Do you have Papaya Enzymes on hand?

PapayaI recently read about Papaya Enzymes and how helpful they are to Gastric Bypass patients when you have trouble with food getting stuck and other digestive issues. Do you have some on hand?

I have yet to experience any food getting stuck issues myself, BUT that does not mean I will not in the future. I have heard that the feeling of food getting stuck is horrible – you just feel as though it is sitting there and it can be a very intense pain. A lot of times this will happen with meats, but it can happen with any food.

You may have been told or have read that if you find this happens to you on a protein based food to take some Meat Tenderizer and dissolve in some water and drink. The Meat Tenderizer will help to break it down quickly. But how gross does drinking Meat Tenderizer sound to you? To me it sounds quite disgusting in a BIG way. The great thing is that Papaya Enzymes work the same way and from what I heard they taste a heck of a lot better. Some say they taste just like baby aspirins.

So what exactly are these Papaya Enzymes (also know as papain)?

It is a potent mix of proteolytic enzymes derived from the papaya fruit which helps aid in digestion and also speeds up the breakdown of certain proteins.

Papaya Enzymes have a lot of other great benefits, but for us Gastric Bypass patients it is something we should always have on hand. For us it is no different than having band aids on hand for those times when we have a boo boo. This is one more item to add to your Gastric Bypass first aid kit as well as keeping some in your purse or car just in case you even need to use it.

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I have read on many Gastric Bypass Forum sites that many find such relief from it when they have food stuck, bad fullness, have bloating etc… And you just never know when or where you will be when ones of these may occur. It is always good to be prepared, armed and ready – don’t ya think?

NOTE: Always be sure to check with your surgeon before taking anything new if you feel uncertain about it. Remember I am not a doctor and do not get paid the big bucks, I am just sharing what I have read and things I have learned along the way, just sayin’

Personally for me, these are on my shopping list for my next trip to the store. I will keep them at home, as well as carry some in my purse – just in case. Again even though I have not had any issues with eating – one never knows and it can happen at any time. I would rather be prepared with something that may help than be in pain, especially while I am out somewhere.

You can find Papaya Enzymes in your local stores or you can also find it being sold online. Oh and they are very inexpensive too – BONUS !!

Feel free to comment below if you have your own experiences using these, I would love to hear from you. 

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4 Replies to “Do you have Papaya Enzymes on hand?”

  1. I am 4 months post-op from having my gastric bypass. 24 hours ago I just experienced food getting stuck after eating a soup with clam meat and corn. I must have eaten it too fast. I have never committed as of yet and experienced minor pain with this. I looked on a forum and found these supplements. I immediately drove to Walmart and purchased Papaya Enzymes in chewable tablets. I took four tablets per the directions and already feel relief! Thank goodness for the WLS forums because this saved me a trip to the hospital. As always check with your surgeon before taking new supplements. In my case, these supplements helped me immediately! Now, I will continue to work on chewing slowly! I was 330 pre-surgery weight and now 240 and it’s only been 4 months.

    1. For my post above, please excuse the auto correct. I meant I have yet to vomit not committed.

  2. I have used papaya enzymes a number of times. Thank goodness I had them on hand. I now keep some at home, in the car, and at work.

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