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Papaya Enzyme for Constipation

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author image Ashleigh Nolz
Ashleigh Nolz has been writing for more than seven years. She has worked at a newspaper, been a part-time radio announcer, served as editor of her university paper, published work through The Compassionate Friends local chapter newsletter and is now a freelance writer. Nolz holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Dakota Wesleyan University and recently published her first book.
Papaya Enzyme for Constipation
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To rid the body of excess wastes and toxins can be as simple as incorporating papaya into the diet. An inadequate diet can lead to numerous digestive problems, especially constipation. Fruits and vegetables add a significant amount of nutrients, fiber and water, which help push accumulated wastes through the colon. Papaya not only contains enzymes to help aid in digestion, but contains many properties to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Consult your health care provider before attempting self-treatment for health issues.

Significance

The fruit, as well as the tree the papaya is harvested from, contains the natural digestive enzyme papain. Papain helps the body digest proteins, which can be broken down into roughly 200 amino acids. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, the papaya enzyme also contains several antioxidant properties that support digestive health. Vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and folate, in addition to the water and fiber content of papaya, have been associated with a healthy colon.

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Types

Papaya is a great item to incorporate into your meals, be it raw or cooked; moreover, this enzyme is also available as a cream, liquid, tablet or even powder. The papaya enzyme contains a powerful mix of proteolytic enzymes, which are collected from the latex of the papaya fruit and tree. These enzymes are then purified to remove any contaminates, to aid in safe digestion. To receive the most beneficial results of the papaya enzyme, doctors recommend taking the tablets after a meal, or sprinkling the powder directly onto prepared food.

Function

Constipation is a buildup of fecal matter contaminating the larger intestine. A lack of fiber in an individual’s diet, stress, with accompanied minimal sleep, and/or the lack of complete digestive enzymes can lead to constipation. The papaya enzyme contains anti-inflammatory agents to help relieve discomfort, while helping fight infections from the built up intestinal debris, according to the World's Healthiest Foods website. The high antioxidant content combined with the protein-digesting enzymes, can prevent bloating and eliminate chronic indigestion.

Precautions

The papaya enzyme--papain--may cause excessive bleeding, so women who are pregnant should refrain from taking the supplement, according to PapayaEnzyme.net. Women consuming papaya have also been shown to have a difficult time conceiving. Papain taken in combination with aspirin may cause the blood to thin; careful monitoring, as well as consultation with a doctor, is vital. Also, an allergic reaction, with swelling of the neck and mouth, hives and/or itching, trouble breathing and tightness in the chest can develop from overdosing on papain.

Time Frame

Once the papaya enzyme is incorporated into the diet, a noticeable difference in the quality of digestion, including an increase in energy, is reported one to four days later. The enzyme must be taken regularly after each meal to achieve the full benefits. Papaya also contains an extensive list of health benefits, such as assisting the liver in dissolving fats, soothing the stomach, alleviating swelling and bruising of the skin and tissues, boosting the immune system and treating cold sores, according to WorldVillage.com.

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