12 Foods That Contain Natural Digestive Enzymes

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Papaya is one of the best-studied enzyme-rich foods. Protein digestion is assisted by papain, chymopapain, glycyl endopeptidase, and glutamine acyltransferase.

Papaya

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Bromelain—a family of enzymes that includes peroxidase, acid phosphatase, cysteine proteinases, and proteolytic enzymes—is abundant in pineapple.

Pineapple

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Amylase enzymes in mangoes break down complex carbs into glucose and maltose, improving starch and protein digestion.

Mango

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A cysteine protease enzyme called actinidin helps breakdown proteins and boost small intestine protein absorption in kiwis. Kiwifruit helps digestion and relieves bloating and constipation.

Kiwifruit

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Amylase and glucosidase in bananas break down complicated starch into easily absorbed sugars. Fiber-rich bananas aid digestion and gut health.

Banana

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Lipase in avocados helps digest high-fat diets. In those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, lipase reduces bloating, gas, and boosts immunity.

Avocado

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