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!
One of the biggest misconceptions about nutritious food is that for it to be healthy, it must be bland. That could not be further from the truth!
Instead of depending on salt to season food, Just Add Water™ founder, Serena Poon, recommends reaching for fresh herbs. Not only can herbs enhance the flavor and fragrance of your favorite dish, but they also contain many nutritional and medicinal benefits.
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