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Information on Papain

Papain is a proteolytic types of the enzyme and it gets extracted from the milky portions of unripe papaya. Papaya is mostly widely used in Asia as a vegetable and is a remarkable source of the enzyme known as papain. The enzyme can also be found in the papaya leaf. Papaya is usually consumed in its, green unripe form.

In Asia, it is mostly used in combination with rice for different types of salad. Papaya is richer in papain in its unripe form. Papain is of great help for those who experience problems when it comes to digestion of various types of proteins. It is also very efficient in relieving pain and speeding up the healing process of different types of bruises and injuries.

Papain is also very beneficial in aiding digestion, relieving heartburn, stimulating the appetite and preventing stomach ulcers. It has been used very successfully for various medical purposes for more than two centuries. It can also trigger certain side effects in some cases.

Side Effects of Papain

When a person adheres to normal dosage of papain, usually no side effects occur. The daily dosage of up to 1500 mg of papain is optimal for the human body and should not cause any adverse symptoms. It comes in very handy in relieving pain and inflammatory conditions that may be affiliated with physical trauma or post surgery. Papain medications need to be stored properly because exposure to excessive heat and dampness may cause them to become degenerative.

Papain may be responsible for the soreness in the throat and certain other allergic reactions in some cases. It usually happens only to individuals who do not tolerate papain. Allergic reactions may include hives, inflammatory conditions, rashes, chest pain and breathing obstructions. If any of the aforementioned symptoms occur, one should stop taking papain. Those who have certain blood clotting issues should be careful when taking papain because it may cause problems.

It also interacts with some anticoagulant substances which may be a trouble for those who are thick-blooded. Generally, all who suffer from blood disorders should stay away from papain.

Papain ointments can be used for numerous skin problems, blisters and burns but papain in its raw form should not be in direct contact with the patient’s skin. Those who suffer from malabsorption syndrome should steer clear of papain, as well. The same can be said for all pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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