13 Benefits of Papaya

Benefits of  Papaya

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Christopher Columbus had called papaya 'the fruit of the angels'
Papaya has a rich history, and has been used for medicinal uses in day to day life for years.

These are some benefits of Papaya:

1) Reduces Fatigue: One cup of Papaya Cubes contain almost 32% of your recommended daily allowance of Riboflavin or Vitamin B2.
Vitamin B-2 helps in the breaking down of macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates, and fat in your body and converts it into energy.
Other B Vitamins like thiamine, niacin, and folate present in Papaya are involved in energy metabolism reactions in your body.
This ensures that you do not feel tired all the time.

2) Prevents Night Blindness: Papayas can help better your eye health which could prevent night blindness.
Flavonoids like beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin keep the membranes of your eyes healthy and prevent damage. Beta Carotene has also been shown to reverse retinal dystrophy which is a progressive disorder of visual function.
Try making Papaya a part of your regular diet for perfect eye health.

3) Good for Your Blood: Papaya is loaded with Folate or Folic Acid which is very important for rapid growth and multiplication of red and white blood cells in your body’s Bone Marrow.
One Cup Papaya has 85.26 mcg of Folic Acid which is about 47% of your Recommended Daily Allowance.
Papaya's super enzyme, papain helps to promote faster digestion, relieve constipation. All of these things help with weight loss.

4) Helps You Fight Cancer: Nutrient-rich foods are known to help protect your body's natural defense. Like many fruits, papaya is rich in antioxidants.
But it's pretty hard to compete with since it's combined with cancer-fighting lycopene and another lesser-known carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin, which has been proven to protect against lung cancer.

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Papaya has been shown to be a potent cancer fighter that is highly effective against hormone-related and other cancers.
It can help to stop the growth of breast cancer cells, halt metastasis, and normalize the cell cycle.
Take papaya extract with green tea daily, It is a natural cancer-resistant. The two can help slow tumor growth and kill cancer cells.

5) Anti-aging Properties: it's time to eat your way to younger-looking skin. Despite what some people think, ditching the Franken foods and consuming antioxidant-rich whole foods will reflect on your skin, inside and out.
And with papaya's abundance of natural alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs, it will help make your skin look brighter, plumper and smoother without the dizzying price tag.
Furthermore, the low sodium quality of papaya means it’s amazing for hydrating your skin and increasing the elasticity and suppleness.

6) Aids in Digestion: Papaya is great for aiding poor digestion.
Its healing powers help take stress off your digestive system helping you metabolize and break down foods faster than ever before!
It is high in fiber and water content that can help stomach ailments and uneasiness.
The presence of Papain also helps strengthen the tissues of your digestive tract which further helps in digestion.
For best results, eat papaya at least an hour before or after your meal.

7) Helps you get rid of Skin Blemishes: Your skin constantly faces the harmful effects of pollution and other atmospheric pollutants.
As you age, your skin’s tone, color, and health increasingly succumb to the onslaught of the elements, and it shows.
Papaya’s enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids have the ability to halt further deterioration, even improving skin health.
So, imperfections and blemishes such as pimples, acne, and brown patches or pigmentations get greatly alleviated by the application of papaya directly on your skin.
Simply apply grated papaya twice a day on the face and leave it for 20-25 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
The results, after a few days, will be nothing short of spectacular.

8) Good for your Joints: As you get older, your joints that have been subject to a great deal of wear and tear all these years may start to become painful.
Papaya is rich in vitamin ‘C’ that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The underlying reason for pain in your joints is joint inflammation and by eating papaya regularly, you could reap the benefits of this fruit by its capability for reducing joint pains.
Studies have shown that those who consume a greater amount of vitamin ‘C’ regularly had a three times lesser chance of developing joint arthritis.
Since papaya is one of the richest sources of vitamin ‘C’ available other than citrus fruits, make sure you indulge in a small bowl full of this fruit regularly to get your hit of vitamin ‘C’.

9) Helps Lower Your Cholesterol: We had mentioned earlier that Papaya is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin ‘C’, and dietary fiber.
All of these are helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in your arteries. It also prevents the formation of cholesterol and several other diseases like strokes, heart attacks and hypertension.
Studies have shown that papaya improves blood cholesterol profiles and bone density.

10) Improves your Immunity: Papayas contain more than 200% of your daily dose of Vitamin ‘C’. Vitamin ‘C’ helps in creating collagen, which in turn helps in connecting bodily tissues.
The deficiency of vitamin ‘C’ leads to several symptoms, such as anemia, weakness, skin problems, and gum disease.
Therefore, it is good to have a bowl of papaya regularly to keep such health problems at bay.

11) Promotes Hair Growth: Apart from keeping your skin healthy, papayas are very effective for maintaining healthy hair.
Their Vitamin ‘A’ is utilized in the production of sebum, a compound that is crucial for keeping your hair smooth, shiny, and moisturized.
External application of papaya extract to the scalp can help you get rid of dandruff as well.
It also helps prevent hair loss, boost hair growth, and strengthen your hair.

12) Good for Diabetes: Papaya can be an amazing option if you have diabetes since it is low in sugar, with about only about 8 grams in a cup of diced papaya. You should ideally consume it alongside some fat and protein to encourage glycemic response.
Studies have shown that papaya extract can actually slow down the development of type-2 diabetes, where the pancreas completely loses its ability to make and secrete insulin.

13) Improves Your Kidney Health: Papaya is rich in potassium which is a huge supporter of kidney health. It cleans out the toxins deposited in the kidneys and reduces the accumulation of uric acid in the blood.

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