Papaya is a delicious fruit available the whole year. It has an orange flesh and black seeds. The fruit contains an enzyme called papain. This enzyme helps in digesting protein. The unripe papaya has high amount of this enzyme. Fresh papaya contains nutrients like folate, magnesium, copper and potassium. It contains Vitamin C and A. Papaya has antioxidants, pantothenic acid and fiber. The fruit improves cardiovascular health. It protects the body from colon cancer. It helps in treating allergy and sports injuries. It helps in treating heart disease, burns, asthma, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol and trauma. The fruit is very good for immune system. Some health benefits of papaya are as follows.