The Miracle of Papaya for Gut and Digestive Health!

So what is this miraculous fruit and what does it do?

Papayas are pear shaped and can be as long as 20 inches.  Called the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus, this sweet and delicious fruit contains papain which is an enzyme that helps digest proteins.  So if you eat a lot of meat these proteolytic enzymes in papaya are really beneficial to break the protein down. In fact in much commercial use Papain is used to tenderize meat.  So you can imagine what this would do for you. These Proteolytic enzymes will also help with breaking down gluten, and the casein in milk.

Who Shouldn’t eat Papaya?

Both the flesh and the seeds are high in the enzyme papain so if you are pregnant its best to avoid.

For males, if you eat just one teaspoon of Papaya seeds every day for 3 months, it may affect your your sperm production.  This is only temporary, so if you are planing on having children any time soon, dont take Papaya.

So why eat this fruit?

1. Get Rid Of Parasites:

The Seeds of Papaya contain an alkaloid called “Carpaine” that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. Whereas the Papaya Fruit helps metabolize proteins and makes the gastrointestinal tract an extremely hostile place for parasites to live and thrive. Studies have shown that children in Nigeria have got rid of parasites in their gut 75% of the times, by consuming Papaya Seed Juice for 7 days.

2. Aids Good Digestion:

If you are a big meat eater you are putting a strain on your digestive system and the pancreas.  Also if you rush your meals, or overeat you are running the risk of not producing enough digestive enzymes and stomach acid to break down the food, particularly meat.  By the time the food gets to the lower intestine its only partially digested.  Bottom line, its putrefying. Flatulence and bloating occurs.  This undigested protein just sits in the colon causing lots of issues like constipation and for some people with issues like IBS or leaky gut syndrome this is serious.

Proteolytic enzymes (protein digesting enzymes) like the papain enzyme in papaya can really help to break down the meat quickly before it reaches the colon. Its comparable to the enzyme pepsin that we produce in our pancreas.  If you can imagine meat tenderizing – this is what papain does.

Papain works by cleaving the peptide bonds of complex proteins, breaking them down to their individual amino acids, ready for use in the growth and repair of your body.

3. Breaks down gluten and casein:

Many people are affected by gluten and casein in milk.  These proteins can be troublesome particularly if you have digestive issues.  The enzyme papain may also be effective in breaking down the gluten in wheat and the casein in milk.

Papaya’s Window of Opportunity:

Some people suggest that papain and other plant based enzymes would be destroyed in the hydrochloric acid of the stomach and see no value in them. However, other nutritional experts believe that while papain may be rendered inactive with high levels of stomach acid, at least some would continue working again once it passes through to the alkaline environment of the small intestine. Aside from these varying views, there is often a period, estimated at around half an hour to an hour, between when food is first eaten and when large amounts of hydrochloric acid is produced. During this time, salivary enzymes and any plant-based enzymes in the food (or taken with it) begin the process of digestion. In this window of time the addition of papain into a meal can greatly increase protein breakdown.

How to Eat Papaya Easily:

Check out this great Papaya Smoothie Recipe to really help with Digestive issues:

Eating Papaya Seeds:

You can also eat Papaya seeds raw.  They taste a bit peppery and somewhat bitter but remember they create havoc for worms and parasites so its worth it! If you really cant bear the flavor grind them or crush in salad dressings, add to milk or eat with honey.  Scrape them out of the fruit and whats left over can be refrigerated or frozen.  Only chew on one or two papaya seeds a day for a week to get your body used to them.  Eat with a protein meal.

Work your way up to a larger amount. Over the second week, gradually work up to 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml), then to 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml), and finally to a full 1 tsp (5 ml) daily.  To read more about this go here


The benefits of Papaya just cant be ignored when you want to deal with any digestion problems.  If you are finding it challenging to find the fruit, or do the daily routine of eating these there are natural supplements that have papaya. You will not be disappointed.  Getting your gut and digestive health balanced and working as it should will change your life!

Sources: http://superfoodprofiles.com/papaya-enzymes-digestion