I’ve been sick for the last few days and all I’ve wanted is hot tea or cold smoothies. You could probably tell by now but I clearly like to add turmeric to anything and everything (health benefits in “flat belly tea” post). Another great addition to this recipe is the papaya. I try to eat things that will help with my IBS and here are the reasons why papaya needs to be a staple in your diet.
Papaya fruit is a rich source of valuable proteolytic enzymes, such as papain, chymopapain, caricain and glycyl endopeptidase, that can greatly aid in the digestive process. Many of us eat meat which puts great strain on our digestive system and enzyme producing pancreas.
Papian, a papaya-rich enzyme, is one of the most effective at breaking down meat and other proteins, comparable to the enzyme pepsin that we produce in our pancreas. Papain works by cleaving the peptide bonds of complex proteins, breaking them down to their individual amino acids, ready for use in the growth and repair of your body.
Introducing papaya into a meal containing meat can significantly speed up its digestion. It may also help with the breakdown of other ‘troublesome’ proteins, such as the gluten in wheat and the casein in milk, that are often implicated in digestive problems.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 cup papaya
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- optional toppings: kiwi and blue MAJIK coated coconut flakes
- Blend until smooth.