Papaya (Paw Paw) for Immunity

Papaya (Paw Paw) for Immunity

What is Papaya? Papaya is the fruit of a tree-like plant (Carica papaya) native to Central America, where it was already a well-known food when Christopher Columbus first tasted it. Impressed with the sweet, buttery-textured fruit, Columbus called it the "Fruit of the Angels."  Many people think of papaya (also called paw paw in Europe and Australia, and mamao in Brazil) as an excellent digestive aid. But that is only the beginning of the health benefits of the papaya plant's fruit, seeds, and leaves.  Papaya and Cancer While anecdotal evidence about treating cancer with papaya leaf tea has circulated for some time, Dr. Nam Dang (University of Florida) and colleagues in Japan were able to document the anticancer effects of papaya extract in a laboratory setting. They used papaya leaf on ten different types of cancer cells (including breast, liver, cervix, lung, and pancreas) for 24 hours. Tumor growth was slowed, and larger doses had stronger effects. Scientists from the University of Illinois believe that papaya's high lycopene levels...
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Papaya: What It Can Do!

Papaya: What It Can Do!

The Magic of Carica papayaYears ago, I was aware that papaya fruit (pawpaw) was good for digestive problems, and helped with diabetes and its complications.  Then I became aware of papaya leaf as a skin healing herb when I was working as a nurse in Australia. Over those years, pawpaw ointment became widely used for skin problems. It was even recommended by doctors.  As were papaya leaf capsules. More recently, when I was in Thailand, I saw Dengue Fever successfully treated with papaya leaf juice. (The juice itself tastes horrible; tea is better). This was so exciting! Most people take months to recover from Dengue - if they recover. But the Thai people recover in days. Searching for the reason for papaya beating Dengue Fever, I found research that shows that papaya leaf greatly increases white blood cell count, and platelets -  and therefore, immunity, and clotting... amongst many other things. Wow. What potential!Today, the leaves of Carica papaya are being used worldwide...
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