Papaya, Papaw or Paw Paw (Australia), Mamao (Brazil), is a delicious tropical fruit.
Hawaiian Papayas are small and pear-shaped, while Carribean and Asian papayas are long and large. Papaya is high in: vitamins C, A, K, E, plus magnesium, folate, beta carotene, and lutein, and more.
Christopher Columbus called it “fruit of the angels“.
An NIH Study states:
The treatment of Paediatric burns using topical papaya
The pulp of the papaya fruit, mashed and applied daily to full thickness and infected burns, appears to be effective in desloughing necrotic tissue, and preventing burn wound infection.
Possible mechanisms of action include the activity of proteolytic enzymes chymopapain and papain, as well as an antimicrobial activity.
Papaya is an excellent treatment for digestive disorders and any disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Papain, the powerful enzyme in Papaya, helps dissolve and digest protein, easing stomach ailments and indigestion.
- In fact, it is so powerful in breaking down tough meat fibers, it is often used in restaurants and in commercial meat tenderizers!
- Papaya has been effective in easing heartburn and is given to treat dyspepsia and gastric issues. Papaya also stimulates the appetite.
- Papain also aids in the digestion of carbohydrates. It breaks down wheat gluten, which may help to those with gluten intolerance.
- Age-related macular degeneration, is the most common cause of blindness in America. The high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in foods like papaya may also protect against developing cataracts, glaucoma, and other chronic eye diseases.
- Papaya is also good source of folate which helps control homocysteine levels in the bloodstream. High levels of homocysteine in the blood is known to damage blood vessels and a potential cause of cardiovascular disease.
- Once again, the rich antioxidant content of papaya, particularly lycopene, beta-carotene and another less well-known carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin, are particularly beneficial in reducing your risk of developing cancer.
- Most tumors and cancer cells are covered by a sticky resistant protein coating (fibrin), which makes them safe from immune cells and may even protect them somewhat from chemotherapy. The Papain in papaya eats away this outer layer, thus exposing cancer cells and allowing the body’s immune system to dispose of them. It is also believed to slow proliferation.
~~~~~~~~You can add papaya to a fruit based or green salad. It’s also delicious eaten in the shell with a light squeeze of lime juice, at the end of a meal.
You add Papaya to smoothies for an enzyme boost. Here is one of my favorite combinations:
- 1 c. cubed ripe Papaya
- 1 c. cubed Pineapple (rich in Bromelain)
- 1/2 c. organic Strawberries, halved
- 1 c. Coconut Milk
- 1 Tbs. raw organic Honey
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
Blend and enjoy!