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PAPAYA
(Carica papaya)

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PAPAYA (Carica papaya)

Papaya

DESCRIPTION: Papaya is native to the tropics of America. A large, tree-like plant, with a single stem growing from 5 to 10 m (16 to 33 ft) tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Papaya is used in the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal tract disorders and intestinal parasite infections. It is also used for nerve pains (neuralgia) and elephantoid growths. Elephantoid growths are large swollen areas of the body that are symptoms of a rare disorder of the lymphatic system caused by parasitic worms.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Very toxic and not for internal consumption. May also cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased heart rate, hallucinations, and heart problems in some people.

PARTS USED: Fruit for consumption, leaves used for medicine

GENERAL USAGE: Reduces the risk of gall bladder and colorectal cancers, reduces blood sugar levels, aids in the relief of stomach and intestinal problems, and treats parasitic infections. Papaya is also a sedative and a diuretic. Can be ingested by mouth daily.

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