Subject: Papaya.... to halt CANCER
Papaya was the only studied food found to halt breast cancer
Scientists studied 14 plant foods commonly consumed in Mexico to
determine their ability to halt breast cancer cell growth. These
included avocado, black sapote, fuava, mango, prickly pear cactus
(nopal), pineapple, grapes, tomato, and papaya. They also evaluated
beta-carotene, total plant phenolics, and gallic acid contents and
antioxidant capacity. They found that only papaya had a significant
effect on stopping breast cancer cell growth. (International Journal of
Food Science and Nutrition, May)
Papaya is a store-house of cancer fighting lycopene
The intense orangey-pink color of papaya means it is chock full of
cancer fighting carotenoids. Not only beta carotene, but lycopene is
found in abundance. The construction of lycopene makes it highly
reactive toward oxygen and free radicals.
Scientists at the University of Illinois think this anti-oxidant
activity contributes to its effectiveness as a cancer fighting agent.
Epidemiological studies have indicated an inverse relationship between
lycopene intake and prostate cancer risk. They showed that oral lycopene
is highly bioavailable, accumulates in prostate tissue, and is
localized in the nucleus of prostate epithelial cells.
In addition to antioxidant activity, other experiments have indicated
that lycopene induces cancer cell death, anti-metastatic activity, and
the up-regulation of protective enzymes. Phase I and II studies have
established the safety of lycopene supplementation. (Cancer Letter,
October 8, 2008)
Prostate cancer was the subject of a study in Australia that looked at
130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospitalized controls. The
scientists found that men who consumed the most lycopene-rich fruits and
vegetables such as papaya were 82% less likely to have prostate cancer.
In this study, green tea also exerted a powerful anti-cancer effect.
When lycopene-rich foods were consumed with green tea, the combination
was even more effective, an outcome the researchers credited to their
synergy. ( Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007)
Isothiocyanates found in papaya restore the cell cycle to eliminate
Organo-sulfur compounds called isothiocyanates are found in papaya. In
animal experiments, isothiocyanates protected against cancers of the
breast, lung, colon pancreas, and prostate, as well as leukemia, and
they have the potential to prevent cancer in humans. Isothiocyanates
have shown themselves capable of inhibiting both the formation and
development of cancer cells through multiple pathways and mechanisms.
(International Journal of Oncology), October, 2008)
Researchers in Japan clarified the mechanisms of action in a type of
isothiocyanate found in papaya known as BITC, that underlies the
relationship between cell cycle regulation and appropriate cell death.
When cancerous cells die on schedule, they are no longer a problem. The
researchers established that BITC exerted cancer cell killing effects
that were greater in the proliferating cells than in the quiescent
cells. Cancer cells that are proliferating are much more dangerous than
cancer cells that are in a state of dormancy. (Forum of Nutrition, 2009)
Enzymes from papaya digest proteins including those that protect tumors
The fruit and other parts of the papaya tree, also known as the paw paw
tree, contain papain and chymopapain, powerful proteolytic enzymes that
facilitate chemical reactions in the body. They promote digestion by
helping to break down proteins from food into amino acids that can be
recombined to produce protein useable by humans. Proteolytic enzymes
protect the body from inflammation and help heal burns. They do a good
job of digesting unwanted scar tissue both on the skin and under its
Research has shown that the physical and mental health of people is
highly dependent on their ability to produce proteins they can use
effectively. However, as people age, they produce less of the enzymes
needed to effectively digest proteins from food and free needed amino
acids. They are left with excessive amounts of undigested protein which
can lead to overgrowth of unwanted bacteria in the intestinal tract, and
a lack of available amino acids.
Eating papaya after a meal promotes digestion, and helps prevent
bloating, gas production, and indigestion. It is quite helpful after
antibiotic use to replenish friendly intestinal bacteria that were the
casualties in the war against the unwanted bacteria. When the intestinal
tract is well populated with friendly bacteria, the immune system is
strengthened, and can better protect against flu and cancer.
Being a proteolytic enzyme, papain is able to destroy intestinal
parasites, which are composed mostly of protein. To rid the body of
intestinal parasites, half a cup of papaya juice can be alternated each
hour for twelve consecutive hours with the same amount of cucumber or
green bean juice.
Papaya contains fibrin, another useful compound not readily found in the
plant kingdom. Fibrin reduces the risk of blood clots and improves the
quality of blood cells, optimizing the ability of blood to flow through
the circulatory system. Fibrin is also important in preventing strokes.
Proteolytic enzymes containing fibrin are a good idea for long plane
rides to minimize the potential of blood clots in the legs. People who
sit at a desk all day might want to use proteolytic enzymes too.
Proteolytic enzymes are able to digest and destroy the defense shields
of viruses, tumors, allergens, yeasts, and various forms of fungus. Once
the shield is destroyed, tumors and invading organisms are extremely
vulnerable and easily taken care of by the immune system.
Undigested proteins can penetrate the gut and wind up in the bloodstream
where they are treated by the immune system as invaders. If too many
undigested proteins are floating around, the immune system becomes
overburdened and unable to attend to the other tasks it was meant to do.
Proteolytic enzymes can digest these rogue proteins, freeing up the
Let's ensure a slice of papaya every day in our diet. Papaya juice will
be great too!
----- FrmDr Yugandhar ...
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