Enzymes – you’ve surely heard about them and their importance in the digestive process, but let’s break it down a bit more (yes, that was a pun). These digestive enzymes – of which there are three main types (proteases, lipases, and amylases), according to Healthline – help break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates so your body can use them for energy, for example.
When your body cannot produce enough digestive enzymes, you run into problems such as lactose intolerance, explains the source. Luckily, some foods come packed especially high in natural digestive enzymes to help make up the shortfall, it adds. Here are some of them…
According to LiveStrong, this tropical fruit (that is debated whether it belongs on pizza) is high in bromelain, which is an enzyme that breaks down proteins. Bromelain is known for helping to reduce inflammation, especially when it comes to the sinuses, according to the source. It’s also effective for digestive issues, particularly diarrhea, due to its antibacterial properties, it adds.
The source also notes that bromelain “has been long used in herbal medicine,” and that it may help to improve immunity while helping wounds heal faster. It also notes that it works well alongside antibiotics to improve their effects. (Check out this article for more Incredible Health Benefits of Pineapple).