Papaya and papaya juice ,sprouts and latex were already used in Mayan herbal medicine and in tropical Latin America, in addition to the consumption of the fruit, the leaves are also traditionally used to envelop the fresh meat so that in a few hours it becomes tender, the papaya is the fruit of the dioecious tree of the Caricaceae family, 4-6 m tall; the stem is smooth without branches, the fruits and leaves are born in the upper part of the tree. Trees with male flowers do not bear fruit.
Parts used: Latex, leaves and fruits.
Composition of papaya juice
The latex and leaves of papaya contain papain , a proteolytic enzyme capable of hydrolyzing proteins, releasing the amino acids that compose them. Papain acts similarly to enzymes found in gastric and pancreatic juice.
Preparation and use
Latex: obtained by cutting the unripe fruit and the trunk.
Infusion: it is prepared with 30 g of leaves for 1 liter of water.
Dry extract: it is found in the form of capsules, tablets, tablets, etc.
Health properties of papaya juice
Latex and leaves are a precious help for those suffering from poor digestion and insufficient secretion of gastric juices. In addition, it has a vermifuge action useful against intestinal parasites. The papaya fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and contains papain , which normalizes digestion and intestinal functions.
As it spreads in the body, papain fractionates the abnormally secreted proteins, such as collagen fibers, facilitating their elimination with consequent improvement of the so-called " orange peel " skin .
Papaya seeds can also be used as a mild laxative.