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PAPAYA - 番木瓜
Carica papaya

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Digestive disorders, disorders of the pancreas, intestinal parasites like hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale), threadworm (Oxyuris vermicularis) or pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) etc., ameba, cellulite, diabetes; to help with digestion of amino acids ...

Description

Composition :
100% Carica papaya - 250 mg

Part used :
Immature fruit, leaves (or seeds)

Papaya (Carica papaya), aka PawPaw or Melon Tree, is a tropical plant in the Melon family (Caricaceae), native to the coastal regions of Central America. It is called a tree as it looks like a tree, although it is not so botanically speaking (experts describe it as a ‘tree-like herb’). The Papaya is a large plant with a single stem growing from 5 – 10 m (16 to 33 ft) tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk. The leaves are also large, 50 – 70 cm (20–28in) in diameter, with seven lobes. The flowers are similar in shape to the flowers of the Plumeria, but much smaller and wax-like. They appear on the axils of the leaves, maturing into large fruit, about 15 – 45 cm (6–18in) long and 10 – 30 cm (4–12in) in diameter. The fruit is ripe when it feels soft and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue.

The latex of the immature (green) fruit and the plant‘s latex can be used for tenderizing meat and other proteins. Scientific research has shown that papain, a substance richly present in the latex as well as the immature fruit, and to some lesser extent in the leaves and seeds, may help digest (ferment) foods rich in amino acids. Papaya stimulates the pancreas and is among the best remedies when it comes to treatment of intestinal parasites; when living in or traveling to the tropics, it should be considered part of any diet – especially the seeds. Papaya also balances the enzymatic action in the intestines and helps with digestion of fats; it therefore constitutes a critical, natural component of any weight loss program (in conjunction with Pineapple also good for treatment of cellulite).

The Papaya fruit is a source of nutrients such as provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber. Papaya skin, pulp and seeds also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including lycopene and polyphenols.

History: In some parts of the world, papaya leaves have traditionally been made into tea as a treatment for malaria. Antimalarial and antiplasmodial activity has indeed been noted in some preparations of the plant, but the mechanism is not yet understood and no treatment method based on these results has been scientifically documented. Papaya has also been used as a medicine for dengue fever and papain is also applied topically for the treatment of cuts, rashes, stings and burns. Harrison Ford was treated for a ruptured disc incurred during filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by papain injections.

Women in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other countries have long used green Papaya as a herbal medicine for contraception and abortion (enslaved women in the West Indies were noted for consuming green Papaya to prevent pregnancies and thus preventing their children from being born into slavery).

Dosage

Take 1-2 capsules three times daily, preferably before/during a meal.

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