Delicious Fruits That Help Digestion

To maintain a good digestion the human body needs enzymes, which are very efficient catalysts for biochemical reactions, playing a key role in the pre-digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Vegetable enzymes are essential for a normal digestion and, more importantly, they are essential for health itself.

The digestive issues are extremely common today in spite of the global preoccupation with right food and healthy eating. There has been a significant increase in digestive disorders in the latest decades, while lifestyle and diets have changed a lot. It is well known that a healthy functioning digestive system not only pulls nutrients from food to nourish the body but also helps protect it from disease.

Unfortunately it appears that too many people are affected by digestive issues, experiencing the unpleasant symptoms associated with it, for instance in the US there are about 60-70 million according to many sources. In general these are the direct result of a contaminated colon, the presence of intestinal parasites, lack of beneficial bacteria, insufficient fiber intake, improper functioning of digestive enzymes ... all these associated in fact with what we call an unhealthy lifestyle.

To maintain a good digestion the human body needs enzymes, which are very efficient catalysts for biochemical reactions, playing a key role in the pre-digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Vegetable enzymes are essential for a normal digestion and, more importantly, they are essential for health itself.

The Director of Food Enzyme Institute and “Father of Enzyme Nutrition”, doctor Howard F. Loomis Jr. often says that, when we treat digestive disorders, as a result, other conditions may disappear too. Moreover, no minerals, vitamins or hormones can perform their specific roles in the body without enzymes. No chemical processes of metabolism at the level of cells, tissues and organs can occur without enzymes, no cell proliferation and growth, no development of plants and animals.

There are very small quantities of exogenous enzymes in the body and that is the reason why it is so important for everyone to eat foods capable of supporting the digestion process by naturally supplementing enzymes to the body. And some of these are really, truly delicious …

Papaya – Carica Papaya

Papaya is native to Southern Mexico and Central America and is cultivated today throughout the tropical world in about 54 countries, yet the main producers are Brasil, Nigeria and India . It is also called papaw, pawpaw, mamao, lochoza or tree melon, depending on the region, and it is believed that Cristofor Columbus itself called it “the fruit of the angels”.

Papaya is the fruit of the hermaphrodite tree Carica Papaya, which means that it have both, male and female characteristics, therefore it is able to self-pollinate.

It contains 212 amino acids and many enzymes, including papain that is quite similar to pepsin, the human digestive enzyme sometimes called “vegetable pepsin”. Papain has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the digestive system and helps the body digest proteins faster thus discouraging acid reflux, helping in treating ulcers and even in relieving irritable bowel syndrome. This very special enzyme has the power to regulate the secretory activity of the stomach, gall bladder, liver and pancreas.

There are two main varieties of papaya, both common all over the world, though red papaya is more commonly sold on Western markets and is quite sweet in flavour, while yellow papaya is slightly bitter and found in certain Asian countries. As Papaya is a complex and extremely reach food a dedicated article will be published soon on

Pineapple - Ananas comosus

This delicious and perfumed tropical fruit is native to South America, most likely to Paraguay. It is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Bromeliaceae family, being the only edible plant in this family.

The name pineapple comes from its form which resembles a pine cone. Spanish pineapple is called ananá or piña (as in the piña colada drink … ) while a large, sweet pineapple grown mainly in Brazil is called abacaxi. It was probably the Guarani Indians who called the fruit nana with the meaning of excellent fruit.

It is believed that Christopher Columbus discovered the fruit in Guadelupe in 1493 and called id Pina des Indes while Magellan is also credited with finding it in Brazil 20 years later were it was exported from and spread to Europe, India, Asia, and the West Indies.

Pineapple fruit contains bromelin, cinnamic acid, pectins, polysaccharides, vitamin C while in terms of minerals and vitamins they are in very small quantities and it doesn’t contain fat at all.

From a medical point of view it appears that the enzyme named bromelin is the most valuable component of pineapple. Thanks to this enzyme the fruit is very useful in ensuring good functioning of the gastrointestinal tract as there are studies that prove pineapple juice can even replace gastric acid. If it is well prepared and stored, pineapple juice revitalizes digestion and improves appetite and is a very effective gastric dressing if ingested at least 30 minutes after meal.

Bromelain made from pineapple also possesses strong anticancer compounds. There are many studies that have been focused on proving that cancer cells exposed to bromelin ceased to grow and eventually died. The analysis of the most important studies on pineapple anticancer effects will be published soon on

Kiwifruit - Actinidia deliciosa

Kiwifruit is indigenous to the Yangtze River valley of northern China and Zhejiang Province on the coast of eastern China. Its first documented description dates back to the 12th century during Song dynasty (according to wikipedia

Back in the ancient China this fruit called ‘Yang tao’ was collected from the wild for both medicinal and feeding purposes, however, the plant was rarely cultivated or bred at that time.

Kiwifruit seeds have been exported from China at the turn of the 20th century when a New Zealand native, Isabel Fraser, took some seeds back home with her and gave them to a farmer who successfully cultivated the plant. Then it spread in New Zeeland under the name of Chinese gooseberries and later in the 60s kiwifruit reached the US and Europe market. In the same period of time New Zeeland won the race to market the plant under the name the country’s national bird.

Kiwi can be considered an awesome food indeed. It contains almost 20 vital nutrients, including a lot of vitamin C, even more than citrus fruits and is very rich in vitamin A, K, E and B, potassium, copper, folic acid and fiber. The health benefits of kiwi are numerous: it protects against cancer, coronary artery disease and the risk of stroke, also helps in irritable bowel syndrome and is a support for pregnant mothers and young children.

Few people know, though, about kiwi powers as a natural digestive thanks to its main component, an enzyme called actinidin. The extraordinary proprieties of actinidin have been scientifically confirmed namely that kiwi fruits assist in the digestion of several common food proteins including so me of the hard to digest ones such as casein/sodium caseinate and beef muscle protein.

There are statistics that show a percentage of 10-20% of the entire population of the globe that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (SCI). Researchers have found in late studies that 2 kiwi per day significantly reduce colon transit time and improve bowel function in constipation sufferers as a consequence of SCI.

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