Papaya, Pawpaw, Tree Melon (botanical name Carica Papaya), it has oblong shape, normally greenish yellow, yellow or orange colour. It is a large tree plant fruit usually reaching 2.5kg. It has bitter sweet taste and come from tropical places with higher humidity, native to Mexico, countries of Central America, Thailand, Africa and Asia and growing well in Australia.
Papaya Health Benefits
Pawpaw abounds plentiful all year round in most of the countries. The parts that are used medicinally are fruit, seeds stems and leaves. In the developed countries pawpaw can be bought in all forms, in a form of fermented papaya, herbal teas, even tablets and of course plenty of the fresh fruit, which can be eaten as it is or in a form of juice. So you ask what these awesome healing properties of pawpaw are. Papaya fruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E. it also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium.
Pawpaw is rich in enzymes called papain an chymopapain which helps with the digestion, particularly it breaks down the proteins from the food we ate into amino acids. The latest research shows that amino acids are responsible for all what is happening in our organism, basically for what is happening in every chemical reaction as well as our mental and physical health. As we age we produce less of the digestive enzymes in our stomach and pancreas, which leads to ineffective digestion of proteins. Due to this we end up with excess amount of undigested protein, which leads to overgrowth of the bad bacteria in our gastrointestinal system and not enough of amino acids to perform all important chemical reactions we can say that good quality protein is absolutely essential for our healthy being. This is where the papaya enzymes can be very beneficial. The papain enzymes are produced in the skinny peel of pawpaw. The combination of these enzymes repels insect during the ripening, without this protection pawpaw fruit would not survive. Eating pawpaw after a meal makes for better digestion prevents bloating and chronic indigestion. It can also lower the inflammation in the body, alleviates the pain and edema caused by sport injuries. Because of its and inflammatory properties papaya can relieve the severity of Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Because of it high antioxidant content, papaya can prevent cholesterol oxidation and can be use in a preventative treatments against atherosclerosis, strokes, heat attacks and diabetic heart disease.
In an everyday health papaya works magic on strengthening the immune system preventing the recurrent colds and flu. After treatment with antibiotics eating pawpaw or drinking its juice replenishes the good intestinal bacteria, which was destroyed by the antibiotic treatment. The latest good news from eating pawpaw comes down once again to papain the enzyme.
It was found to destroy intestinal parasites. Papain is proteolitic enzyme, which means that it digests inert (non-living) proteins. Intestinal parasites are largely protein, the papain attacks it and causes parasite to die. Also, home applications of leaf and bark papaya extract is used to deal with mouth gums and toothaches which is being effectively practiced in many cultures around the world.
If you are looking or hoping for more therapeutic effect of eating papaya, you need to be aware the unripe papaya (still green papaya) contains far more of the proteolytic enzymes papain and chymopapain than ripe papaya which we commonly eat,. You can also juice the leaves and stems but be prepared for its vile taste…you can’t naturally like its taste nor does the cancer cells.
Summary of Healing Properties of Papaya
- Increases quality of proteins in whole organism
- Revitalize the human body and maintain energy and vitality
- Encourages the renewal of muscle tissue
- Supports cardiovascular system
- Boosts up the immune system
- Helps with the digestive system, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes
- Papaya can be use also externally as a treatment for skin wounds that don’t heal