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Papaya fruit is effective in killing cancer cells

Experimental research shows that Lycopene contained in papaya juice has the effect of inhibiting the growth of breast and liver cancer cells. Papaya leaves are also used as a medicine.

Papaya is a common food, familiar to Vietnamese people. Papaya fruit is used when green as a vegetable (as a salad, stir-fried, cooked, stewed) or eaten cooked as a fruit. Papaya fruit is easy to buy, very delicious, but not many people know the use of papaya fruit and leaves.

The scientific name of the papaya is Carica papaya, a herbaceous plant belonging to the papaya family. The origin of papaya is southern Mexico, eastern Central America and northern South America. Currently, this plant occurs commonly in tropical climates such as Brazil, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Vietnam. Besides the fruit, papaya leaf juice is also considered a remedy to treat many diseases.

According to information from K Hospital Clinical Nutrition Center, the raw papaya flesh contains 88% water, 11% carbohydrates, negligible fat and protein. 100 g of papaya provides 43 kcal, 75% of vitamin C needs, 10% of daily vitamin E and folate needs.

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Papaya fruit exudes pus when unripe, which can cause irritation and allergic reactions in some people. In papaya fruit, the enzyme papain (which helps break down protein) has many effects related to inhibiting bacteria, reducing swelling after surgery and destroying the protein film surrounding cancer cells to support the body. destroy cancer cells.

Experimental studies show that Lycopene contained in papaya juice has the effect of inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells and Liver Cancer.

In addition to the fruit, papaya leaves are also used for cooking in some places, many people also use papaya leaves as a medicine. Papaya leaves contain a small amount of protein, lipid, carbohydrates, in addition to fiber, betacarotene, some vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, K). Papaya leaves also contain a number of biological substances that have antioxidant effects, reduce fever (flavonoids, comaurins), anti-cancer (cyanogenic glycosides), anti-diabetic (quinones).

Papaya leaves are also being studied for their effects and effects on diseases. A study with dried papaya leaf extracts showed that they inhibited the growth of some tumor cells, enhanced cytotoxicity against cancer cells, and regulated genes associated with cancer. related to anti-tumor.

In summary, papaya fruit has many nutritional values, so it should be used in the diet of healthy people and patients. Papaya leaves offer benefits, but there are also risks of harm, moreover drug-herb interactions can occur between papaya leaves and some types of diabetes treatment and some anti-inflammatory drugs. born.

Therefore, do not arbitrarily use juice from natural papaya leaves for the treatment of diseases without the recommendation of medical staff.

Phuong Le

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