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“Papaya” is a pear shaped tropical fruit and than be as long as 7 to 20 inches.
This fruit is available in the market throughout the year, but most abundant during the summer.
Papaya is an amazingly rich source of the proteolytic enzymes.
These are the chemicals that enable the digestion of protein.
The ripe fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.
Papaya juice helps in relieving infections of the colon and can help break down pus and mucus.
Papain, which is the most important of these enzymes in the papaya, is extracted and dried as a powder for use to aid the digestion, and it is often used as a meat tenderizer, the enzyme partially breaking down the meat fibres – digesting them in fact.
Papaya has got rejuvenating properties, especially for the control of premature ageing.
Poor digestion leaves the body without the correct nutrients.
Those who find it difficult to digest anything frequently, find that papaya used regularly, either in tablet or juice form helps in digestion.
As a cleanser we can take 150ml of papaya juice alternated each hour for twelve hours with the same amount of cucumber or green bean juice.
Papaya contains arginine which is essential for male fertility and also carpain, an enzyme good for the heart.
Fibrin also occurs and this substance is not commonly found in the plant kingdom; in man it forms part of the blood clotting process. The papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is rich in carotene.
After treatment with antibiotics the use of papaya juice will quickly assist the restoration of the normal bacteria in the gut which will have been destroyed by the treatment.
Papaya is good for many digestive disorders and is excellent for improving poor digestion. It has also been recommended as part of the treatment for cancer.
Therapeutically it can be combined with pineapple juice in which there is another important enzyme bromelain.
The skin of the papaya is a first class external treatment for skin wounds and places that do not heal quickly. The pulp from the juicer can be used for this and as a poultice.
Papaya containsthe following vitamins and nutrients:
- Vitamin A,
- Vitamin C,
- Carbohydrates and
- Vitamin E and K.
The papaya seeds are antihelmintic, for expelling worms and they are given with honey.
We can chew and swallow two teaspoonful of seeds after each principal meal, three times a day.
We have to wash and cut the papaya fruit vertically into two halves and remove the seeds and cut the fruit into small pieces and eat.