Absolutely! I actually used papaya fruit and the seeds to help clear my cancer and so it’s timely that I should talk about how papaya is good for cancer treatment. The fruit, seeds, and leaves, all have powerful properties for combatting cancer.
‘Carica Papaya‘, or Papaya, is commonly grown in tropical and subtropical countries, both as a food and for use in natural treatment of various ailments.
Here in Malaysia it goes by the name ‘Betik‘ , while many other countries refer to it as ‘Pawpaw‘ or ‘Papaw‘; Christopher Columbus is purported to have referred to Papaya as the ‘fruit of angels‘ when he discovered the fruit in Mexico.
Use of Papaya to Treat Cancer
As with many other natural food products, there are increasing studies to determine the effectiveness of Papaya as a treatment for cancer. With the amount of vitamins and minerals contained within the fleshy fruit it is obviously good for strengthening the immune system which is critical for fighting against cancer cells.
The high levels of beta-carotene and lycopene also have a positive effect on cancer. As an antioxidant, it neutralises the free radicals thus preventing them from doing harm. Studies have shown that daily consumption of 50mg of beta-carotene produces high levels of natural killer cells. The body also converts beta-carotene into vitamin A which is a known cancer inhibitor and more than 200 studies have shown the positive benefits of beta-carotene in fighting cancer, particularly breast, cervical, colon, melanoma, and prostate cancers.
The Papaya Fruit
The fruit grows on a palm-like tree and turns yellow when ripe. The ripe flesh is a deep orange colour and upon slicing open the fruit, the shiny dark seeds are revealed. Unfortunately, most people tend to scoop out the seeds and discard them, which as this article will reveal, is an incredible waste.
The soft, slippery flesh has a subtle sweetness and contains a myriad of flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins. Rich in Vitamin C, it also contains Vitamins A, B, E, and K, together with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. The deep orange colour of the ripe fruit is due to the high content of beta-carotene.
The unripe fruit also has its benefits due to it containing high levels of protein digesting enzymes, namely papain and chymopapain. These help with digestion and are particularly useful for patients being treated with chemotherapy since while their protein requirements are increased they usually have digestive problems due to the chemo side effects.
The Oft Forgotten Papaya Seeds
Last but not Least…The Power of Papaya Leaves
Research has shown that the Papaya leaves are a powerful means of combatting cancer. Numerous studies have been done that demonstrate that papaya leaf exhibits anti-tumour properties for many types of cancer. Leaf extracts contain numerous compounds that exhibit numerous benefits against cancer as well improving general health and vitality.
Papaya leaves have been used to improve the immune system, increase blood platelet counts, improve appetite, and improve digestion; all beneficial for cancer sufferers, even for those already undergoing chemotherapy, papaya can help alleviate the side effects.
The leaf can be boiled to make a tea, say 10 chopped leaves with around two litres of water boiled down to one litre. After cooling, the tea can be stored in a refrigerator for up to two days. There are no reports of negative side effects or adverse reactions, except if perhaps the laxative effects kick in. It is reported that the higher the dose of papaya tea, the more powerful the affect against tumours. If you live in an area that doesn’t have fresh papaya leaves readily available, there are numerous online sources or health shops that sell the tea or powder.
I hope I have answered the question, ‘is papaya good for cancer?’. I’ve purposely not gone into all the scientific details, but if you want to know more, just leave a comment below or contact me by email.
I wish you all the best and good health.