Papaya extract is derived from the popular fruit called papaya, pawpaw or melon tree. The scientific name is Carica papaya. Papaya is a native plant of the Caribbean, Mexico and Australia. It is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The papaya fruit and papaya extract have a variety of uses and benefits.
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.