Nutritional and medicinal values of papaya (Carica papaya L.)

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Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is a deliciously sweet tropical fruit with musky undertones and a distinctive pleasant aroma. It was first cultivated in Mexico several centuries ago but is currently being cultivated in most of the tropical countries. Everything in papaya plant such as roots, leaves, peel, latex, flower, fruit and seeds have their nutritional and medicinal significance. Papaya can be used as a food, a cooking aid, and in medicine. Papaya is considered as a low calorie nutrient dense fruit. The fresh fruit is commonly used as a carminative, stomachic, diuretic and antiseptic in many parts of the world. The nutrients and phytochemicals contained in papaya help in digestion, reduce inflammation, support the functioning of cardiovascular, immune and digestive systems and may also help in prevention of colon, lung and prostate cancers. Overall, the papaya can act as a detoxifier, activator of metabolism, rejuvenating the body and in the maintenance of body's homeostasis because it is rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid, and potassium and magnesium as well as fiber. Because of its high vitamin A and carotenoids contents, it can help in preventing the cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Papaya pastes can be used externally as a treatment for skin wounds and burns. This paper discusses the nutritional and medicinal value of papaya (Carica papaya L.) and its relationship to human health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages307-324
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781621001539
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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Carica papaya
Nutritive Value
papayas
Fruit
antiseptics
pantothenic acid
vitamin B complex
diuretics
fruits
cardiovascular system
tropical and subtropical fruits
cataract
Food
nutrients
prostatic neoplasms
lung neoplasms
raw fruit
latex
colorectal neoplasms

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Ali, A., Devarajan, S., Waly, M. I., Essa, M. M., & Rahman, M. S. (2012). Nutritional and medicinal values of papaya (Carica papaya L.). In Natural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention (pp. 307-324). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Nutritional and medicinal values of papaya (Carica papaya L.). / Ali, Amanat; Devarajan, Sankar; Waly, Mostafa I.; Essa, Mohamed M.; Rahman, M. S.

Natural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012. p. 307-324.

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Ali, A, Devarajan, S, Waly, MI, Essa, MM & Rahman, MS 2012, Nutritional and medicinal values of papaya (Carica papaya L.). in Natural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 307-324.
Ali A, Devarajan S, Waly MI, Essa MM, Rahman MS. Nutritional and medicinal values of papaya (Carica papaya L.). In Natural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2012. p. 307-324
Ali, Amanat ; Devarajan, Sankar ; Waly, Mostafa I. ; Essa, Mohamed M. ; Rahman, M. S. / Nutritional and medicinal values of papaya (Carica papaya L.). Natural Products and Their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2012. pp. 307-324
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