The papaya fruit has a variety of uses. It is delicious eaten as a morning fruit or used as a dessert food and can be made into a healthy and refreshing drink. The enzyme, papain, from papaya is an excellent meat tenderizer. Papain is also used in cosmetics as well as chewing gum. In addition to these uses, papaya extract has many other benefits because of its nutritional content, its effects on digestion and other health benefits.
Papaya extract is chock full of dietary fiber, vitamins B1, B2 and B3 as well as vitamins A, K and C. Papaya extract also contains minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. It is also fat free, cholesterol free and has low sodium content. It contains the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both beneficial for age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration.