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Updated on January 29, 2010

A tropical melon-like fruit that grows in cluster at the height of 20 feet with tuft leaves or a long-footed stalk. The fruits is yellowish orange and weigh 10 pounds or less. It has a thick rind, fleshy pulp and small black seed. Deliciously sweet. It is spherical or pear-shaped fruits.

It increases female libido. It has compound to act as hormone estrogen for women. A better alternative remedy for menstruation. It is good in milk production of mothers. It facilitate childbirth. It can even increase female libido.

The milky juice from unripe fruits is a good digestive aid. It stimulates secretion of gastric juice. Better for the treatment of stomach discomfort (dyspepsia). Helpful in the prevention of atherosclerosis. Good for diabetics and heart disease. Excellent source of vitamin C, E and A. Concentration of pro-vitamin A (carotenoid phytonutrients), a powerful anti-oxidants. Helps oxidation of cholesterol due to the development of plaque, causing stroke or heart attack.

The digestive enzyme called papain is good as tenderizer of meat. It has an anti-inflammatory benefits. It has a compound called paraoxonase, an enzyme that inhibit LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol oxidation. Has good source of fiber in lowering cholesterol level. It has a substance called homocysteine needed for the conversion into an amino acid called cysteine or methionine.

Rich in anti-oxidant such as folic acid and fiber. It promotes better cardiovascular system. It provides protection against colon cancer. It contains Vitamin A, a very powerful anti-oxidant like Vitamin C and E because of concentration of carotenoid phytonutrients. It has phyto-chemicals of beta-cryptoxanthin, benzl isothiocyanates.

Papaya enzyme help lower inflammation and improve healing of burn. Good in better functioning of immune system. Used for treatment of scurvy because of vitamin -C properties. Used in habitual constipation. The leaves dip in hot water or in fire is good to painful parts of the body. Used in anti-aging of skin or premature aging.

Folic acid is needed in the conversion of a substance called homocysteine, an amino acid. If unconverted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls if the level  is too high and becomes a risk factor of stroke.

Other uses: Ripe fruit eaten for breakfast, dessert, fruit salads. Used in soft drinks, jam and ice cream flavoring. Canned in syrup. Unripe fruit used as vegetable. Used in the manufacture of chewing gum, cosmetics, drugs as digestive remedy.


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