Pectinase is a collective term for enzymes that break down pectin and are as pectic enzymes. Polygalacturonase is one of the most well-known pectinase, and other common examples of this enzyme class include pectolyase and pectozyme. Pectin is a polysaccharide with a jelly-like consistency that is used to bind plant cells together.
1. Promotes Growth and Health of Intestinal Microbiota
Animal research using apple pectin, a widely used type in food processing, demonstrated impressive affects on beneficial gut bacteria including an increase in production of specific short chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for these bacteria. This is particularly promising since the human gut contains the same type of beneficial bacteria as noted in the research.
2. Provides Fuel for Colon Lining
In addition to helping provide a hospitable environment for beneficial bacteria, fatty acids like butyrate help to provide a large percentage of the fuel necessary for the colon. This can positively influence mucosal blood flow, intestinal motility, and the permeability of the gut. Maintaining these aspects of intestinal health are paramount to guarding proper absorption and helping to reduce the threat of absorption of potential allergens through the gut.
3. Increases Digestibility and Absorption of Plant-Foods
Animals studies show that adding pectinase to livestock feed can aid the digestive process in animals, allowing them better access to nutrients and minerals.
- There is not enough information available to know if pectinase are safe to take for medical conditions.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information available about the safety of pectinase during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using pectinase during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
We currently have no information for pectinase Interactions.
Source: Global Healing Center, http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/pectinase/