The papaya tree.
Christopher Columbus called it the “fruit of the angels.” Here in Malaysia, (the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand also) these yellow orange luscious fruits grow everywhere, anytime, anyhow. They are resilient and sturdy, a survivor in dry and rainy seasons. Papaya is a common tropical fruit that has been used as vegetable, dessert, beauty enhancers and highly regarded for its medicinal attributes.
Since it is so common, most of us take it for granted. We marvel and appreciate other expensive medicines coming from other countries. Fruits that are not endemic in our country which have also medicinal attributes are more attractive and palatable than this commoner.
This tropical wonder fruit Papaya or Pawpaw apaya (Carica papaya) is widely known as a cancer fighting agent based on studies and reviews worldwide. Papaya is rich with fiber and folate that lower the risk of getting colon cancer.
Studies conducted by University of Florida researcher Nam Dang, M.D. Ph.D and his team in Japan showed that extract from dried papaya leaves has significant anticancer effects on lab –grown tumors which also includes cancer of the pancreas,liver,lung,breast, and cervix.
Papaya has enzymes called papain and chymopapain that help our bodies digest proteins and breaks it down into amino acids that is essential to our health. These enzymes are produced in papaya skin to protect it from insects when it ripens.
The benefits from papaya extends to better digestion after a meal, lower inflammation, relives rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, may help prevent strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. This wonder fruit is packed with vitmin A,C and E including calcium iron riboflavin niacine and thiamin, flavonoids, and carotene.
(Published in A Journey through Cancer - by: MUFFET DOLAR VILLEGAS)
Papaya contains the following Nutritional Values, (Source: Wikipedia):
Papaya, raw Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 163 kJ (39 kcal). Carbohydrates 9.81 g. Sugars 5.90 g. Dietary fibre 1.8 g. Fat 0.14 g. Protein 0.61 g. Vitamin A equiv. 55 μg (6%) - beta-carotene 276 μg (3%), Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.04 mg (3%), Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.05 mg (3%), Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.338 mg (2%), Vitamin B6 0.1 mg (8%), Vitamin C 61.8 mg (103%), Calcium 24 mg (2%), Iron 0.10 mg (1%), Magnesium 10 mg (3%), Phosphorus 5 mg (1%), Potassium 257 mg (5%), Sodium 3 mg (0%), Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
So, if happen to be a Malaysian, take papaya frequently. Don't chop down those wild papaya trees. Let it grow... You'll never regret...
Have a nice day....