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is pepsin enzyme produced by stomach same as pepsin found in papaya?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Good question: The enzymes are not exact, but they act similarly. Papya has been a traditional aid to digestion. However, how equivalent the papaya pepsin is to your natural enzyme I do not know.

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