- Medical benefits
In what concerns the medical benefits of pepsin, there have been very clear results. All conducted studies have shown that pepsin is the main digestive for all proteins that are part of the human diet. The dietary proteins have the form of large molecules that are very difficult to absorb. In order to be properly absorbed by the human body, they have to be broken down into polypeptides, which are smaller particles of the molecules ingested in the first place. According to the UC Clermont College, pepsin is the main enzyme in the body that can do that, thus providing digestion. In the absence of it, the human body would be seriously inhibited when it came to the ability of metabolizing proteins.
As said by the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, pepsin is also responsible for stimulating the liver and the gallbladder. Once this enzyme is released in the body, all the receptors that tell the liver and the gallbladder to secrete bile in the small intestines, activate. As bile is essential in the digestive process and couldn’t exist without pepsin, it makes the latter vital for the proper functioning of the human body.
Moreover, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pepsin is also responsible for the absorption of vitamin B12 in the body. This vitamin is essential for human beings, the absence of it leading to serious health issues. In order for this vitamin to be properly absorbed, pepsin has to be among the substances from the gastric acids which make the digestion possible.
One of the most interesting and surprising benefits that pepsin offers to the body are the dental ones. According to the book entitled ‘Dental Medicine: A Manual of Dental Materia Medica and Therapeutics’, written by Ferdinand Gorgas, pepsin can also be effectively when used for infected or putrid teeth, as it has antiseptic qualities. It can be applied directly on the affected areas of the teeth, but it has to be used in very small amounts, as it has strong hydrochloric properties that could cause more harm.
Another study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, has demonstrated that pepsin is a critically important enzyme that balances and regulates human’s digestion in both the stomach and the intestines. But besides improving the digestion process, pepsin also produces a negative reaction in the body, as it’s responsible for causing digestive ulcers in case it is found in high quantities in the body. Thus, the enzyme cannot be merged with treatments recommended for gastric ulcers, as it may aggravate the patient’s state.