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Is it safe to take papaya enzyme supplements during pregnancy? (for heartburn)

Is it safe to take papaya enzyme supplements during pregnancy? (for heartburn)

Controversial: Since it hasn't been tested in a controlled study, medical community recommends against it. Green papaya reportedly can cause pre-term labor. As an enzyme (i.e. Protein) it may not survive stomach acid. However, there are many anecdotal reports of its benefit for heartburn. Others claim milk worked best for them. Advise low-fat/skim milk since fat stimulates acid secretion. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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Papaya enzyme after drinking wine, what is this for?

Papaya enzyme after drinking wine, what is this for?

No idea: there is nothing that I can find in the literature that suggests any benefit, or any harm from using papaya enzyme after drinking wine. There is, in fact, a papaya-based wine available in some places. Perhaps someone thinks that the enzymes will better digest the alcohol in the wine, or settle the stomach, but I can find no information on this from usual medical sources. ...Read more

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Can I take papaya enzyme tablets to ease digestion while pregnant?

Most Definitely: In fact, before we could synthetically produce such enzymes, papaya was a source of digestive enzymes. You may have noticed that when consumed after a heavy meal it seems to facilitate digestion. ...Read more

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Is papaya enzyme safe to administer to pregnant women?

Is papaya enzyme safe to administer to pregnant women?

Yes but why: There is no danger associated with eating fruit or taking a fruit supplement. Why take it though? There is no scientific evidence that this would be helpful or productive. Generally avoid supplements other than a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Im breastfeeding my daughter is it okay to take papaya enzyme for divestive?

Im breastfeeding my daughter is it okay to take papaya enzyme for divestive?

Breast feeding : With breast feeding you should avoid anything that can harm your baby particularly if you don't know the exact active & inactive ingredient in the preparation . It is best if you show it to your pediatrician to find out for you if it will appear in your breast milk & if it is safe or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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My sister is breastfeeding and was wondering if she could take papaya enzyme for digestive?

My sister is breastfeeding and was wondering if she could take papaya enzyme for digestive?

Kinda sort: 1st check out https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6716076-im-breastfeeding-my-daughter-is-it-okay-to-take-papaya-enzyme-for-divestive. In general, if she can eat papaya, then papaya enzyme should be safe, in theory. But since there are no (strict) manufacturing guidelines in making dietary supplements, there may be contaminants that are not good for breastfeeding. Better to eat real food. ...Read more

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Apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes causing heartburn and gas/bloating, what to do?

Needed?: Ask yourself if you really need these-your body makes plenty of acid already, as well as digestive enzymes, so unless you have a proven deficiency, stop taking them and see if your symptoms disappear! if not, see your GI doc to investigate for other causes of dyspepsia. ...Read more

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more


Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more