When it comes to basically every single process going on within your body, enyzmes make it all happen. This is because enzymes by definition are catalysts - they bring about, or activate, specific biochemical processes within the body. While there are many different kinds of enzymes, when it comes to digesting our food, there are very specific digestive enzymes which are needed. These enzymes, such as amylase, protease, and lipase, break down large food particles into smaller molecules for our bodies to then absorb. The human body naturally produces digestive enzymes via the pancreas and small intestine, however taking supplemental enzymes, and making sure to consume enzyme-rich foods, aids the body's ability to break down the foods we consume thoroughly, and lessens the burden on our digestive organs. Enzyme therapy has been shown to help in the treatment and symptoms of GI-related conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, IBS, food allergies, and low stomach acidity. It is said that overall health begins with healthy digestion, and healthy digestion begins with enzymes.
Because of the heat-sensitive nature of digestive enzymes, raw, plant based foods are going to give you maximum enzymatic benefit. Certain fruits and vegetables also contain more enzymes than others, and some also contain higher levels of specific enzymes that work on certain things. Papaya, for instance, contains papaine, an enzyme that breaks down proteins in simpler amino acids. Pineapple contains bromalaine, which also aids in protein digestion.
Juicing is by far our favorite way to get a concentrated, therapuetic dose of both digestive enzymes as well as important trace minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, cleansing chlorophyll, and hydration. Today we're sharing with you a juice recipe that pairs juicy bromalaine-rich pineapple with fresh greens, ginger, and lime for a blast of nutrient-rich goodness with a refreshing tropical twist.
For even greater digestive support, or if you're dealing with chronic digestive issues, we highly recommend supplementing your fresh foods and juices with an enzyme support product such as our Easy Enzymes by Veggimins. It is a blend of 7 potent plant based enzymes, it's completely broad spectrum, and contains ZERO fillers or additives. The delivery medium for the enzyme blend is organic Jerusalem artichoke powder. The taste is actually very pleasant, subtle, and mildly sweet. Try taking a dose right before or during your meals and notice how your digestion improves.
Pineapple Greens Enzyme Blast Juice
2 cups chopped pineapple
1 cucumber, peeled
2 stalks celery
2 stalks green kale
1/2 lime, peel removed
1 green apple
Small handful of cilantro
1. Run ingredients through your juicer and enjoy! If you don't have a juicer, but own a blender, you can also blend these ingredients in your blender with a little bit of water and then strain through a nut milk bag. It will be a bit more diluted but still delicious and of course packed with nutrients and enzymes.