The Power of Papaya
Number 125. For professional use only
Papaya (or Carica papaya) is a member of the Caricaceae (Paw Paw) family and native to Central America. The flesh, skin, seeds and stem of the papaya fruit have been used in traditional medicine for many years, for a variety of uses. In fact, the first ever written case of papaya being used for its healthful properties was in 1526. The Papaya plant is a rich source of the protein-digesting enzyme, papain, and many papaya products use the milky juice taken from the unripe fruit or stem, where the concentration of papain is highest. However, it is the flesh from the more mature fruit - sometimes called the vitamin and mineral bomb due to its vast nutritive properties - which can provide the widest range of digestive benefits, containing not just papain, but numerous other active components too. Papaya has now been shown in trials to significantly improve the symptoms associated with numerous digestive complaints, in particular constipation.
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