“A Natural Dietary Supplement for Everyday Use”
Papaya is a tropical climate fruit that is typically picked in a mature green state. This “Green Papaya” is rich in two very important enzymes that break down proteins, Papain and Chymonpapain. As a supplement to one’s regular diet, enzymes facilitate very powerful digestive action. The enzymes are stable in the same range of acidity as the human gastric environment (1.0 to 1.8 pH). Importantly, these enzymes are most concentrated when the fruit is picked green. After picking they dissipate as the fruit ripens and are not found at all in ripe papaya. Therefore, to offer the greatest concentration and benefit of these enzymes, the papayas are picked green, cleaned, dried and processed before the fruit is allowed to ripen.
Carpaine, an alkaloid compound also found in Green Papaya has been reported to have certain antibacterial properties that can inactivate many types of bacteria and parasites. Analysis of dehydrated Green Papaya shows it contains less than 10% moisture, 8% protein (the enzymes described are a form of protein), 70% carbohydrates (pectin and fruit sugar), and 5% crude fiber. Each Green Papaya capsule also contains potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A. Green Papaya capsules are an excellent source of two important digestive enzymes, complex carbohydrates, and select vitamins and minerals all of which can be important in maintaining good health.
SERVING SIZE: 900 MG (2 CAPSULES)
||* MCU = Milk Clotting Unit per gram
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This information is intended for educational and health promoting purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe for, treat, or cure disease, illness or injury. Any interpretation other than that is willful misrepresentation of this information. For adverse health conditions, please consult with a qualified physician, herbalist, Naturopathic Doctor, or other Health Care Practitioner.
GREEN PAPAYA “Nature’s Miracle Enzyme Plant”
Green Papaya (Carica papaya), grows 8 to 12 feet tall in the nutrient rich soils of tropical climates and has a long history of reputed benefits. All parts of the papaya plant - fruit, juice, latex, leaves, seeds, bark and root, have been used for centuries by inhabitants of the tropics with amazing results.
THE SOURCE FOR DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
Green Papaya is one of nature’s most abundant sources of plant enzymes and other important phytonutrients. Papain, the digestive enzyme commonly found in natural food stores, is actually derived from green rather than ripe papayas. While still on the vine, green papaya’s enzyme concentrations increase reaching a maximum when the fruit is full-grown. When left on the vine, key enzymes are used to ripen the fruit giving the yellow or orange tropical delicacy we all know. At the climacteric stage before ripening, the green fruit is carefully harvested to yield an optimal amount of enzymes. A special low-temperature drying process is used before the green fruit is ground into a pale-green, medium-fine powder.
WHY ARE ENZYMES IMPORTANT?
Enzymes are actually the catalytic 'sparks of life' in living beings. They not only digest, transport, and transform nutrients but also literally conduct energy to the cells, tissues, and systems of living organisms. Even taking a simple breath requires enzymatic activity. Many vitamins and minerals are really co-enzymes that assist other enzymes to carry out their functions of life. Such supplements also need enzymes to be metabolized!
Now for the key concepts: Ill health and weakness are often indicated by and a result of low levels of enzymes. According to research conducted in the past thirty years, oral ingestion of enzymes may improve one's health. Simply stated, proper, balanced, abundant enzyme levels in both digestive system and the metabolic system may equate to health and the prevention of illness(1).
A HOLISTIC POWERHOUSE OF ENZYMES
Green papaya's most salient feature is its powerhouse of enzymes. In addition to Papain, green papaya contains Chymonpapain, an even stronger proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme. For many years isolated Papain has been used as a natural digestive aid. As many herbalists already know, ingesting whole herbs like green papaya often provides superior results to isolated single ingredients. Important phytonutrients including arginine, amino acids, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, beta carotene (pro-vitamin A), complex carbohydrates, pectin, fibrin, fiber, carpain and other enzymes are also found in Carica papaya.
WHAT ARE SOME POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF GREEN PAPAYA?
The powerful one-two punch of Chymonpapain and Papain together with the full range of phytonutrients in green papaya deliver a concentrated dietary supplement, covering a pH range of 1.6 - l2. (very acidic to very alkaline). Many digestive supplements work in only certain pH ranges and are inactivated during some phase of digestion. Some phytonutrients may help to restore proper intestinal flora and may have vermifugal, amoebicidal, and antibacterial properties.
As an herb, green papaya is a wonderful source for naturally occurring nutrients. Chymonpapain and Papain may also enhance mucolytic (mucous digesting) properties. Studies have even shown that enzymes may selectively digest hardened, injured, or excessive tissues with little or no invasiveness to healthy tissue and have been used therapeutically for that purpose.(2)
There's strong evidence that raising one's digestive enzyme levels may help to balance some bodily system. Most people consume far too many enzyme-deficient foods (cooked, stored, processed, and preserved) and far too few enzyme-rich foods (fresh, raw). Their digestive and metabolic enzymes become depleted and some systems are overworked. Taking plant-based enzyme supplements like Green Papaya with or between healthful meals may supply additional nutrients. When taken in between meals, enzyme supplementation may result in even faster metabolic enzyme restoration. (3)
WHO CAN USE GREEN PAPAYA?
Anyone, young, old or in between, may consume green papaya as a dietary supplement for its source of enzymes and other nutrients.
HOW IS GREEN PAPAYA USED?
Green Papaya powder has a mildly bitter taste with a hint of sweetness. One or two Green Papaya capsules can be taken with meals or in between meals for possible increased absorption. When first beginning to use green papaya, be sure to drink plenty of purified water. Start slowly with one to two capsules daily with a meal. The quantity can then be gradually increased as desired; or use as directed by your health care practitioner. If discomfort or adverse (cleansing) reactions appear, decrease the quantity used, slow down, or discontinue use.
General References in Alphabetical Order:
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DUKE, James A. Handbook of Enemy Crops, unpublished. 1933.
HULME. A. C. The Biochemistry of Fruits And Their Products, Volume One. Academic Press, New York. Pp. 4, 149, 523.
QUISUMBING. E. Medicinal Plants of the Philippines, Bureau of Print. Manila, Philippines, 1951. Pp. 632-637.
RAMASWAMY. A. S. and SIRSI, M. Antitubercular Activity of Some Chemical Constituents From Higher Plants Ind. J. of Pharmacy. 22(2): 34-35.
THORSON'S EDITORIAL BOARD. The Complete Raw Juice Therapy, THORSON'S/ Harper Collins Publishers. London, England, 1977, ·1989. Pp. 53, 33-89.
TWITCHELL, Paul Herbs: The Magic Healers, 2nd Edition, ECKANKAR, Menlo Park, California, 1971, 1936. Pp. 50, 94-95.
General and Specific References: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This information is intended for educational and health promoting purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, prescribe for, treat, or cure disease, illness, or injury. Any interpretation other than that is willful misrepresentation of this information. For adverse health conditions, please consult with a qualified physician, herbalist, Naturopathic Doctor, or other Health Care Practitioner.
1. LOPEZ, D.A., M.D., WILLIAMS, R. Michael., M.D.. Ph.D.. and MIEHLKE, M., M.D. Enzymes--The Fountain Of Life. The Neville Press, Inc.. Charleston, South Carolina, 1994.
2. MOWREY, Daniel B. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, Keats Publishing. Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut, 1966. Pp. 74-75.
3. SANTILLO, Humbart, B.S., M.H., Food Enzymes-The Missing Link to Radiant Health Hohm Press, Prescott Valley, Arizona, 1967