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What are the health benefits of Papaya?

Pawpaw

The pawpaw, also known as papaya, is a fruit that grows in abundance throughout the Pacific Islands and is said to have the most health advantages of any fruit.

Pawpaw currently ranks as one of the most beneficial gifts nature has gifted us with, thanks to its many hidden advantages for skin, health, and hair, as well as its taste.

Here is a list of the health benefits of eating pawpaw

1. Treatment of Dengue fever

The juice of pawpaw leaves is widely recognized as a natural treatment for dengue fever, which is quite common in the Pacific Islands. The leaves contain a combination of nutrients and organic compounds that aid in platelet production. Papaya leaves are also abundant in vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. You can also boil the leaf of pawpaw to extract the juice or crush and press (extract) the juice from the crushed leaves.

The dengue virus causes dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical illness. A high temperature, headache, vomiting, muscular and joint aches, and a distinctive skin rash.


Pawpaw

2. Papaya lowers cholesterol

Papayas are high in fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidants, all of which help to keep cholesterol buildup from forming in the arteries. A heart attack can be caused by much build-up of cholesterol in the arteries. Pawpaw, on the other hand, prevents cholesterol from accumulating in the arteries.

3. Papaya helps to boost immunity

Single papaya may provide more than 200 per cent of your daily Vitamin C needs, making it an excellent agent for boosting your immune system.

4. Papaya is rich in Antioxidant

Pawpaw is rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes. Pawpaw contains vitamin C, A, E, dietary fibre, folate, and small quantities of iron, calcium, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine. It's also used in a variety of cosmetics, skincare, and beauty items, as well as certain chewing gums. Pawpaws are available all year.

5. Reduces motion sickness and relieves constipation. 

Folate, vitamin C, and vitamin E, contained in Papaya may help to reduce motion sickness because they have a tonic effect on the stomach and intestines. The fibre in the fruit helps to enhance bowel movements and helps to reduce constipation.

6. Papaya contains anti-cancer properties.

Different kinds of cancer are linked to free radicals and oxidative stress. Pawpaws are high in antioxidants, they can protect cells from harm and reduce cancer risk. Antioxidant beta-carotene is found in pawpaw. Beta-carotene has been shown to protect against prostate cancer in research.

7. Papaya reduces inflammation.

Papain and chymopapain are two distinct protein-digesting enzymes found in papaya. These enzymes have been found to aid in the reduction of inflammation, improve healing from burn wounds. Papaya's antioxidant nutrients vitamin C and beta-carotene, are effective at reducing inflammation.

8. Papaya helps in maintaining good eyesight.
Papayas are high in Vitamin A and flavonoids such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, and lutein, which help to protect the mucous membranes of the eyes from injury. Vitamin A, in pawpaw, helps to prevent age-related macular degeneration.

9. Papaya seeds are edible and contain micronutrients.
Papaya seeds are high in several micronutrients. They're particularly high in polyphenols and flavonoids, two antioxidant compounds that might help you stay healthy.


Tips for eating Papaya/Pawpaw
1. You can peel and eat pawpaw fresh.
2. You can fry pawpaw in low heat with little or no oil before consuming.
3. You can dissolve salt in water and rub it on your pawpaw before consuming it.
4. Make a salad and add pawpaw to your salad.
5. Slice pawpaw and deep in lemon juice before consuming.
6. Eating pawpaw and groundnut together is very healthy especially for those looking to lose weight.
7. Socking pawpaw in liquid milk for few minutes before eating it.
8. Making smoothies with pawpaw.

Have you seen a Papaya tree before? Here is what a papaya tree looks like
Pawpaw

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