Okay, so today we are going to discuss the health benefits of a very tasty fruit, papaya. It belongs to the family of Caricaceae. It was first cultivated in Mexico and from there spread across the world. It has been named the “Fruit of the Angels” by a great voyager Christopher Columbus. Not only the orange flesh of the fruit beneficial, the seeds, the leaves of the tree and the flowers are also known to possess excellent healing properties and are also really good for the overall well-being of a person.
As in nutrition part, papaya is a very rich fruit. It contains wholesome nutrients required by our body in very good quantity. It contains vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C along with minerals like magnesium, potassium, copper, pantothenic acid in a very good quantity. It is also rich in fiber.
Now, let’s have a look at the health benefits of this bright and exotic tropical fruit.
- Helps Weight Loss
Yes, you read it right a bowl of fresh ripe papaya can actually help you with weight loss. As it contains lots of fiber and a really less amount of calories. A medium sized papaya contains about 120 calories. Now that’s some news.
- Healthy Heart
We all are concerned about the heart health of our loved ones and guess what. Papaya can solve this problem as well. Papaya contains lots of vitamin C which help in removing the cholesterol, which is believed to be the main problem behind the heart diseases like the formation of plaque which blocks the arteries. Papaya also contains a lot of fiber contents, which are helpful reducing the cholesterol level in the body.
- Prevention of Cancer
One of the most dreaded diseases, which is believed to have taken so many lives worldwide. I have seen people die of the disease even the treatment is so traumatic.
A research has been conducted to prove the same, and it has been proven that the growth rate of tumor decreased after being exposed to the papaya leaf extract, a dried papaya leaf extract to be precise. It was also noted in the same study that the molecules are helpful in regulating our immune system.
- Helpful in Treating High Blood Pressure
Hypertension and high blood pressure sufferers are advised to increase their potassium intake. And guess what papaya contains at least 16-20% of our daily intake requirement. It helps to keep the blood pressure under control and also helps in fighting and reducing the risk of hypertension. It has been proven in a study that papaya contains anti-hypersensitive properties. Mind you, it is a really serious disease.
- Helpful in Digestion
It is the protein, which if not digested properly may turn into fat, and many causes, indigestion, arthritis, constipation, high blood pressure etc. papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which helps in breaking down the protein and cleanses the digestive tract at the same time.
- Helpful in Diabetes
If you or any of your loved ones are suffering from this disease, then you must be well aware of all the evil game it plays, I do personally. Papayas are sweet and contain very low sugar content as well as a glycemic index, now that makes papaya a very good food for the people suffering from diabetes, papaya even prevents the development of heart disease in diabetes. So grab a bowl of papaya during breakfast or during the evening as a snack.
- Ease in the Menstrual Cycle
Yes, ladies if you are suffering from irregular periods or menstrual cramps, grab a bowl of papaya. Papaya is known to ease the pain during the periods by regulating and easing the flow as well as regulating the cycle. As papaya is known as the hot food, which produces heat in the body thereby stimulating the estrogen hormone thereby inducing periods. One of the safest and natural methods it is.
However, pregnant women should not consume papaya for the same reason; it may lead to a miscarriage of the baby. Do not and do not consume the raw or semi ripe papaya if you are expecting.
- Good for Eyes
You might have heard that vitamin A is good for eyes, and papaya being a good source of vitamin A helps keep eyes healthy and prevent damage to eyes. Along with vitamin A, papaya also contains a number of good quality flavonoids, namely lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene and cyptoxanthin which helps prevent age related muscular degeneration which creates a lot of problem in vision for old aged people and may even sometimes lead to blindness. But thanks to papaya you can keep all these problems away.
- Builds Immunity
Various research conducted worldwide has proved that papaya is helpful in building as well boosting immunity of a person. Papaya contains antioxidants and 200% of daily requirement of Vitamin C, which is known for boosting immunity. Immunity helps a person in fighting various diseases as well as various infections in a human body. Thus, papaya is what you need to stay away from all sort of diseases.
- Treats Acne
Papaya can also act as a beauty product guess what it helps in removing the stubborn acne off your face. Now, how that helps, simple papaya helps in improving the digestion which h is known to be the root cause of acne plus it contains latex which is known to remove the acne as well as burnt marks off the skin. Or you can apply it as a face mask over for external treatment, for this you can take papaya leaves, dry them and mash them then mix the powder with either honey or water and apply this mask over your clean and dry face wash with warm water after about 20 minutes. You will see the miracle in the first application only.
- Cure for Dengue Fever
We all know how the blood platelets reduce during dengue and that is how papaya is helpful, it helps in boosting the platelets count. Now, how to use the same, for this take few leaves of papaya and extract the juice from it, consume it, and you are good to go.
The most amazing benefit of Papaya that you might not have heard before. Papaya helps to reduce inflammation. It contains certain enzymes like papain and chymopapain, which are known to reduce inflammation in the various parts of the body.
- Skin Care
My maternal grandmother made sure I apply papaya over my skin because it helps in treating the dead skin and gives a glow to the skin I never understood the logic; however it has always worked for me. A good massage of papaya fruit over the skin or the papaya skin helps in removing the dead skin cells and has many healing properties present in it like sunburn or irritated skin. No wonder it is used in so many branded and non-branded cosmetic throughout the world.
- Excellent remedy for Tooth Aches
Apply it directly to the gums and massage with light hands. And see the magic happening in minutes. Next time before visiting a dentist give Papaya a try.
I am going to grab the bowl of papaya, and you go get yours, relish the fruit of the angels with your family and get these infinite benefits.
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