HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA / PAWPAW
The pawpaw or papaya is reputed to carry the most health benefits of any fruit and grows in abundance around the Pacific Islands.
With a lot of hidden benefits for skin, health and hair, coupled with its deliciousness, pawpaw now ranks as one of the most beneficial gifts nature has blessed us with.
So what are the health benefits of Pawpaw?
It contains dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. Pawpaw is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes; very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium.
Pawpaw or Papaya is also used in the manufacturing of several cosmetic, skin, and beauty products, as well as certain chewing gums. They are available for consumption throughout the year.
The whole fruit, including the leaves & other parts of the tree, are beneficial to health in several ways.
Papayas are rich in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries. Too much cholesterol build-up can block the arteries, causing a heart attack. But with pawpaw, the building up of the cholesterol in the arteries, is made impossible.
HELPS BOOST IMMUNITY
Amazingly, a single papaya can fulfil more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it great agent of a stronger immune system.
RELIEVES CONSTIPATION & REDUCES MOTION SICKNESS
The presence of folate, vitamin C, and vitamin E in papayas may reduce motion sickness by producing a tonic effect in the stomach and in the intestines. The fiber obtained from the fruit helps to increase bowel movements and improved bowel movements help ease the passage of stool, thereby reducing the effects of constipation.
ANTI CANCER PROPERTIES
Free radicals and oxidative stress are closely related to different types of cancer. Because papayas are rich in antioxidants, the fruit can help protect cells from damage and lower the risk of cancer. A lower cancer risk is also due to papaya's lycopene, which has anti-cancer properties. Lycopene is a carotenoid and natural pigment that gives some vegetables and fruits their color. Additionally, papaya contains the antioxidant beta-carotene. One study found that beta-carotene offers protection from prostate cancer.
Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns. In addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya, including vitamin C and beta-carotene, are also very good at reducing inflammation.
GREAT EYE CARE
Papayas are rich in Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin and lutein, which keep the mucous membranes in the eyes healthy, preventing them from damage.
Also, the Vitamin A in pawpaw helps prevents the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Quick Tips to Enjoy Papayas:
- Pieces of papaya, when soaked with a bit of lemon
- Blend papayas, strawberries, and yogurt for a cold soup treat.
- Add a slice of papaya to a fresh fruit salad and have it as a snack.
- Have a bowl of fresh, ripe papaya along with your breakfast to add calories that you require for the day.