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How Papaya Can Naturally Prevent Chronic and Degenerative Diseases

Lisa Garber
July 23rd, 2012
Updated 04/17/2013 at 9:54 pm
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papayaslicedonplate 235x147 How Papaya Can Naturally Prevent Chronic and Degenerative Diseases

Conquistadors arriving in Central America called papayas “the fruit of the angels,” and they weren’t far off the mark. Papayas contain considerable amounts of dietary fiber; vitamin C, A, and E; folate; and a bucket-load of antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenes. These, in addition to being sources of enzymes like papain and chymopapain, make papayas a no-brainer for natural prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer.

Papaya Leaf Extract Kills Cancer Cells

In example, a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology revealed that papayas aid our immune systems in conquering breast, pancreatic, liver, lung, and cervical cancers.  A Japanese team led by Dr. Nam Dang exposed 10 types of cancer cell cultures to four strengths of papaya leaf extract. After only 24 hours, growth of all the tumors had slowed, and only malignant and no healthy cells had been damaged.

Based on these findings, Dr. Dang says that unlike many pharmaceutical and chemotherapeutic treatments for cancer, “No one who takes [papaya leaf] extract experiences demonstrable toxicity.”

Papaya and Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Digestion

Cancer isn’t the only chronic disease papaya naturally prevents. The fruits vitamin C content makes them a good nosh for those wary of cataracts and their antioxidant properties land them in many anti-wrinkle, anti-aging topical treatments.

The fiber in papayas help lower cholesterol, but they also have an uncanny ability to bind to toxins, thereby preventing both diabetic heart disease and colon cancer. Its enzymes also help break down protein to aid in digestion and even support production of the body’s own digestive enzymes, which makes it a good candidate for digestive disorders treatment plans.

How to Reap the Natural Health Benefits of Papaya

When picking papaya at the grocery store, lean towards those of an orange-red hue which also aren’t quite ripe (they lose potency with ripening.) Although more research is necessary, papaya leaf extract seems to have more potent benefits than eating tons of the same fruit.

For a healthful snack, try this smoothie:

  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 slice ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk.
And if you’re looking to spice things up a bit, look no further than to use turmeric – an extremely beneficial spice which is also great at preventing chronic disease.

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  • Mzee Mandawa

    Yes, it’s true.

  • Sao Gabi

    The white milk like fluid from the Papaya can also be used as antibiotic for cuts and wounds. Its has been used for many decades from where I come from which is PNG. We also use the new Guava leaves as a stomach bug cure by chewing it and swollowing the green juice. An instant powerhouse and its all natural.

    • janine

      where can a person get the guava leaves?

  • Sharon Bybee


    …First we have to get the big Biotech companies to label…before that government must require it. Since they are in bed with each other, it's up to us! Vote YES on California Prop 37…if they win the rest of the country may follow. Sign petitions you agree with!

    GMO Papayas. I have learned that in Hawaii they are no long able to grow their native papayas. Due to the acidic changes in the soil. Now,only GMO papayas can be grown. One suspected change in acidity of the soil is possibly due to the fallout from Chemtrail chemicals, (also affecting organic growers in Hawaii, California and other areas).

    Can anyone provide more information on this subject? Or links for research.

  • Rudderpull

    My girlfriend got a tummy bug when she was in Penang Malaysia. We travelled to lake Toba, Sumatra where the local people gave her a drink of tea made from papaya-paw paw leaves. She recovered quickly from what was a serious sickness! Paw paw, papaya is now a regular favourite in my diet!!!!

  • David McElroy

    What about my favorite, DRIED Papaya? Is that sweet treat also good for health and rejuvenation with antioxidants and such? Please do tell.

  • Eliot W. Collins

    Most fresh fruits and vegetables are non-GMO. Genetically modified papayas, however, are approved for consumption both in the US and in Canada. If one only wants to eat non-GMO papayas, then make sure that they are labeled USDA Organic or non-GMO.