We are all fond of the special flavor of this fruit- papaya is a favorite fruit for many of us. Those who had luck already grow it in their gardens and pick it from there, while others need to purchase it in the supermarket.
Unfortunately, we now live in an age when we have to review everything we buy, the first thing we need to check is the origin of the food we’re about to buy. Papayas are naturally very healthy, but the goodness is somewhat diminished when we buy from an unsustainable source.
One extremely problematic issue is the GMO food. These genetically modified fruits, which have had their genetic-code changed in order to resist viruses and increase production numbers. If you want to avoid a snack full of potentially harmful substances, pay attention to the fruit’s label, since these GMO papayas have been approved for consumption both in the USA and Canada, while Europe is still resisting. Most genetically modified papayas come from Hawaii, where they have been grown since 1999.
Nevertheless, the benefits of a healthy, non GMO papaya are numerous. This article lists most of them below:
- Papaya boosts your immune system. Vitamin A and vitamin C, which both generously occur in papaya flesh, strengthen your immune system and help fight infections.
- Papaya is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B complex, and is rich in magnesium, copper and potassium. Vitamin A and vitamin C are both powerful antioxidants, so the ‘fruit of the angels’, as Christopher Columbus called it, destroys free radicals in the body – which cause many chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Papaya contains unique enzymes that can lower inflammation. Papaya’s protein-digesting enzymes are Chymopapinand papain which are able to help lower the body’s inflammatory reaction. Since rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease that presents as an inflammation of the joints, eating papaya can assist with symptom control. Also, eating papaya, which is loaded with vitamin C, minimizes your chances of developing arthritis in the first place.
- Papaya helps to prevent blood clots.Papaya contains fibrin, which prevents blood coagulation and enables the blood to flow freely. Blood clots can narrow or block blood vessels, or sometimes they can dislodge and travel to the heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke. So, a really nice idea is to put a slice of papaya in your morning cereal or in your breakfast shake. However, you will need to remove other risk factors from your life too, starting with smoking, to prevent blood clotting. Turmeric is also beneficial in the prevention of blood clots when consumed every day.
- Papaya is rich in fiber and promotes digestive health. Your diet should be rich in dietary fiber in order to keep your bowels in a good condition. Papaya has loads, and one serving can satisfy a quarter of your daily recommended intake. Additionally, this fruit does a good job at re-balancing your intestinal flora after an aggressive course of antibiotics. So, if you just underwent antibiotic treatment, make sure to eat some papaya, or drink papaya juice. Papaya is a main ingredient in digestive detoxifying smoothies, since the digestive enzyme papain helps to ease the burden of the complicated process of digestion.
- Papaya has anti-cancer activity. The antioxidants in papaya are praised for effectively fighting cancer. Especially if combined with green tea, papaya reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. It might also prevent cancer in your blood and bone marrow, by stopping the cells from oxidizing. Moreover, the superb papaya enzyme, papain, can help relief side- effects of chemotherapy. It is being studied for its beneficial effects on swallowing and mouth sores. Papaya has been shown to be a good protective measurement against colon cancer. With a little assistance from papaya, colon cells don’t suffer DNA damage, which prevents new, potentially dangerous, growths.
- Papaya lowers your cholesterol levels. Papaya is also beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels. It inhibits the harmful LDL cholesterol and prevents it from sticking onto the walls of blood vessels and causing problems in the circulation that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
- Papaya protects eyesight. Papaya contains beta carotene and vitamin A which improve vision and help to protect sight. A study published in Archives of Ophthalmologyhas pointed out that eating fruit can do a lot to prevent age-related macular degeneration. Three helpings of fruit a day are recommended, and papaya, due to its nutritional content, is a highly suitable candidate.
- It is skin- friendly. You must have noticed that many cosmetic products, such as hair softeners, creams and face masks often contain papaya. This is a result of the many beauty benefits it provides. Papaya’s vitamin E and beta carotene prevent cell damage through their antioxidant activity. Beta carotene smoothies away the wrinkles and makes you look fresh. Vitamin E also supports collagen production, which is the substance that keeps your skin firm and elastic, in other words, young-looking. Try a papaya face mask and let your skin enjoy the magic!
- Eating papaya reduces your stress levels. A papaya snack has its action not only in your stomach, but also in the whole energy in the body. Papaya relaxes you, for vitamin C regulates the flow of stress hormones and can bring you back to your balanced zen-state.
Papaya seeds- benefits and use
Papaya seeds have a distinct, slightly peppery flavor. They can be eaten as they are, or you can sprinkle them over salads and other dishes, just as you would use pumpkin seeds. If you are fond of experiments, try them in smoothies!
Papaya seeds are high in fat and protein, and contain plenty of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They can be easily scooped out when you cut the papaya. So, next time you eat this fruit, think twice before you discard them. Recently, a study proved that participants who were taking honey together with papaya seeds, cleared their stool of parasites in 23 out of 30 cases.
According to Maryland Medical Center and Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical medicine, papaya seeds are great for eliminating of intestinal parasites. Also, papaya seeds are also credited with anti-cancerous properties.
Source: Healthy And Natural World