The gift of Mexicans to the world, Papaya or papita is a native of Central America. Christopher Columbus nicknamed it as ‘Fruit of the angel’ owing to its heavenly taste and out of the world aroma.
Papaya is loaded with several nutrients such as vitamin A, E, C & folic acid which make it beneficial for our health. It is easily available in the market throughout the year. Here are some of the health benefits that the fruit has to offer:
1 . Lowers Cholesterol
Papaya is rich in vitamin C, which prevents the accumulation of cholesterol in arteries. Vitamin C is an excellent reducing agent therefore blocks the oxidation of cholesterol. The oxidation leads to cholesterol deposition in arteries. High cholesterol is linked to higher risks of heart attack. Eat combination of papaya and oatmeal in the morning for a healthy breakfast.
2 . Improves Digestion
The fruit contains an enzyme called Papain, which facilitates protein breakdown in the stomach allowing proper absorption of nutrients. Eating papaya after a meal will keep your tummy fit and fine as it prevents bloating and indigestion.
3 . Helps In Weight Loss
To lose the extra kilos, the digestive system must function properly and this is where Papaya proves to be beneficial. As stated above the digestive properties of the fruit makes it an excellent fat burner. You can have Papaya Smoothie for your breakfast. Just mix mashed papaya with milk and drink. Add some fruits to the shake to make it yummy.
4 . Delays Ageing
This attribute of Papaya might have forced Columbus to name it as Fruit of the Angel. Eating half a papaya daily delays the aging process. The antioxidant beta-carotene present in it plays the role of anti-aging agent. To bring a glow on your skin you can use the papaya- honey mask. Mash half a papaya and mix it with 4 spoons of honey to make a paste. Now apply this on your face and neck and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Finally rinse it with cold water.
5 . Boosts Immunity
Since it is rich in Vitamin C, it is an excellent immunity booster. A medium sized papaya contains more than 100% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C. So, it’s a must have fruit for those suffering from fever or flu.
6 . Improves Vision
Papaya being rich in carotenoids, the fruit is excellent eye insurance. Carotenoids, help against age related eye disease such as macular degeneration- a condition that causes blindness. Try to eat at least 3 or more servings of papaya to reap maximum benefits.
7 . Fights Cancer
Red fleshed papayas contain high dose of Lycopene, an anti oxidant that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. One cup of it contains over 2500 micrograms of Lycopene . So, have a cup of red fleshed papayas every day to fight cancer.
Too much of anything is bad. Avoid eating raw papaya in large quantity as it may cause pain in the intestine. So, grab a bowl of this delicious and healthy fruit and say yes to good health. Eat Healthy, Stay Happy!