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Health Benefits of Papaya/Pawpaw

NB: This information is for educational purposes only. Please contact your physician first before starting any new regiments.

Rich source of absorbable antioxidants – carotenoids (lycopene)

Can reduce inflammation

Disease fighting properties

Anti-aging properties

Good source for the enzyme called papain, used to tenderize meat.


  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Folate (vitamin B9)
  • Potassium
  • Trace amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B3, B5, E and K.

Antioxidant Action

During our body’s metabolism process, free radicals (reactive molecules) are created which when left in the body promotes oxidative stress and can lead to diseases. It is also believed that free radicals in the brain cells contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

Anticancer Properties

Since most cancers are linked to free radical in the body, the strong antioxidants found in Pawpaw helps to reduce cancer risk and perhaps even slow cancer progression.

Heart Health

The high content of vitamin C and lycopene found in Pawpaw can improve heart health and may reduce your risk of heart disease. Pawpaw leaf juice improves blood circulation by dilating blood vessels and hence decreasing the risk of stroke.


Inflammation typically causes pain because the swelling and buildup of tissue starts pressing against nerve endings. This pressure sends pain signals to the brain, causing discomfort. Chronic inflammation is at the root of many diseases. Pawpaw’s are very high in carotenoids that can reduce inflammation.


In sub-Saharan Africa, Pawpaw is considered a remedy for constipation and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

The seeds and other parts of the plant have also been proven to treat ulcers


Since excessive free radicals is known and believed to be responsible for  wrinkles, saggy skin and other skin conditions, Pawpaw can also help you look more toned and youthful due to its rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C.

What is papain?

Papain is a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the raw fruit of the pawpaw plant. Proteolytic enzymes help break proteins down into smaller protein fragments called peptides and amino acids. This is why papain is a popular ingredient in meat tenderizer.

Papain is a popular folk remedy to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. It has also been used to improve digestion and to treat infections, diarrhea, and allergies. Cancer studies are also ongoing with respect to Papain.

Uses of Papain

Other facts

Fred Oduro

Fred has a wealth of experience in Operations management, food Safety and Quality management systems. He has profound interest in African history, African cultures and ultimately, African spirituality. Fred is an ardent advocate of African traditional medicine.

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