Is Papaya Good for Cancer?

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

As mentioned earlier, most people simply discard the seeds, however the seeds are possibly more potent than the flesh in protecting the body against cancer.  The seeds contain high levels of oleic and palmitic acids, these are both fatty acids thought to prevent cancer.
The seeds have a spicy, peppery taste, somewhat akin to a mild wasabi.  In my case, I just ate the seeds raw directly from the fruit, but for those of you that feel the bitter taste is too much for you, I suggest adding honey to ‘improve’ the taste.  Alternatively, you could use the seeds as an alternative to pepper, just dry out the seeds and grind them as you would a peppercorn.

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.


14 thoughts on “Is Papaya Good for Cancer?”

  1. This is such an informative article regarding the benefits of Papaya, this fruit sounds a potent solution to combat the onslaught of cancer. I am ignorant to the benefits of Papaya due to never been associated with this fruit. I’m from the UK, whether they’re sold in supermarkets I’m not sure but will definitely lookout next time we’re shopping. Thank you!

    I listened to a doctor’s interview regarding the performance chemotherapy has defeating cancer a while back.

    He says 97% of the time chemotherapy makes no difference in combatting cancer therefore why do we use it on such a vast scale? It’s simply down to money, that’s all pharmaceutical industries not forgetting pensions are interested in.

    He further led on to severely criticize their business ethics suggesting we should be looking at alternative preventions that deal with the roots of the problem.

    Surprisingly he said there are many naturally grown products out there which are highly beneficial and have outstanding results defeating cancer. Maybe Papaya is one of them. But why don’t they push these naturally grown fruits – Money, simple as that. Sad times,

    1. Thank you Simon, I’m glad you found it informative.  The doctor you mention is very brave to admit the weaknesses of chemotherapy, it is a staggering failure rate. The reason the ‘industry’ is not pushing the natural options is simply, there’s no money in it.  You may want to look at some of the other articles I’ve written, one specifically addresses the problem with ‘Big Pharma’.  The doctor is absolutely right, there are so many natural options available, although conventional science has not conducted significant research and so they’re not considered ‘approved’.

      Drop me a line or leave a comment if you want to know about anything else, stay healthy 🙂

    1. Hi Gloria,

      In my case I just took the seeds directly from the fruit and chewed before swallowing. The taste is tolerable but if you prefer a sweeter taste you could add honey. I am currently writing a post specifically about papaya and I will give a number of different ways to consume the seeds.

      For the herbs I specifically consumed, I bought them locally in Malaysia and will be writing reviews about each one.

      Please visit again for updates.

      Take care.

  2. I never would of guessed that papaya would be the fruit to help prevent against cancer. You make it sound so yummy and I want to try it but I don’t know if I would like it.
    I see them all the time in the supermarket. Never could get around to buying any.
    I am going to have to try the tea out since I love tea so much.
    I usually don’t eat seeds so I don’t know about that part. Maybe I could try it. Do you know of any other fruits that are good for cancer?

    1. Thanks for dropping by Kendrick.  I’m sure you will love it, try blending it with a bit of mint and drink it, it’s very refreshing.  There are so many fruits that have been reported as containing the components that have some positive benefits agains cancer. Check out Soursop or Graviola, for example, also mentioned on my site.  Let me know what you think.

  3. Hi Salam,
    We took your advise and started eating more local fruits but only the ones that are in season. We also bought a juicer and have fresh fruit juice every morning. My wife reckons she feels so much better and her skin has more glow to it.

    1. Hi Neil, I’m glad you finally took at leat some of my advice LoL.
      Juicing is a great way to get all the nutritional benefits that your body needs, tasty too.

      I hope yo visit my site again, there’s more to come. Of course it takes time and effort to do the research so not everything will be available overnight, so be patient 🙂

      Don’t forget to spread the word.


    2. Hi, my daughter is a pharmacist. she told us that be careful you do not juice too much fruit..better to eat them bc there tends to be too much sugar in a cup, and might just end up with type 2 diabetes. since then, I stopped juicing fruits but add a little bit of fruit in with the vegetables.

      1. Hi Michelle, thanks for your comment. In response I can only say that there are numerous studies making the link between juicing and diabetes. Overall it seems that eating the whole fruit reduces the amount of ‘free sugar’ released to the body. The beauty of papaya is that you don’t have to juice it, you can just eat the flesh as it is. If a person did want to make it into a liquid form, I would suggest pop the flesh into a blender, this will retain the fibre rather than remove it the way that normal juicing would.

    1. You’re welcome Hamka. It is important that we ensure that our loved ones get the right nutrition.
      It’s difficult sometimes, especially when the craving for a certain Kentucky fried bird kicks in.
      Our hectic way of living doesn’t help and people tend to go for convenience rather than goodness.

      Let me know how the new menu progresses 🙂

    1. Thanks Samantha. Goji berry is popular in chinese medicine but very little has been researched with regard to its anti-cancer properties. One research did have some success where the fruit extracts were tested on human cancer cells revealing evidence of control over the growth of the cancer cells and even sudden cell death,(apoptosis); it’s not conclusive and more research will need to be done.

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