Papaya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Aug 2017 11:18:15


 

Papaya, a previously exotic and rare fruit, is now available at most times of the year. Papaya is extremely rich in Vitamin C has a wide range of health benefits making it a great fruit option to include in your diet. Here are some of the top health benefits of papaya.

Lowers cholesterol
Papaya is rich in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent cholesterol build up in your arteries. Too much cholesterol build-up can lead to several heart diseases including heart attack and hypertension.
Helps in weight loss
Those looking to lose weight must include papaya in their diet as it is very low in calories. The fibre content in papaya leaves you feeling full and also clears your bowel movement making your weight loss regime easier.
Boosts your immunity
Your immunity system acts as a shield against various infections that can make you really sick. A single papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it great for your immunity.
Good for diabetics
Papaya is an excellent food option for diabetics as it has a low-sugar content even though it is sweet to taste. Also, people who don’t have diabetes can eat papaya to prevent it from happening.
Great for your eyes
Papaya is rich in Vitamin A which helps protect your vision from degenerating. Nobody wants to lose their ability to see due to diseases like age-related macular degeneration, and eating papayas will ensure that you do not see a day where you cannot see.
Carotenoids present in papaya are more than those present in other vitamin A rich foods like tomatoes and carrots. Papaya is rich in flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein, which keep the mucus membranes in the eyes healthy, preventing them from damage.
Protects against arthritis
Arthritis can be a really debilitating disease and people who have it may find their quality of life reduced significantly. Eating papayas are good for your bones as they have anti-inflammatory properties along with Vitamin C which helps in keeping various forms of arthritis at bay. A study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that people who consumed foods low in Vitamin C were three times more likely to have arthritis than those who didn’t.
Improves digestion
In today’s times, it is near impossible to avoid eating foods that are bad for your digestive system. Often we find ourselves eating junk food or restaurant food prepared in excessive quantities of oil. Eating a papaya daily can make up for such occasional mistakes, as it has a digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps improve your digestion and can also be used as a meat tenderiser. It is also rich in fibre and water, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and healthy digestion.
Treats Piles
Having papayas on a regular basis will soothe the swollen blood vessels in that area, offering relief from those painful hemorrhoids.
Helps ease menstrual pain
Women who are experiencing menstrual pain should help themselves to several servings of papaya, as an enzyme called papain helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual periods.
Prevents ageing
All of us would love to stay young forever, but no one in this world has managed to do it. Still, healthy habits like eating a papaya daily will prolong the process and may make you look 5 years younger than you are. Papaya is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps prevent your skin from free radical damage keeping wrinkles and other signs of ageing at bay.
Prevents cancer
Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids that prevent your cells from undergoing free radical damage. Some studies have also linked the consumption papaya to reduced risk of colon and prostate cancer.
Helps reduce stress
After working hard for the whole day, it is a good idea to come home to a plate a papayas. The wonder fruit is rich in several nutrients like Vitamin C which can keep you free from stress.
A Word Of Caution
Though there are plenty of benefits of eating papaya, listed below are a few points you should keep in mind before consuming papayas:
Papaya is considered to be safe when consumed in moderate amounts. Consuming large amounts of it can damage esophagus .
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid consuming excessive papaya. Papaya contains unprocessed papain and high latex content that may poison the fetus, stimulate contractions, or cause congenital disabilities.
Papaya can also cause allergic reactions in some people, which might due to papain or the latex.
Diabetics and hypoglycemics should avoid consuming fermented papaya as it can reduce blood sugar.
Those using anti-blood clotting medication should consult their doctor before having papaya as it may interact with those medicines.
Avoid consuming the black seeds of papaya as they contain traces of an enzyme carpine – a potentially toxic substance. Its overconsumption can cause paralysis or cardiac depression.
Now you know how to eat papaya in a healthy way. Add papaya to your diet, and enjoy all it has to offer. This easily available fruit can do wonders for you.