Papaya – Fruit of the angels
It is no wonder that papaya is referred to as the ‘fruit of the angels’ owing to the delicious sweet taste with butter-like consistency. Not just the taste, papaya is an excellent source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids, vitamin B, folate, minerals, potassium, copper, magnesium and fibre. The fruit promotes good health and has abundant health benefits. (image source:Getty)
Aids in weight loss
Papaya is low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of fibre. It revs metabolism, digests fats and assimilates carbohydrates in your body to help you lose weight.
A good source of fibre, papaya, has been known to lower high cholesterol levels by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol. The presence of vitamins and antioxidants in it offers protection against health risks associated with high cholesterol such as heart diseases.
Alleviates PMS symptoms
Papaya helps to prevent or lessen PMS symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness. Eating two servings of the fruit in a day can greatly reduce the discomfort. Besides, papaya leaves work as cure for menstrual pain.
Papaya is rich in antioxidants and contains rich supply of vitamins A, C, and E; these are nutrients needed for the proper functioning of the immune system.
Papaya contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants for your body. Antioxidants such as beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin are essential for curing cancer. Moreover, papaya controls the production of oxygen-free radicals that can cause harm to the body and health.
Improves digestive health
Papaya has a tonic effect on the stomach and intestines. The fruit contains the digestive enzyme papain that aids in digestion. Moreover, it is a rich source of fibre which helps to prevent constipation. Also, papaya seeds aid in expelling intestinal worms.
Papaya can help you prevent signs of ageing and make you look 5 years younger. The presence of vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants such as beta-carotene helps to prevent your skin from free radical damage, prevent wrinkles and keep other ageing signs at bay.
Protects your eyesight and vision
Eat papaya to keep your eyes healthy and improve vision. Studies have found that the fruit lowers the primary cause of vision-loss in older adults.
Papaya is sweet, but great for diabetics, nevertheless. Those who have borderline diabetes can eat papaya to prevent it from getting worse further.