Papaya, also called papaw or pawpaw, scientific name Carica papaya, is a tree of the Caricaceae family that can reach a height of 10 meters. The fruit, which has the same name as the plant, is a very large, orange-colored berry with a sweet and juicy pulp that contains many seeds in the form of black grains. Rich in vitamin C, A and E, but also potassium, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants, papaya fruit helps to fight free radicals and counteracts aging processes. It is useful to restore health and beauty of skin and hair with a revitalizing and an anti-stress activity, supports and boosts immune defenses and has a deep depurative action against toxins. You can use papaya in case of digestive problems, sour stomach, reflux, constipation, fatigue, decreased energy, stress, recurrent respiratory inflammations, but you can also benefit in case of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson. Papaya can be consumed as a fresh fruit but can also be used as a supplement, there are indeed supplements based on the fresh fruit of fermented papaya, this preparation brings considerable amounts of antioxidants and the benefits of the fruit are enhanced, in this case the dosage is from one to three sachets a day for long periods. Alternatively, you can use mother tincture, 30 drops three times a day, or syrup, from one to three tablespoons per day. Pay attention in case of pregnancy, as the unripe fruit contains papain that can cause uterine contractions, ask your doctor if you are taking anticoagulant drugs in order to avoid any interactions. Also be aware in case of any allergies. Finally, one last interesting information, this time on papaya leaves. In fact, a study of a few years ago, 2010, and published on Journal of Ethnopharmacology by a team of the University of Tokyo, Japan, showed that the papaya leaf extract is able to inhibit the growth of tumor cells and stimulate an anti-tumor effect. This opens the way for further studies about a possible future papaya leaf extract treatment to counteract some diseases that affect humans like cancer.