Papain

What is Papain?
Papain is an enzyme that is produced by the tropical fruit papaya. It is used as a supplement for helping to break down the proteins in foods, particularly for the sake of replacing deficient enzyme production as a result of cystic fibrosis and pancreatic conditions such as pancreatitis. Papain is collected from the latex of the papaya as a crude material and is then dried and purified; the final product may come in the form of powder or liquid. Because of its effect on protein, papain is commercially sold in powder form as a meat tenderizer.

What are the health benefits of Papain?
Along with pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis, papain may be used to treat other digestive disorders such as indigestion, bloating, and diarrhea. Other conditions for which papain have been used to treat include certain forms of cancer, overall inflammation, immune system deficiency, diabetes, viral-based sensations of pain, and inflammation of the respiratory tract. When applied topically, papain is used to treat burns, psoriasis, warts, the Herpes simplex virus, and ringworm.

Where can I find Papain?
Papain can be found online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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