Kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, the list goes on. These foods and beverages are famous for their health benefits because they all come through fermentation.
Fermented fruits and vegetables are the vital ingredients of foods and beverages whose benefits to human health are proven by traditions and scientists.
This article will highlight the health benefits and customs of the so-called “Fruit enzymes.”
“Fruit enzyme” is widely known in Malaysia and other parts of the world. If you happen to travel to Malaysia and meet some health-conscious people, you are bound to hear about their “Fruit enzymes.” These fermented beverages are mostly homemade, but some are also prepared on a larger scale on farms and homesteads.
Let’s get down to the juicy details.
The health benefits of taking “Fruit enzymes.”
Like other fermented foods and beverages, they contain many readily available phytonutrients, ionized minerals (which means they are highly absorbable), vitamins, probiotics, and healthy enzymes. These nutrients boost the immune system and promote gastric health. Recent studies show these are a huge ally in fighting viruses and improving lung and respiratory function.
The book “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon explains the health benefits of “fruit enzyme” beverages as a nutrient-dense whole food that improves digestion and well-being.
Some of the beneficial effects of the intake of fermented fruit enzyme beverages include:
- Alleviation of intestinal problems
- Improve digestion
- Regular bowel movement
- Strengthen the immune system
- Make the respiratory system more resistant to infections
- Improve blood circulation
- Improve skin complexion to prevent breakouts
- Promote stamina and overall well-being
How it’s made?
The preparation follows a special process of fermentation of fruit with the addition of brown sugar or honey.
The ingredients may vary, but the result is a very healthy and tasty drink that works wonders for your intestinal and overall health!
There are many recipes and techniques, but most follow these steps.
- Cutting the fruit into slices
- Layer fruit slices with brown sugar or honey in a clean, dry glass jar
- Cover the jar with a tight lid
- Stir the mixture every other day for 3-4 weeks
- Leave it for 100 days to complete the fermentation and brewing process.
- Filter and consume a small dose after mealtime to improve digestion
The process requires no fermenting culture, unlike kefir or yogurt.
However, each step has its specificities: the selection of fruit, the choice of utensils to stir the fermenting mixture with, the jars for fermentation, and where to store them during the fermentation process. Last but not least, the fermented mixture should be filtered at the right time.
The fermentation process is overseen by a brewer-master, who watches out for the appearance of mold that can spoil the “Fruit enzyme.”
So if you would like to learn more about how it is made and train to prepare it yourself, you should find a professional “fruit enzyme” drink maker who knows all of the preparation process`s secrets.
What does “Fruit enzyme” contain?
The ingredients and the proportion of the specific nutrients, minerals, vitamins, probiotics, and enzymes in the brew may vary. “Fruit enzyme” is generally fragrant and sweet and contains a percentage of alcohol.
It contains sugars like glucose and fructose. This is why people with sugar metabolic diseases such as Diabetes and Candida should consult a health care practitioner before consuming fruit enzyme drinks.
Alcohol is the by-product of the fermentation process, so people who do not consume alcohol for health or religious reasons should also keep this in mind.
As the drink’s name suggests, Enzymes are the most potent and famous ingredient.
Enzymes are biological catalysts that can speed up processes in our body at a cellular level. They aid functions such as the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients.
Fruit is a significant source of natural enzymes. The medicinal values of fruit enzymes such as bromelain from pineapples and papain from papaya are widely known. They have potent anti-inflammatory properties and have been scientifically proven to enhance circulatory and heart function and relieve joint pain.
During fermentation, the number of enzymes in fruits can increase. This is because live bacteria “pre-digest” the nutrients and improve enzyme levels. These “increased enzymes” are more easily absorbed by human cells.
Fruit enzymes: Malaysia`s magical fermented drink
Because of their numerous health benefits, “fruit enzyme” drinks have claimed a fair share in Malaysia`s public health culture.
The benefits of consuming fruit enzymes have been known to Malaysians for centuries. In the past, many people used to prepare their fruit enzymes.
However, fermentation and brewing take time, space, and dedication. Some enzymes take up to 100 days to complete the entire cycle of fermentation and brewing. This is why Malaysians who still want to enjoy “Fruit enzymes” rely on trusted brands or well-known local brewers.
To meet the enormous demand for fruit enzyme drinks, many companies have started making them on an industrial scale. The healthy enzyme drink is at almost every Malaysian pharmacy and health-food store at a price ranging between 150 and 299 RM.
There are many producers of fruit enzymes. The Penang Tropical Fruit Farm is one of the most famous, offering more than 80 different flavors and attracting more than 70 000 visitors to their yearly exhibition. People can learn a lot about this healthy drink and the making process there.
Here are some of the fruit enzyme makers in Malaysia, but the list is long.
In Malaysia, enzymes are used to restore not only human health but also as natural fertilizers.
Recently there has been a massive environmental push to help reduce river pollution in Malaysia by using fruit enzymes. In the town of Tanjung Bungah, people gathered spoiled fruit from the market to make a massive amount of enzymes and pour it into the rivers. The enzymes literally “eat” water pollutants and restore the ecosystem.
A few final words
Fruit enzymes have been appreciated for their medicinal properties for centuries.
If you are looking for ways to improve your digestion and overall health, taking a sip of fruit enzyme drink after every meal will get the job done. For even better results, you should combine it with a healthy diet, regular water intake, physical exercise, sufficient sleep, and cutting out any bad habits that you may have.
If you want to pre-order a bottle of Fruit enzymes from a professionally trained enzyme brewer or receive more information on the product, send me a message.
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