Pawpaw or papaya is a fruit which grows in tropical parts of the whole world. Coming with different shapes, pulp ranges from white to orange colour, pawpaw is enjoyed for the great taste. Research is showing that the health benefits of paw paw may be even greater than its delicious taste.
1. Lowers cholesterol
Papaya is rich in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent cholesterol build up in your arteries. Too much cholesterol build-up can lead to several heart diseases including heart attack and hypertension.
2. Helps in weight loss
Paw paw is a satisfying fruit for people trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight as it is very low in calories. The fibre content in papaya leaves you feeling full and also clears your bowel movement making your weight loss regime easier.
3. Boosts your immunity
Your immunity system acts as a shield against various infections that can make you really sick. A single papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it great for your immunity.
4. Good for diabetics
Papaya is an excellent food option for diabetics as it has a low-sugar content even though it is sweet to taste. Also, people who don’t have diabetes can eat papaya to prevent it from happening.
5. Great for your eyes
Papaya is rich in Vitamin A which helps protect your vision from degenerating. Nobody wants to lose their ability to see due to diseases like age-related macular degeneration, and eating papayas will ensure that you do not see a day where you cannot see. Consuming paw paw leaf tea can also prevent you from having cataracts.
6. Protects against arthritis
Eating papayas are good for your bones as they have anti-inflammatory properties along with Vitamin C which helps in keeping various forms of arthritis at bay. A study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that people who consumed foods low in Vitamin C were three times more likely to have arthritis than those who didn’t.
7. Improves digestion
Eating a papaya daily can make up for such occasional mistakes, as it has a digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps improve your digestive health. Paw paw leaves also contain a lot of papain, protease enzymes, and amylase enzymes which helps with acid reflux.
8. Eases menstrual pain
Papain found in pawpaw helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual periods. For some girls nowadays, when it comes to their menstruation period, they will feel unnecessary cramps and pain. To relieve this pain, take 6 paw paw leaves and put it in a liter of water. Then boil them for about 15 minutes. You can mix it with any juice to make it taste good or you can mix it with tamarind and salt. Drink this three times a day.
9. Prevents signs of ageing
Papaya is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps prevent your skin from free radical damage keeping wrinkles and other signs of ageing at bay. It also contains more than 50 different amino acids such as threonine, glutamate acid, glycine, alanine, proline, and more. These agents also can be found in your expensive cosmetic ingredients (so why spend so much when you are spend close to nothing?).
10. Prevents cancer
Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids that prevent your cells from undergoing free radical damage. Concentrated in its leaf extract, paw paw leaf contain some certain enzymes which have the dramatic ability to fight cancer. The acetogenin contained in paw paw leaf can be anti-cancer cells. Therefore, paw paw leaf is very recommended for chemotherapy because it can reduce chemotherapy side effect and increase the immune system’s response to cancer.
11. Helps reduce stress
After working hard for the whole day, it is a good idea to come home to a plate a papayas. The wonder fruit is rich in several nutrients like Vitamin C which can keep you free from stress. According to a study conducted in University of Alabama, found that 200 mg of Vitamin C can help regulate the flow of stress hormones in rats.
12. Skin and Hair Care
Karpain can eliminate microorganism such as fungi, worms, parasites, even bacteria from your skin. Besides being a cleanser agent, paw paw leaves also can protect your skin from pimples, freckles, blemishes and act as a cure for eczema, help in healing open wounds and sores, and soften the hardened skin on your feet. It makes the hair shine, soft and strong. Karpain has great ability to get rid of dandruff, dirt and oil.
I will be bringing to you several recipes using pawpaw and I hope this helps you to be enthusiastic about adding some papaya to your diet.