Papaya Extract; the story behind this amazing tropical fruit;
The Papaya (Carica papaya) is a small tropical tree with a straight stem and oddly enough does not have any branches. The tree bears the papaya fruit which is pear-shaped with a bright golden-yellow skin. The flesh of the fruit is a brighter orange-yellow, juicy and silky smooth, with a sweet and sour flavor. In the tropics around the world, papaya is often eaten for breakfast, served either green or ripe. The shiny gray or black seeds in the interior of the fruit have a peppery taste and are edible, although they are somewhat bitter. The fruit, as well as the other parts of the papaya tree, contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe. Papaya is also a healthy source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids, vitamin C and vitamin B. It’s also a good source of fiber, magnesium and other minerals. Together, these nutrients help to improve cardiovascular health, protect against heart disease, promote digestive health and help you lose that tough to lose weight. In addition, Papaya protects your eyes against macular degeneration, offers protection against rheumatoid arthritis, calms those achy joints, and even protects against colon cancer.
As a fruit with many uses, the papaya is extraordinary and helps us in many ways. Papain is extracted from the papaya fruit to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and is also used as an ingredient in some chewing gums. The juice is a very popular beverage, and the leaves and young stems are steamed and served as a vegetable and made part of many dinners. Papain is also commonly used to “clear” freshly brewed beer. The papaya fruit also naturally produces latex. The latex is used as a freckle remover, and as you probably know, latex has many other uses as well. The leaves have been used as a substitute for soap and the list continues.
- Papaya extract helps prevent and slow the signs of aging
- Has antioxidant effects on Alzheimer’s Disease
- Has proven anti-inflammatory effects
- Supports digestive health
- Boosts your immunity
- Lowers cholesterol
Tony O’s take on Hawaii Pharm’s Papaya extract;
I love Hawaii Pharm’s Papaya extract! Papaya contains papain which is a powerhouse when it comes to digestive aids! I often mix it into my morning juices and try to incorporate it into my diet as much as possible because the overall benefits of papain in the diet are awesome! I like papaya’s and look for them in the grocery store to eat organically too, but when I don’t have time to shop or can’t find nice papaya’s, I’ll add a dropper full of Hawaii Pharm’s Papaya extract to my daily juice or tea in the morning. I get all the benefits of those wonderful vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients, and of course papain which not only helps with efficient digestion but also contributes to my cardiovascular health too! Papaya extract can be easily added to your favorite juice, tea or simply in water. It doesn’t get easier than that!