The Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes

The Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes

Author: Shopia Daisy

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Some of us might have heard about proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes are very helpful, essential and do many important processes in our body. In fact they play very important roles to keep our own bodies healthy, and are also known as Proteases, Proteinases or Peptidases.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few things that you should know about the proteolytic enzymes such as what are they, how they work, sources of them and also the benefits of such. Let’s get started.

What Are Proteolytic Enzymes?

The proteolytic enzymes are a group of specific enzyme types, that play various roles in our body to aid in the running of all the functions and acting to keep the body healthy. Some of these roles include immune function, protein digestion and other vital processes of the human body. They are produced in the human body by the stomach and the pancreas, and are the main enzymes that run the protein digestion to produce energy to run the body.

Other benefits too such as blood clotting, immune function, cell division, protein recycling and many others, are derived from these. Not only for humans or animals, proteolytic enzymes are also essential for plants too for their growth and defense mechanisms. This gives advantage of them being widely and easily available. There may be a deficit at times in the amount of proteolytic enzymes and here is where a bit of supplementation can assist. Supplementation with both plant and animal derived enzymes is available.

How Proteolytic Enzymes Work?

There are many proteolytic enzymes such as Bromelain, Trypsin, Pepsin, Papain, Chymotrypsin, Serratiopeptidase etc. They help the stomach or digestive system to break out the proteins from food being digested in order to produce energy for the body. In cell division these enzymes aid in the controlled process of cells as they grow and multiply. They also fight cancer cells and those cells which may have gotten a bit out of control, by breaking them down and making them inactive. Therefore it is as if they act as checks and balances in the cell growth.

There is some support to show that they help in the reduction of muscle soreness..

How to Use Proteolytic Enzymes?

You can use these enzymes in a few ways to your advantage depending on your goals. Just by the addition of those foods that are rich in proteolytic enzymes our body can benefit naturally. A snapshot of examples include Pineapple, Papaya, Kiwifruit and Fermented foods as excellent sources of natural proteolytic enzymes.

You can also use proteolytic enzymes supplements for those persons who may have difficulty accessing some of the fruits mentioned. There are a few reputed brands providing the supplement to us, and of course each manufacturer’s formula would contain a different combination of the enzymes. It may be better to consult with your medical doctor before the start of supplementation as the quantity of supplementation may be important. Quality is also of importance.

Sources of Proteolytic Enzymes:

Your digestive system produces 3 main proteolytic enzymes naturally. They are:


Other enzymes are found mainly in foods.

Food Sources:

You will find many foods that are rich in proteolytic enzymes. The enzymes are mainly divided into 2 division; animal-derived enzymes and plant-derived enzymes.

Animal-Derived Enzyme Sources:

  1. Meat
  2. Eggs
  3. Milk

Plant-Derived Enzyme Sources:

  1. Papaya
  2. Pineapple
  3. Kiwifruit
  4. Yogurt
  5. Kimchi
  6. Ginger
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kefir
  9. Sauerkraut


Enzyme Supplements:

You can find proteolytic enzymes supplement easily and they are available in Gel caps, Capsules, Powders, Tablets and Chewable forms. The manufacturers usually add 2 or more enzymes in a pack and provide them to you. Check out the pack label before buying, the brand write down the provided enzymes names in the label, and remember to consult with your medical practitioner.

Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes:

If we want to talk about the proteolytic enzymes benefits, then we can say it in a word, amazing!

The enzymes have many benefits for our body such as-

  1. They improve the digestive system.
  2. They help to decrease inflammation.
  3. They help to reduce muscle soreness.
  4. They promote self-healing function of the body.
  5. They help to speed up the body recovery.
  6. They fight cancer cells & prevent it.
  7. They help irritable bowel syndrome related disease.

Dangers & Potential Side Effects of Proteolytic Enzymes:

The proteolytic enzymes are generally safe and considered as helpful. They don’t have many side effects if any, but if you take an overdose of them, you may then face diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, digestive upset etc. Simply avoid taking an overdose by following the listed instructions on the supplement packaging.

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Author Bio: Shopia Daisy is the writer at Cooking Detective. where she writes about healthy recipes, nutrition tips, entertaining menus, and product reviews. She is a busy mom with 2 little girls. You can follow her at twitter @CookingDetectiv where share delicious recipes!