzymes, pancreatic enzymes and intestinal juices. These break down proteins that make up the walls of pathogens, toxins, bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can affect the proper functioning of the permeability of the intestinal barrier. If the permeability is compromised, the release of these toxins and pathogens could result to an auto-immune response also commonly known as inflammation, allergies, food allergies and food intolerances.
These enzymes are the endopeptidases like pepsin, cathespines and papain or the exopeptidases like the dipeptidases, aminopeptidases and carboxypeptidases. These are all digestive enzymes which break down the food particles ingested.
The benefits include improvement of blood circulation, edema, reduction of inflammation like those seen in arthritis and gout, alleviation of pain due to varicosities of the veins especially in the lower extremities as well as pain as that experienced after exercising.
But best of all, these are beneficial for children and adults who have mild forms of allergies like sinusitis and allergic rhinitis as well as more severe forms like food allergies which can cause wheals and inflammation, even anaphylaxis.
The protease enzyme Bromelain dissolves or ingests the antigens which cause the auto-immune response and rids the body of their presence either in the stomach, the intestines or in the blood. Because it can also be found in the gut, the immediate reaction of diarrhoea or watery stools are also corrected by this enzyme, further alleviating the symptoms which can cause discomfort to the child or adult.
These enzymes are especially found in mother’s milk, especially the colostrum and are essential in the health of infants who until two years of age will have an immature gut and needs all the enzymes they can receive from the mother’s milk.
Without these enzymes, the infant could fast develop intolerances and allergies. Sometimes they may even develop intolerances to mother’s milk itself and have to be given hypoallergenic milk or milk substitute that can provide the essential nutrients that may otherwise not be absorbed by the gut mucosa.
For adults, Bromelain is also very important in preventing or healing of gastric ulcers as it acts by inhibiting and ingesting the bad bacteria from remaining or sticking to the stomach and gut wall which can cause ulcerations or wounds.
Another enzyme, papain, acts well in inhibiting and preventing inflammation and pain from such things as bug bites, stings, and even mild forms of arthritis. Papain is found in high amounts in the fresh fruit, papaya. These fruit enzymes can actually also prevent the development of leaky gut and the syndrome it is associated with, aside from the fibre that comes with the eating of 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 make sure that enough of these enzymes are in the body to help protect it from any form of destruction from deep within. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will help increase their population in the system which can hold more benefits that one can imagine.