The papaya is a tropical fruit high in vitamins C and A, as well as fibre. It contains an enzyme called papain, used to tenderize meat. Papayas have healthy antioxidants called lycopene which has many beneficial effects such as reducing inflammation, improving heart health, reducing the risk of heart disease and has anticancer properties. It has powerful antioxidant effect as it reduces oxidative stress in the elderly and people with prediabetes, mild hypothyroidism and liver disease. Papaya also helps with constipation and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.