Health Benefits of Papaya

Health Benefits of Papaya

By stating the health benefits of papaya, and its abundant nutritional values again and again, by now, I’m sure that hearing its name does not only cling as a tasteful orange-reddish fruit with shiny black seeds usually seen in local markets. Papaya is also a fruit synonymous with good health and nutrition, which can provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  

Papain - Because of papaya’s natural digestive enzymes, papain andchymopapain, papaya (especially the green one) has been proven to boost digestion of foods like protein. Papain heals and prevents stomach ulcers. And when combined with natural fiber, papaya can clean colon and treat gastrointestinal discomfort caused by intestinal parasites, constipation, chronic diarrhea and celiac disease. Papain also prevents bowel cancer and lowers cholesterol levels.  It is a good after meal partner ideal to those who are health and weight conscious.  Containing Potassium, which is proven to help balance fluids in our body, lower blood pressure, and prevent bloating, papain is such a gem. Added to skin beauty products and teeth whitening gels, papain has cosmetic uses as well.

Vitamin C -   Papaya has abundant vitamin C,140 milligrams per cup of mashed papaya, which is more than two hundred percent the DV(daily value) recommended by the FDA.  Vitamin C is suitable for quick healing of wounds, keeping teeth and bones healthy, and has plenty of antioxidants.

Beta-carotene - Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E found in papaya are proven to help in reducing the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (loss of vision.) Vitamin A and carotenoids also keep our vision in good condition, giving us bright a way to see our future clearly.

Antioxidants -. Antioxidants’ main role is to remove free radicals that cause oxidative stress that damage vital organs. Hence, eating papaya can almost guarantee that your life will be free from arthritis, heart disease and cancers.

Folate – This is a member of complex B vitamins, and its role is to help your body convert food into fuel. Folate is also essential for sustaining healthy skin, eyes, hair and liver. Did you know that your nervous system depends on the level of folate to run properly?  Folate is so crucial in the production of red blood cells, boosting brain function and maintaining your emotional and mental health. Fortunately, you can eat papayas to add more folate to your body. A cup of mashed papaya has up to eighty-five micrograms of folate, about twenty-one percent of your daily value.

Seeds - Papaya seeds are bitter to eat when raw, but you can still eat them because of their medicinal properties. Fold medicine literature shows that these seeds are effective cures for amoebas, fungi, parasites and bacteria infections. Dried seeds can serve as condiment when pepper is absent.  Seeds have phytochemicals like glucosinolates and isothiocyanates found mainly in cauliflowers and broccolis. They also contain fatty acids and papaya oil.

Potassium – A medium sized papaya that can be eaten by one person contains 781 milligrams of potassium and 119 calories. A cup of cubed fruit contains fifty-five calories and 360 milligrams of potassium.  As you probably know, potassium controls your blood pressure and prevents bone loss.

Safety Considerations

Remember that approximately 50 percent of Hawaiian papayas are GMO. Try choosing Mexican papayas as they are more locally and naturally grown. Moreover, eating papaya can cause dermatitis in some people, and the protein-digesting enzyme found in papaya may also degrade fats and carbohydrates. It is also possible to have allergic reactions when eating papaya if you have identified allergies against the latex.