Many have heard the folksy tune,”Way down yonder in the paw paw patch”, but the paw paw may be on its way out of the patch unless we take it upon ourselves to revive the fruit that is now on an endangered list of foods in the United States, according to Slowfood.org.
The tropicalesque fruit grows wild, usually along river banks, in 26 US states from Florida up to northern New England. Used extensively by Native Americans in past centuries, European settlers eventually used the fruit and even named towns and creeks after the edible. It vanished over time with the American diet and now is used only in rural areas in the southern U.S.. Kentucky State University is currently researching the fruit and investigating ways for better cultivation, orchard management and better understanding of fruit ripening processes.
But what’s amazing about paw paw is that it holds natural compounds that fight the abnormal cells of cancer.
The tropical delicacy, tasting somewhat like a mango, pineapple and banana, can also destroy cells resistant to chemotherapy.
Paw paw holds powerful compounds to kill cells:
Paw paw slows down blood vessel growth near the tumor by blocking energy production in the mitochondria, according to the website Alternativecancer.us.
Paw paw goes after the cells that store the energy and shuts them down.
It will deplete DNA building blocks needed for abnormal cells.
Paw paw works on all cancers if patient is open to alternative cancer treatment. Paw paw should not be used with certain drugs especially thyroid stimulators.
The fruit with a custard like flesh is rich in nutrients. Containing essential fatty acids, it also holds proteins and complex carbohydrates. The fruit ripens in the fall. Rumor has it that Lewis and Clark survived a month on the fruit during their expedition across the west. There has been comparison with paw paw to the graviola fruit, a super food that boasts mega nutrition and preventing diseases. Paw paw, the scietific name being Asimina triloba, is a North American species that is a distant cousin of graviola. Paw paw is known to hold more potency with cancer preventing compounds.
Paw paw capsules are available in health food stores and dosage should be followed as directed. A healthy diet helps the effectiveness of the product and it must be taken with food. Digestive issues have been reported by cancer patients, so it is wise to take under the care of a natural health care practitioner.