35+ Health Benefits of Papaya

Health Benefits of Papaya

Papaya, botanically called as Carica papaya belongs to the family Caricaceae. ‘Lechosa’ is the term, used for the latex or milky sap released by plant parts of papaya tree. Papaya is a fast growing plant. India is the leading country in papaya fruit production. The origin of papaya cultivation is believed to be in South Mexico and Costa Rica. Papaya is used in the form of fresh fruit, juices, jams, fermented papaya, herbal teas and tablets.

Health Benefits of Papaya

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The below are the listed Health Benefits of Papaya which can be used to get reliefs from day-to-day problems.

Health Benefits of Papaya

  • Richness of papaya fruit in different vitamins, antioxidants, dietary minerals and fiber makes it highly nutritious fruit.
  • Papayas are rich in antioxidants, minerals and fiber. Papain, an enzyme produced from the dried latex, is found in the fruit and other parts of the papaya tree are extracted for its use in dietary supplements.
  • It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, E, K, and C.
  • Good source of dietary minerals potassium, folate, flavonoids, carotene and dietary fiber.
  • It also contains calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin and sodium which make it a good fruit for consumption.
  • Seeds, pulp and skin of the fruit contain various polyphenols. It contains anti-oxidants and a low calorie fruit.
  • Different plant parts like stem, leaves and fruits contain plenty of latex that is rich in papain and chymopapain. However, both the enzymes dissipate with the ripening of fruit.
  • Unripe fruit and young leaves of the papaya contain an alkaloid compound known carpaine.
  • Glycosides sinigrin and caricin are found in the seeds of the papaya fruit.

 

How to Use Papaya in Specific Health Conditions ?

 Helps in Digestion process: Enzymes ‘papain’ and ‘chymopapain’ found in papaya are very useful in digestion of food. Papain enzyme breaks down the proteins from the food into amino acids. Eating papaya regularly prevents bloating and indigestion.

Lowers risk of Atherosclerosis: Papaya is known to prevent cholesterol oxidation because of its high antioxidant content which helps in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (a condition where cholesterol deposits block the blood vessels and prevent blood supply to the heart).

For constipation: Papaya is believed to stimulate the bowels during constipation and be useful in treating inflammatory bowel disorders.

For Joint pains:  Regular consumption of papaya helps in decreasing the severe joint pains in cases like Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

Reduce cholesterol levels: Dietary fiber present in the papaya decreases the cholesterol levels in the blood.

Reduce inflammations: The enzymes present in the papaya fruit act as anti-inflammatory agents and reduce inflammatory diseases like asthma and arthritis. It reduces inflammation, pain and edema.

Reduce Prostate Cancer: It is proved that the medicinal values present in papaya have the capacity to prevent prostate cancer in males. It also reduces the risk of digestive system related cancers.

Develops Immunity: Regular consumption of papaya strengthens the immune system and prevents the frequent occurrence of cold, cough and flu.

Improves Vision: Eating papaya regularly lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) which is the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. Vitamin-A present in papaya helps in improving vision.

Bacterial Destruction: Regular intake of papaya juice reduces colon infections. Papain the enzyme present in papaya can destroy intestinal parasites. Papaya juice replenishes the good intestinal bacteria destroyed by the antibiotics used for treatment of ailments.

There are still lots of Health Benefits of Papaya in treating Cholera, Heart Diseases, Skin Diseases, Nose Bleeding, Insomnia, Blood Disorders, Fits etc.  To read more about them, please check Health Benefits of Papaya – Part II

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