You’ve probably heard that enzymes were good for you and want to incorporate them into your wellness routine. After all, enzymes are in skin care products, sold as digestive supplements, and found in our favorite fruits. But what exactly are enzymes and what do they do?
In very scientific terms, enzymes are catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions. Think about them as keys that are needed to get the car moving. When we eat, our body produces different enzymes to break down food into smaller compounds that are more easily absorbed.
There are three main types of digestive enzymes: amylases break down carbohydrates into simple sugars, lipases break down fat into fatty acids, and proteases break down protein into amino acids and peptides.
A lot of these digestive enzymes are also found in fruits, like papaya, banana, and pineapple, and are actually beneficial to our health!
Pineapple, in particular, contains the protein-digesting enzyme mixture called bromelain that’s been used medically for centuries. It’s applied topically to remove dead skin cells, allowing wounds to heal better and faster, and skin to look brighter. It’s also eaten to help reduce inflammation and swelling, particularly for people with osteoarthritis. Bromelain is thought to help improve cardiovascular disease by preventing blood clots, reducing chances of stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure. Because it helps with inflammation, its effects on chronic sinusitis (chronic nasal infection) and colitis caused by inflammatory bowel disease are being studied.
At Just Add Water™, we know that food with high anti-inflammatory properties can help improve our overall health and energy, and that’s why pineapple is of our favorite fruits to snack on. But when you don’t have time to cut up fruits in the morning, we’ve added bromelain into our mix so you can enjoy its digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits on-the-go!
Hands up for another superpower Just Add Water™ ingredient! Artichokes might look a little funny to some, but this “perennial thistle” packs one heck of a punch in the nutrition category!
We all crave a little something special every once and a while and this time of year always has us reaching for a warm mug of hot cocoa!
Indulge a little today with this healthier version of the traditional from our founder Chef Serena Poon!
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