Overview

Papaya is a plant. Various parts of the plant, such as the leaves, fruit, seed, flower, and root, are used to make medicine.

Papaya is taken by mouth for cancer, diabetes, a viral infection called human papilloma virus (HPV), dengue fever, and other conditions. But there is little scientific evidence to support its use.

Papaya contains a chemical called papain, which is commonly used as a meat tenderizer.

How does it work ?

Papaya contains a chemical called papain. Papain breaks down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. That's why it works as a meat tenderizer. However, papain is changed by digestive juices, so there is some question about whether it could be effective as a medicine when taken by mouth.

Papaya also contains a chemical called carpain. Carpain seems to be able to kill certain parasites, and it might affect the central nervous system.

Papaya also seems to have antibacterial, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-stimulating effects.

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