It looks like a mango when cut and sliced but it isn’t and doesn’t taste like one. Although mango is known as the king of all the fruits, but papaya has a lot more benefits than mango does. It is also known as papita and contains antioxidant properties, which benefit your internal and external health. Not many people like papaya but one has to make an effort to develop the taste for it. Here are a few reasons why you should eat papaya even if you don’t like it.
1. Improves Digestion
Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which aids in digestion by breaking up the protein molecules. So if you are bloated or constipated, drink a glass of papaya juice to finally be able to go to the rest room.
2. Keeps Cancer at Bay
Papaya contains antioxidants that help in getting rid of the free radicals in our body. This decreases the risk of developing cancerous cells in our body.
3. Good for Diabetics
Diabetes is frustrating especially for those who live to eat. Raw papaya is known to maintain blood sugar level and the bad cholesterol because of the high fiber content. So if you still want to eat something sweet and yet not let it aggravate your sugar level, consume papaya on a daily basis.
4. Skin Cleansing with Papaya
Papaya contains antioxidants, thus cleanses your blood. It gives your skin a natural glow.
5. Immunity Booster
More than anything, papaya has been famous for increasing immunity over the years. Papaya being a great source of vitamin A, B, C and K is an excellent immunity booster. It can be consumed by anyone who has caught cold to recover quicker than usual.
6. Skin Tightening
Papaya is amazing for skin. It helps maintain the proteins of connective tissues, which nourishes the collagens, making our skin look tighter.
7. Eases Arthritis
Papaya is rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium and copper. Regular consumption of papaya ensures that there is enough calcium in your body even for a long run without causing hypercalcemia.
8. Clears Pigmentation
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by excessive production of melanin, scars, breakouts, etc and leaves your skin looking dull. Papaya helps in this case. Just apply papaya juice on your skin with the help of cotton and rinse it off after 15 minutes.
9. Hair Growth with Papaya
Papaya contains folic acid and vitamins that boost hair growth. Thus, eating papaya can make your hair grow faster than usual.
10. Dandruff Control
Dandruff is usually caused by fungal infections and loss of moisture. Papaya contains anti fungal properties that can treat dandruff. All you have to do is massage papaya paste onto your scalp and leave it on for an hour. You will be left with flawless and shiny hair after rinsing and shampooing them.
11. Cardiovascular Health
Bad cholesterol can clog your blood vessels and cause heart attacks. Papayas are rich with vitamin A and C which help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. This decreases the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
12. Heals Wounds
Papaya seeds show antimicrobial properties that help heal the wounds. The seeds can be crushed and applied topically over the wounded area for quick healing.
13. Prevents Macular degeneration
Macular degeneration is common in older people. It is the gradual loss of vision. Papaya has antioxidant properties and contains an antioxidant called zeaxathin, which reduces the risk of macular degeneration.
14. Reduces Inflammation in Lungs
People can develop inflammation in the lungs due to active and passive smoking. Vitamin A in papayas helps prevent this sort of inflammation.
15. Prevents Pus Formation
Papaya has antibacterial properties. Fresh juice of green papaya when applied on the affected area can prevent pus formation.
16. Treats Ringworm
Carotene in Papaya milk is useful in treating ringworm infection. If consumed daily it can treat the fungal infection in no time at all due to the presence of carotene and its anti inflammatory properties.
17. Muscle Strengthening
Papaya milk revitalizes the body by increasing its strength. It is a rich source of protein, thus helps regain muscle strength and renewing the muscle tissues.
18. Essential Amino Acids
Dried papaya helps in the production of arginine in the body. It is an essential amino acid that activates the human growth hormone, which helps in the process of bone growth, muscles, skin and liver cells.
Papaya is rich when it comes to minerals. It contains iron, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. This keeps the conductive system of our body working and the action potentials in order.
20. Treatment for throat disorders (diphtheria)
Papaya juice contains anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe down inflammation of the tonsils, which may be a symptom of diphtheria and other throat problems.
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