Papaya is a delicious tropical fruit and is liked by people through out the globe. It has orange colored flesh with pink and yellow hues and the seeds are small round and black in color and are also edible. Papaya is a goldmine of nutrients.
Nutrients in Papaya
Papaya is rich in vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and traces of vitamin K and E. It contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin etc. Papaya is a store house for minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium etc.Â It also contains flavonoids, beta carotene and an enzyme called papain.
Health Benefits of Papaya
Papaya consists of enzymes called papain and chymopapain and these enzymes are found to be protein digesting. Papain is used for tenderizing the meat as it helps in digesting the protein. You can use papaya after your meals so that the enzymes present in papaya will help you to digest the food properly.
1.Â Â Â The enzymes present in papaya along with beta carotene, vitamin C and E are found to reduce the inflammation and thus people having osteoarthritis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis etcÂ get benefited with this fruit.
2.Â Â Â Papaya is found to be highly beneficial for heart diseases as it contains the powerful anti-oxidants called vitamin C, E and A. These vitamins will prevent the oxidation of the cholesterol and so the un-oxidized cholesterol can’t adhere to the blood vessels. Adherence of cholesterol to the blood vessels increases the risk for heart attack and hence papaya will help you to avoid heart attack.
3.Â Â Â The papaya fibers are ideal for preventing colon cancer. This is because these fibers will tie the cancer developing free radicals and will remove them from your colon. Along with fibers beta carotene, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E are also taking part in cancer prevention. Lycopene in papaya also protects you from prostate cancer.
4.Â Â Â Vitamin A and C in papaya are found to fortify the immune system and there by protect you from flu, cold and gives you a good relief from nausea.
5.Â Â Â Vitamin A, B, E and C in papaya are found to be ideal for eye sight and clear vision. These vitamins are also beneficial for rejuvenating the skin.
Eat papaya daily for a healthy life.