I believe the use of the wonderful Papaya fruit is beneficial in so many ways. I just returned from a trip to Central America and like so many who travel...had some digestion issues. Papaya to the rescue. I also notice that when I eat Papaya I sleep better.
I even eat a few of the peppery black seeds which is believed to resist parasites.
Here's a blend I made last night. SO GOOD:
One half large papaya, one quarter ripe cantaloupe, one pear, five drops stevia, quarter cup of Almond milk and a few cubes of ice...blend: You get a beautiful and really delicious (mild) cool drink packed with enzymes.
Slept a long and peaceful night. Here in South Carolina the grocery store Publix carries Papaya.
I'm conducting some experiments using Papaya...the whole fruit and not just the pepsin enzyme pills. I'm hoping some folks read this who might also experiment with Papaya and see if they find what has impressed me.
First, I've noticed that eating Papaya (about five level teaspoons per serving) helps me sleep. I'd often wake up at 2 or 3 am, not with reflux but just "awake" and then had a hard time going back to sleep. After taking a "serving" of papaya late in the evening I noticed that my sleep patterns had changed and I usually sleep all or most all night. Also my dreams are a bit more vivid. I had not read about such an effect in reading about Papaya. (Attributable to better digestion?)
Second; of course Papaya contains the enzyme "pepsin" and that helps with digestion. I had also noticed that I could eat items that previously were taboo, such as milk products in any significant quantity, which caused me reflux. Same with coffee. I noticed that the negative effect from too much coffee is much diminished if I have two servings of Papaya daily. (A serving I'm calling five teaspoons.)
Next and third I notice I am "calmer" all the time. I rarely "feel" angst ... tensions that previously might trigger a sense of frustration. After years of fighting internal outbursts, as I've aged I have been pleased that those tensions have lessened in intensity but after being on regular servings of Papaya (perhaps 10 servings a week) unless I'm fooling myself, it seems I really am more relaxed. Even more than I have been which I attributed to just getting older.
I've experimented by eating various foods that were sure to cause reflux and when I do I eat a night cap of a serving of Papaya, no reflux.
Now to confuse things a bit, I have also been consuming WITH the fruit of the Papaya, the little black Papaya seeds. The seeds are peppery and provide an interesting "taste offset" to the mild soothing fruit. I have read in a number of places that the seeds provide an anti-pathogen effect (especially anti parasitic). I consume about 20 percent of the seeds with the fruit.
We are told in the Book of Genesis that God gave us the seeds for food also, and so when I eat fruit, if the seeds are edible I'll eat them too. So, in keeping with that admonition, I don't leave out the seeds of the Papaya. I first got used to the seeds by eating with a spoonful of the fruit, just a few seeds. "Wow, " I thought; "Those seeds will get your attention." But some folks may not be able to tolerate the seeds because they are "strong" tasting. I'd also like feedback from those who only eat the fruit.
Finally, as I've been regularly eating Papaya, it seems the foods that are gas producing, are less problematic.
Now, I know that the enzyme pepsin is acting as a digestive aid, but what is of great interest to me is that many other issues seem to be at work.
I'd certainly appreciate anyone else using Papaya and reporting back to the EC community to confirm or correct any of my impressions AND any other observations of Papaya usage.
I love Papaya mixed with Mango in a smoothie, by the way. And when I splurge, I'll mash up four tablespoons of Papaya in a bowl of vanilla ice cream. The mild Papaya does not overpower the flavor of the ice cream. Whereas, other fruits are rather strong and tend to "take over" the accompanying taste. There is such a wonderful refreshing mildness to Papaya.
By the way, again; I use either the small Papaya or the large ones. Both are effective.
Dave: Thanks for the excellent explanation that encouraged me to try the remedy. I feel better. All us ordinary folk here in Rocky Mountain High think you are an enlightened knowledgeable wise man.
Hello Mama to Many;
Re Papaya and Ice Cream...
I'd forgotten about Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream!!! That most certainly will be added to the list. So far, with the CCMIC, I've got seven to test.
Wow. This is hard work.
Dave: Papaya make my desiccated liver taste better.
To Mike 62;
Re Desiccated Liver plus Papaya...
Mike...you just a star!
Wow...who would have thunk...Desiccated Liver- and Papaya making it taste better!
The only way to improve even that would be to make it into an ice cream.
We'd call it....
"Mike 62 Desiccated Liver Papaya Ice Cream Explosion"...
But hold on...before I rev up on the marketing campaign...you operate off very strict dietary rules if I recall. Does ice cream fit within those bounds? Maybe we use Almond Milk.
Dave: I am not a perfectionist. I don't eat perfectly all the time. You could try Mike's mountain mush. Three of the ingredients are dairy. Mix papaya, non denatured whey, colostrum, and sour cream together. This would taste like yogurt because of the sour cream.
Mike from Denver
What is dessicated Liver? I don't eat red meat .. don't like the taste of it.
So you eat 80 percent raw ... I try that but its pretty challenging but do the best I can..what do you eat cooked?
Hi Dave...Just to also make clear that I am all for nutrients like papaya and dessicated liver. I've been taking them both for years. I usually take the papaya every morning in a smoothie mixed with other fruits like graviola(paw-paw), mangoes, oranges, grapes -- any fruit that's in season. This provides alot of the vitamins and fibre I need because I don't usually eat enough vegetables in my diet. Papaya clears out all the organic protein debris in the blood and seems to also help regulate my bowel movements every day.
The dessicated liver is also a godsend -- best multivit around -- it contains all the same vits and minerals as spirulina but is in a much more bio-available and cheaper form. Easily bought at any health or muscle shop.
Update on Papaya Experiment;
The Digestive Power of Papaya..
Bronchial "tickling" gone...
I've fought a lactose intolerance condition for over 30 years. If I eat/drink milk products I begin feeling a tickling sensation in my upper lungs area and what follows would be spasmodic coughing. If I eat too much red meat...the same response. It would seem then I developed a lactase (enzyme) insufficiency and a pepsin (enzyme) deficiency.
So I've been experimenting with the fruit Papaya and discovered that somehow if I consume Papaya I have no tickling in the bronchial when I eat the "forbidden" foods. (I'm OK if I eat/drink a "lactose" free milk or ice cream product OR if I take lactase digestive enzymes.
But I've reported to the EC community that I've conducted my own experiments....with me as the Guinea Pig. I have really PUSHED to see how far this phenomenon would work.
As one of EC's guru's...Bill from the Philippines... suggested; something else must be going on because the Papain enzyme in Papaya should only help with Protein metabolism. I agreed and so am amazed at the experiment's results.
This morning, for instance, I took half a Papaya and mixed with two small mangos. Added yogurt AND whole milk cream (whipping cream) and blended. I drank two cups of that marvelous ... lush...delicious concoction (not too sugary) but definitely real trouble for me because of all the "milk" elements.
Waited for the inevitable coughing. Waited for the inevitable tickling deep in upper lungs (bronchial I suppose). NOTHING.
So...I took the remainder of the blend and added MORE cream and made...ice cream. An hour later ... gobbled that up. Still no tickling in lungs.
Now I may have tainted the experiment by adding Mango. But doubt it.
Just a good news update. More later.
I've read that papaya is genetically modified and every GM or genetically engineered (GE) food is changing our DNA. Here is the article on papaya entering from Hawaii to Canada
Monsanto has always maintained, through their own carefully steered research, that Round Up Ready GMO seeds are harmless and that they benefit the world.
In September 2012, research by Gilles-Eric Seralini and his research group in France released their results on the first ever major independent animal study on the health effects of Monsanto's GMO corn + weedkiller in their Round Up range. See here.
in the study, rats were fed Round Up GMO corn throughout their lifespans and it was found that 50% of all male rats and 70% of female rats died prematurely. The rats fed on the GMO diet also suffered high rates of mammary tumours and high rates of severe liver and kidney disease.
Seralini's research was deliberately completed in secrecy in order to reduce the expected interference and flak from Monsanto. He was right to do this.
Since releasing the results of this important independent research, Monsanto has mainly concentrated on trashing Seralini's research and his character by any means possible. His research has also been retracted and pulled from all major research/medical journals at the insistence of Monsanto.
Monsanto's vast Roundup Ready GMO range of products includes corn, canola, wheat, soyabean, beet, cotton, alfalfa, rice and many vegetables. See this link. Therefore you should really assume that virtually all processed food produced in America today, which contain grains or vegetable oils, are now GMO. You should also include other dangerous and similar GMO products produced by the likes of Syngenta, Dupont etc.
If you think organic grains and vegetables are safe then think again. The USDA definition of organic on food labels in America allows for 5% of anything as an additive -- including agri-poisons and GMO. This makes complete sense because most grain/vegetable crops, organic or otherwise, are now being discreetly cross-pollinated with non-organic GMO plants growing in their regions now.
Gilles-Eric Seralini is certainly a brave man. His research career is now likely at an end because of his independent GMO research results -- such is the God-like power and influence of Monsanto throughout the world.
Some research by Seralini on PubMed: