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Papaya with protease
Apr 11, 2002

I am taking a papaya enzyme supplement & recently noticed that it contains 20 mg of protease. Is this different than the protease that HIV uses to replicate. Should I stop taking this supplement?

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

There are many proteases in the body. It is a generic term for enzymes that break apart proteins. Your body uses them to break down (digest) food for absorption and for the normal turnover of body proteins such as muscle, among many other functions. The papaya enzyme is generally used in the gastrointestinal tract to improve digestion of foods. It is not the same as the HIV protease that is "owned by HIV" is used in the cells that HIV infects.

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