The papaya does not get the credit
it deserves. When you think of eating
a piece of fruit you probably think
of a banana, apple, grapes or an orange.
All of these are wonderful fruits,
but most of them don't have all of
benefits of eating a papaya. In the
tropics, where Papaya is grown, it
is referred to as the "medicine tree" or "melon
of health". Papaya's are filled with
nutrients. In fact, a single serving
of papaya has 150 percent of your daily
allowance of Vitamin C, one of the
most effective antioxidants in blocking
LDL oxidation. It's also associated
with high levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Papayas are a great source of beta-carotene,
an important antioxidant that helps
fight free radicals, the beginning
of disease. Papayas also supply about
2 percent of your RDA for iron, and
4 percent of your daily calcium allowance.
It's also an excellent source of Vitamin
A, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Potassium,
Copper, Phosphorus, Iron and Fiber.
Another wonderful attribute the papaya
has over other fruit is papain. Papain
is found in the unripe fruit as well
as other parts of the plant. Papain
is a powerful protein-digesting enzyme.
Papain's action resembles that of two
well-known digestive enzymes in the
human stomach - pepsin and trypsin.
The papain is a large part of what
makes Papaya a recommended fruit and
juice of practitioners of homeopathic
medicine for people with stomach ailments.
Practitioners believe Papaya helps
treat heartburn, stomach distress,
diarrhea, ulcers and even Montezuma's
revenge. Eaten regularly, it lowers
blood pressure and cholesterol, helps
prevent strokes and fights heart and
bowel disease, while clearing your
complexion. Many also believe by consuming
Papaya on a regular basis you can help
to prevent or help heal from major
illnesses such as cancer, arthritis,
liver disease and celiac disease.
In case you've never seen a Papaya,
here's what to look for. The Tropical
varieties, most common in U.S. supermarkets,
(Kamiya, Solo, Sunrise, Sunset, Vista
Solo and Waimanalo) have a reddish-yellow,
pear-shaped fruit about six inches
long and one to two pounds in
weight. The flesh of the Tropical variety
is bright orange or pinkish, depending
on variety, with small black seeds
in the center. The Mexican varieties
(Mexican Red and Mexican Yellow) are
much larger- 15 inches long and up
to 10 pounds. Papayas are grown all
the world in semitropical zones. The
tree grows from seed to approximately
20 feet in height in less than 18 months
with the fruit growing in clusters
at the top. The Tropical variety has
a more intense flavor (sweet,
juicy and somewhat like a cantaloupe
in flavor) than the Mexican. The seeds
are usually discarded but can be eaten
and are similar in flavor to black
Healthmate Papaya Concentrates are
made from the Tropical variety Papaya.
They contain only natural ingredients,
have no fat, or cholesterol and are
low in calories. The Creamed Papaya
is a pure Tropical papaya puree. The Papaya Nectar
Concentrate is sweetened with flavorful fruit juices
and unrefined natural sugar, but NO
white grape juice.