Papain is a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the raw fruit of the papaya plant, and it functions similarly to bromelain in pineapple, because it breaks down proteins and is effective for weight loss. Papain is also involved in the production of digestive enzymes, improves the ratio of proteins in cells, and strengthens the heart and blood vessels.
Papaya is a natural remedy for many diseases including atherosclerosis, heart diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also preserves the health of the digestive tract and strengthens the immune system.
It contains the flavonoid β-carotene, which has been proven to protect against lung and oral cancer, while lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin have antioxidant properties and fight free radicals that can lead to premature aging and degenerative diseases.
Papain also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the stomach and thus prevents swelling and fever that can occur after surgery. This enzyme accelerates the digestion of proteins, which alleviates reflux, and is effective in the treatment of ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.