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August 10, 2010

Benefits of Papaya

Papaya is a wholesome fruit that is available all year round & should be taken instead of a meal. It has all the essential nutrients, minerals & fibre & vitamin A, C & E. It has a very powerful digestive enzyme called papain which is not present in any other fruit & helps digest proteins. It is not only a delicious fruit to eat but also contains abundant health benefits & medicinal value.

Few benefits to ponder about Papaya:
  • Excellent for growing children.
  • Lowers high cholesterol levels.
  • Prevents recurrent ear infections, colds & flu.
  • Acts as a tonic for heart, liver, brain & blood.
  • Energy giving food & controls premature ageing.
  • Improves healing from burns & reduces inflammation.
  • Very useful in improving poor digestion promoting good health.
  • Provides protection against colon cancer & prevents prostate cancer.
  • Regularly consuming papaya helps to relieve morning sickness & nausea.
  • Contains a high amount of potassium & the flesh of papaya is very high in Vitamin A.
  • Low in calories & high in nutritive value hence it is an excellent food for those on a diet.
  • The skin of papaya is excellent for treating skin wounds & places that do not heal quickly.
  • Ripe papaya, if eaten regularly, cures bleeding, piles, habitual constipation & chronic diarrhoea.
  • Juice of its seeds has the power to destroy round intestinal worms. Its seeds & leaves are useful in treating intestinal worms in the body. 
  • Helps prevent constipation & also aid in digestion. It contains the protein called papain which is a digestive enzyme that helps in natural digestion process. 
  • Very good for those suffering from cold, cough or flu because intake of papaya boosts the immune system. The high concentration of Vitamin A & C contained in papaya is very beneficial to strengthen the immune system.
  • Also very good  for the hair & helps in controlling dandruff. Papaya shampoos are good for the hair & are available in many health stores.
  • Pregnant women should take ripe papaya after sixth month for healthy growth of baby. It is useful for nursing mothers.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties & anti-cancerous properties. These properties in it will help reduce pain for those suffering from arthritis, edema, asthma & osteoporosis. 
  • Raw papaya is helpful in reducing menstrual irregularities for women. It helps to ease the condition by promoting natural flow of menstruation.
  • Mashed papaya used on the face add lustre & makes the skin smooth.
  • Juice of papaya helps in alleviating infections of the colon by clearing away the infection, pus & mucus. Regular consumption will help in improving the problem.
  • Raw papaya juice cures skin disorders & can be applied on pimples.
  • Cleans the stomach. The studies 've shown that papaya alone eaten for 3 to 4 days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach & intestines.
  • In case of throat disorders like tonsils, juice of raw papaya mixed with honey can be applied over affected area.  
When choosing a papaya, look for one that is fairly large, half yellow or more, & slightly soft. It should yield to gentle palm pressure. Avoid papayas that are too soft, or those that 've scars or blemishes.If the skin has no yellow, the papaya will ripen if left at room temperature for a few days. If a papaya is less than half ripe, do not store it in the refrigerator. Cool temperatures shut off the ripening process. A papaya that is one-quarter to one-half ripe should keep for one to two weeks. Completely ripe papayas should be refrigerated and eaten as soon as possible.

All the parts of the papaya fruit are useful & beneficial. Right from the seeds to the papaya leaves & the flesh of the fruit, all of it has some value. Both the inside & the outside of the fruit can be utilized .Thus no part of the fruit is useless or goes as a waste. Thus, if love to eat papaya, it is great because along with savouring the taste you are also ingesting all the benefits associated with eating the fruit, which will result in good health for you. So, go ahead & eat plenty of those papayas!!

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