Papaya Benefits and Side Effects

Papaya Benefits

Papaya is a great source for three important vitamins, A, C and E, with potential antioxidant action. Apart from this, it is also rich in minerals like magnesium, potassium, and B complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid and folate. It also contains tons of fruit fibre. The enzyme papain found in papaya is effective in increasing intestinal motility and transit time and is also utilized in the treatment of traumas, allergies and sports lesions. 

Apart from being a super fruit, papaya is also said to have various medical benefits. Some of those health benefits are mentioned below:

Papaya for Ulcer

Papaya leaves are said to be beneficial in relieving gastric ulcers because of their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Papaya leaves activate glutathione peroxidase which stabilizes free radicals. 

Papaya for Skin

Papaya has several skin benefits that can improve the health and hygiene of the skin. Crushed papaya leaves can be used to make homemade face masks which can benefit against pimples, acne, and many other skin problems. Papaya can also fight skin disorders like eczema because of its anti-inflammatory properties. 

Papaya for Dengue

Dengue virus is transmitted through the bites of the Aedes mosquito. The enzyme chymopapain and papain which are present in the leaves of papaya stimulate thrombocytes or platelets and relieve symptoms of fever. 

Side Effects of Papaya

Side Effects of Papaya

Papaya is enriched with tons of health benefits but every good comes with a price. There are side effects of consuming papaya and its related parts so it is important to keep track of them. Some of the possible side effects are listed below:

When Consumed

Papaya juice or leaf extract when taken orally can include side effects like nausea and vomiting. Unripe papaya contains latex which if taken in large quantities might damage the oesophagus. 

When Applied to the Skin

Applying riped papaya fruit on the skin is safe in almost all circumstances but using unripe papaya fruit can cause severe irritation and allergic reactions in some people. 

Papaya During Pregnancy

Consuming unripe papaya fruit during the months of pregnancy is not advised as there is certain evidence stating that unprocessed papain can poison the fetus or cause birth defects. 


Synthetic drugs used to be the first option for the treatment of several diseases. However, because of the adverse effects of drugs, studies aiming at the use of alternative therapies in the treatment and prevention of diseases have increased considerably. 

Disclaimer: The information provided is based on information gathering. It is for general information and is not meant to substitute any medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider for any health-related concerns.


Dr. Deepa Kadam

Dr. Deepa has over 25 years of experience making her one of the notable medical professionals in the field of Ayurveda with expertise in Ayurvedic pharmacology.