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What is Papaya Enzyme?

It is contained in the fruit and in the seeds of the papaya and known as papain. It is similar in makeup and application as the enzyme bromelain (from pineapples) and used topically to treat sports injuries and reduce swelling and pain and as a supplement to treat some allergies. This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements. It is also used as an ingredient in some chewing gums.

Papaya is a good souces of vitamins A, C, E and K while containing high levels of flavanoids, folate and pantothenic acid, potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber.

What is Papaya Good For?

Papayas may be helpful in the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. They are an great source of vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin E and vitamin A thanks to a concentration of pro-vitamin A carotenoid phytonutrients, which are three very powerful antioxidants. These nutrients have been found to help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. It is when cholesterol oxidizes that it can stick to and build up in the walls of blood vessel, forming dangerous plaques that we now know can eventually be the cause of heart attacks or strokes. It is believed that dietary vitamins C and E exerts this effect through their association with paraoxonase, which is an enzyme that inhibits LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol oxidation.

The nutrients found in papaya are helpful in preventing colon cancer. Papaya's fiber content binds to cancer-causing toxins found in the colon and prevent their interaction with healthy colon cells. There is also evidence to suggest that when combined with drinking green tea, papaya helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.

There is also an anti-inflammatory effect stemming from the unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain present in papaya, which also help to heal burns and other wounds.