With age, our body produces less and less enzymes. That is why we have to obtain them through food. Here is a list of some to help you out!
1. The kiwi fruit to help you digest protein
Kiwis favor the decomposition of the proteins in amino acids thanks to the actidina, the enzyme of the kiwis.
Avoid heavy digestion, gastritis or gas formation by taking a kiwi as a dessert. Remember that if the enzymes are cooked, they are deactivated.
The kiwi is a recognized champion in the ranking of foods rich in vitamin C. It also provides vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin K, essential for bones and blood vessels.
2. Corn salad against anemia
Fresh vegetables stand out for their richness in enzymes. In the corn salad they are combined with vitamin B1 (thiamine) to promote the digestion of fats and carbohydrates.
They are antianemic, as well as digestive, for their richness in iron (2 mg in 100 g) and vitamin C (100 g provide half of what you need per day). They belong to the valerian family, so it is not strange that they contain substances, called valepotriatos, with a sedative effect on the central nervous system. They also provide beta-carotene, vitamin E and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
Consume them as soon as possible, because they are not kept for more than 3 days in the fridge. To make them delicious and crunchy, dip them in very cold water for half an hour before serving them.
3. Papaya, a great anti-inflammatory
Papaya is a food with digestive properties due to one of its star components: papain. This enzyme not only helps in the digestion of proteins, but acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Proof of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect of papain is that it is administered as an injection to treat the pains caused by the intervertebral discs.
4. The avocado will help you with fat
Avocados, which unlike other fruits are rich in fats and low in sugars, contain two enzymes: lipase and polyphenol oxidase.
Lipase breaks down fat into absorbable fatty acids throughout the body. This enzyme is also produced by the pancreas.
The polyphenol oxidase is responsible for the browning of the pulp when it comes into contact with the oxygen in the air.
5. Take pineapple and avoid stomach discomfort
In the pineapple is a large amount of bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, that is, capable of breaking down proteins into their amino acids.
Bromelain or bromelain, which belongs to the category of proteases, such as pepsin that produces the stomach, resists the acidity of the stomach and the alkalinity of the intestine. It is effective in treating dyspepsia, gastric ulcers and exocrine pancreatic insufficiencies. It can be taken as a supplement.
The pineapple is ideal as a dessert for a protein dinner.
6. Digestion without problems with sauerkraut
When the cabbage is fermented to make sauerkraut, the contribution of digestive enzymes is multiplied. The bacteria combine with the enzymes and produce a very beneficial effect on the digestive system: they prevent swelling, gas, constipation, diarrhea and stomach pain.
Most commercial chucruts do not contain bacteria or enzymes because they have been pasteurized. In organic stores you can find unpasteurized products and you can also make them at home.