Passersby at the supermarket usually ignore the humble papaya. Little do they know that by avoiding this fruit, they’re missing  out  on a piece of their salvation. If you’re struggling with any kind of stomach or intestinal disorder, papayas cannot be beat.

Papaya is the number-one fruit for digestibility. Each papaya contains more than 500 powerful digestive enzymes that support the pancreas, aid digestion, and mend the walls of the intestinal tract, reducing inflammation and preventing scar tissue from forming there.

PRIMARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Potassium
NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS and NOTES Papain more concentrated when fruit is unripe
FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS Used for treating dysentery, indigestion, mucus excesses, and the pain of rheumatism

  • under ripe papaya and its seeds are rich in the digestive enzyme papain, which helps digest protein, break down deposits on the teeth, resolve mucus, and has strong vermicidal action capable of destroying most intestinal worms including tapeworm
  • papain helps digestion (meat tenderizer) can treat indigestion, allergies, chronic diarrhoea, hay fever, sports injuries and other causes of trauma

Papaya also contains carpaine, a compound providing anti-tumor activity.

CHINESE MEDICINE Neutral thermal nature; sweet-and-bitter flavor; tonifies the stomach; acts as a digestive aid; moistens the lungs and alleviates coughing.
  • Its worm-destroying capacity is bolstered by removing the skin and soaking in cider vinegar for one day. Then eat eight ounces of this pickled papaya and drink two ounces of the vinegar solution daily for four days
  • Another vermicidal remedy: eat one tablespoon of the seeds, or drink one cup of tea made by steeping them, each day for seven days.
RDA Papaya % RDA
Nutrient Unit per 100g
Water g 88.06
Energy kcal 43
Protein g 0.47
Total lipid (fat) g 0.26
Carbohydrate, by difference g 10.82
Fiber, total dietary g 1.7
Sugars, total g 7.82
Calcium, Ca mg 1000 20 2.0%
Iron, Fe mg 8 0.25 3.1%
Magnesium, Mg mg 420 21 5.0%
Phosphorus, P mg 700 10 1.4%
Potassium, K mg 470 182 38.7%
Sodium, Na mg 8
Zinc, Zn mg 11 0.08 0.7%
Copper, Cu mg 0.9 0.045 5.0%
Manganese, Mn mg 2.3 0.04 1.7%
Selenium, Se µg 55 0.6 1.1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 90 60.9 67.7%
Thiamin mg 1.2 0.023 1.9%
Riboflavin mg 1.3 0.027 2.1%
Niacin mg 16 0.357 2.2%
Pantothenic acid mg 5 0.191 3.8%
Vitamin B-6 mg 1.7 0.038 2.2%
Folate, total µg 400 37 9.3%
Choline, total mg 6.1
Betaine mg
Vitamin B-12 µg 2.4 0 0.0%
Vitamin A, IU IU 5000 950 19.0%
Vitamin E, total mg 15 0.3 2.0%
Vitamin D IU 600 0 0.0%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 120 2.6 2.2%

The Recommended Dietary Amount (RDA) is based upon recommendations for a 40 year old very active man that I have adapted from USDA’s Dietary Intake Recommendations: Using this link you can make your own calculationsNotes:

Adapted from:

Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

USDA food database:

Other information sources:

Online database of the World’s Healthiest Foods:

Online nutrient breakdown of foods:

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