Papaya is packed with a host of vital nutrients, making it a great addition to your diet. Available throughout the year, this fruit can be easily added to salads, smoothies and daily snacks. Also, it is known for its medicinal properties, which not only include the fruit, but also the leaves, seeds and flowers.
A medium sized papaya contains approximately 120 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 2 grams of protein. It contains an enzyme papain, which is believed to have medicinal properties. It is also a rich source of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12 and flavonoids. Papaya is enriched with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and copper that play a key roles in various metabolic functions in our body.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA
The papaya plant has been extensively used as a homeopathic remedy for treatment of various digestive disorders and also for prevention of lifestyle disorders such as obesity, heart diseases, diabetes and other skin related ailments.
1 . Relief From Digestive Disorders
The enzyme papain is responsible for most benefits derived from the papaya fruit. It helps in digestion and is used for relief of liver and digestive disorders as well as dyspepsia( acidity). It is also an excellent remedy for the initial stages of jaundice, where there is lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting.
2 . Protection Against Heart Disease
Papayas are packed with anti-oxidants like Vitamins A and C, which help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. This reduces the chances of having heart diseases and diabetes over long term. Being a good source of fibre, papaya helps reduce cholesterol levels.
3 . Prevention of Cancer
Papaya leaf extract reduces the risk of colon cancer by binding to cancer causing toxins. A Japanese study showed that a higher intake of this fruit reduced the occurrence of colon cancer.
4 . To Boost Immunity
Being rich in Vitamins A and C, papaya helps the immune system to function optimally, and serves as a great choice especially in individuals who are prone to recurrent infections such as cold, cough, etc. The presence of carotene and beta-carotene in papaya helps cut down the risk for asthma.
5 . Treatment of Dengue and Chikungunya
Studies have proved that papaya leaves help increase low white blood cell and platelet counts significantly in life threatening viral fevers like dengue for which no conventional treatment is available. It is recommended to grind the leaves in to a paste, squeeze the paste to extract the juice and mix one tablespoon of this juice with some jaggery.
So go ahead, add this fruit to your daily diet and reap the amazing homeopathic health benefits that it offers. Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!