PHYTO FACTSPhyto Facts-Papaya

Phyto Facts-Papaya

Papayas are thought to have originated in Mexico and Central America, but are now available in all tropical countries.

Papayas contain Carotenoids more powerful than in tomatoes and carrots!

Papayas are thought to have originated in Mexico and Central America, but are now available in all tropical countries. Whoever said that Choline is present only in eggs? Papayas contain a rich source of Choline to support memory. Choline also reduces chronic inflammation.

With the number of people today facing digestive distress, anything from bloating and gas to indigestion, constipation and undigested food, Papaya is nature’s own Digestive Enzyme. Forget the Digestive Enzymes out there. Instead bring back Papayas into your life.

The Papain is also anti-inflammatory, so a great food for Arthritis and pains. Avoid combining them with your meals. Have them an hour or more before a meal. That way they will act as a Digestive enzyme for the meal. If you are put off by the smell, blend it into a smoothie with some Cinnamon and Coconut Milk. If you find yourself nauseous, don’t stay away. Maybe you need to do some gut repair. Many people avoid Papaya saying that it makes them throw up. If this is happening to you, it really is a sign that the acid balance in the stomach might be off and that the gut requires some attention and love. It is not a sign to stay away lifelong, but rather a clue as to something going on in there. I know that when I had acid reflux, each time I ate a Papaya and went somewhere, by the end of the drive I was so sick and nauseous, and invariably threw up! I stayed away, after the usual Google search of Ayurveda dosha and what to avoid. Surprisingly, today, most of what I avoided are actually what are most helpful to me!


Carotenoids in Papaya are more bioavailable than from carrots and tomatoes


Antioxidant flavonoids of Papaya are anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti cancer


Considered God’s own Digestive enzyme to help break down tough foods

Benefits of Papaya

Powerful Digestive enzyme Papain

Rich source of Beta Carotene

Choline for memory

Fibre for detoxification

Folate, a natural form of Folic Acid

Anti bacterial and anti fungal

Helps with Ovulation

“The sun setting on the Ucayali, with the Andean foothills in the background, and the taste of freshly cut papaya in my mouth, restoring a body utterly shattered, made for one of those ‘ones to tell the grandchildren’ memories.”
Mark Barrowcliffe



Beta Carotene and Vitamin A can be tricky in vegetarian forms, in terms of how it converts In the body. The beta carotene in Papaya was found in a study to be 3 times more bioavailable than from other planet sources!

This makes the humble Papaya a ready source of Vitamin A. With it’s rich supply of Carotene and Vitamin C, the building block of Collagen, Papaya is a great skin and hair food. Carotene also reduces the risk of Asthma, so if you have any trouble with breathing or wheezing, add a Papaya.

Medical News Today says that Zeaxanthin, an Antioxidant found in papaya, filters out harmful blue light rays. So if you have issues with your Circadian rhythm from excessive exposure to LED light, reach for the Papaya.

Papaya is a rich source of natural Fibre, so it once again, helps digestion, aids waste removal and detoxification, balance blood sugar and support Diabetes. Papayas also contain Folate, Magnesium, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Potassium and Lycopene which is a powerful Immune booster.


Avoid buying Papaya that is non organic and ripened with Formaldehyde

Cut naturally ripened Papaya when it is soft but not wounded

Use Papaya in smoothies and juices before meals to aid digestion during the meal


  • Salma

    Thanks for sharing very interesting information. I did not know that the body rejects certain foods when the gut health is not fine. Looking forward to an article that shares how one can heal the gut health so that one can enjoy all foods. I also want to know how do we know that the body is rejecting food because of poor gut health or allergic reaction?

    • Deepa Kannan

      Hello Salma, when the inflammatory values are high, everything is reacting. When overall inflammation is brought down, many things change. An allergic reaction occurs when gut health is poor, as 70% of the Immune system is located in the gut. So a body rejecting food due to poor gut health or due to an allergy are interconnected. Gut healing is very individualised and requires much attention.

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