Papaya is known as the "fruit of longevity," as its fruit, leaves, seeds, and latex all have healing properties. Dr. Liu Chun, a medical doctor at the University of Tokyo, stated that papaya has various health benefits such as protecting eyesight, anti-oxidation, anti-cancer, and lowering blood pressure.
Papaya belongs to the Caricaceae family and contains antioxidant nutrients such as carotenoids, vitamins C and B, flavonoids, folic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium.
Nutritional Composition and Efficacy Analysis of Papayas
1. CarotenoidsMizuho Tachihara, a nutritionist from Japan, said that carotenoids can be converted into vitamin A according to the body's needs, which can help to maintain eye moisture and protect the retina and cornea, thus preventing dry eyes and night blindness.
2. Folic AcidKeitaro Matsuo, a medical doctor and cancer prevention expert from Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute in Japan, proposed that supplementing folic acid can reduce the risk of colon cancer because it can repair cell genes and inhibit the occurrence of colon polyps and cancer.
3. Magnesium and PotassiumLiu said that magnesium has the effect of lowering blood pressure and improving inflammation and insomnia symptoms. Potassium can regulate the sodium content in the body and improve hypertension symptoms through urination. Potassium can also lower blood pressure.
4. LycopeneIn addition to containing antioxidant carotenes, papaya also contains lycopene, which has an antioxidant effect 100 times stronger than vitamin E and can detoxify free radicals.
5. Vitamin CVitamin C has excellent antioxidant effects. It restores skin elasticity and promotes liver cell regeneration and repair while reducing the risk of arthritis.
- Pregnant women—papaya contains natural latex components that can cause uterine contractions and are unsuitable for pregnant women.
- Latex allergy sufferers.
- Kidney disease patients—especially those undergoing dialysis or those with hyperkalemia should not eat papaya.
- People with excessive stomach acid.