Papain is a proteolytic (protein-cleaving) enzyme derived from papaya. As an enzyme, it helps to catalyze (speed up) chemical reactions within the cell.

Papain aids in protein digestion and has a mild, soothing effect on the stomach. It is most often used as a meat tenderizer.

Papain - Found in:

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