Papaya is a fruit that has been widely spread across the globe today. Native to America, probably northern side of America to Mexico and now it is easily found almost in every grocery stores or market. Because of its sweetness in taste, ripe papaya is very commonly used as fresh juice or addition to salad or healthy breakfast bowl or just eaten raw without the skin and seeds. The unripe papaya is very tasty for salad, curry, and stew especially in South East Asia culinary.
Papaya highest nutritional benefits is Vitamin C, it provides about slightly more than 230 grams of Vitamin C or about 400% higher than our suggested daily value of 60 grams a day. Other than that, papaya also produces enzyme that is very beneficial for our health that is called papain
Papain or papaya proteinase is usually extracted from raw papaya and its leaf before then capsuled for easier consumption. It plays a big role in our digestion support as papain can help break down tough protein that we eat especially from meat. Whereas other fruits are not suggested to be taken after meal, but papaya with its papain is always recommended as it is high in antioxidant and it enhances our body’s ability to absorb the nutrition from protein based food.
Other than the above benefits from papain, below listed several other benefit that we can get from papain:
1.Remedy for Sore Throat
According to research years back, the right dosage of papain lozenge can be taken when we experience first sign of sore throat. Based on 100 participants on the research, the right amount of papain lozenge that also contains of lysozyme and bacitracin can also reduce the pain from swelling tonsils.
The University of Michigan has supported the fact that papain can help the work that is done by our intestines and stomach and our pancreas by acting like natural digestive enzyme that as mentioned at the beginning of this article can break down larger proteins into smaller proteins that is also known as peptides and further into the smallest amino acid subunit.
3.Help Heal Wounds
A study at Maryland Medical Centre has found that papain can help to heal the wound from surgical procedures. Several smaller skin diseases such as ulcers, bedsore, and burnt skin can also be healed by applying papain salve or papain infused lotion to the wound. However, this salve or lotion is not recommended to be applied to open wounds.
However, certain people might have a significant allergic reaction to papain. Hence, a simple test might be done before applying papain to your wound to avoid further reaction. Try to apply papain salve or the papain infused lotion to your clean inner wrist or to your elbow and patch it with band aid, after 12 about 12 hours, open the patch and check if there is any rash showing. If rash is visible, stop using the salve and consult your paramedic straight away.
Papain enzyme is very powerful to resist redness and also inflammation. A study done by The Maryland Medical Centre has supported that papain can also reduce joint and prostate inflammation. Whereas our body has naturally produced anti-inflammatory however, taking the right amount of anti-inflammatory supplement can boost our body ability to heal from an inflammatory. However, always consult with your doctor first in regard to the dosage of papain that you should take to avoid any side effect.
As mentioned at the opening of the article that papain can also boost antioxidant in our body. We know that free radical that we are exposed everyday can damage our cells but consuming anti-oxidant that is based on chemical ingredient can also bring unwanted side effect to our body such as addiction.
Hence consuming the right amount of papain can prolong the survival of probiotic bacteria in our body so it can help us to deal with the roaming free toxins in our days. Furthermore, as other anti-oxidant ingredients can do, papain can also help reducing the risk of cancer in our body.
6.Reducing Shingles Symptoms
Shingles is infection caused by varicella-zoster virus that can also cause chicken pox. Even after the disease if cured, the bacteria might still live in the nerves systems of the person who used to suffer from the disease.
Papain intake right when the first sign of shingles appear can help relieve the symptoms. However, consultation with doctor is always needed as the shingle symptoms might cause serious health problem without proper treatment.
Ringworm is a condition on someone’s skin that might cause redness and irritation if it is not treated properly. Despite of its misleading name that might cause people to think that this disease is caused by worm, this disease is actually caused by fungus. This fungus can affect your scalp, hand, feet, groin, or even in other area.
It has been highlighted before that papain in papaya can boost the antioxidant in your body which then also will help your body to relieve irritation and redness that caused by the ringworm disease. All you need to do is apply papaya juice or mashed papaya on your affected area and leave it for 20 minutes at least before rinsing it with water.
Arthritis is usually related to older people’s disease but nowadays, some younger generation can also have arthritis. It is a condition when your joint is irritated and it can cause major discomfort for those who suffer from this disease.
Papain with its anti-inflammatory property might ease the pain in arthritis caused by the irritation of the joint. Consuming a bowl of ripe papaya a day might have a significant result. However, should the pain gets worse, it is always best to contact your paramedic straight away to consult.
The result from papain intake may vary from one person to another depending on their natural immune system as well as their natural reaction to certain food. Also several considerations might be thought of before taking or applying papain such as, pregnant women as well as people who are going to go an operation procedure might be best to avoid taking papain as it can increase bleeding risk during the surgery due to increase in clotting disorder, people who are allergic to kiwi most likely will be allergic to papain, and applying papain to irritated skin might cause blisters and further irritation.