Papaya is known for its various health benefits and healing properties. It improves our health and well being, reports traditionaloven.com.
Papaya (botanical name Carica Papaya), has oblong shape and normally greenish yellow, yellow or orange colour.
The parts that are used medicinally are fruit, seeds, stems and leaves. Papaya fruit is an excellent source of dietary fibre, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium.
Papaya is rich in enzymes called papain and chymopapain which help with the digestion. It breaks down the proteins from the food we eat into amino acids.
Good quality protein is absolutely essential for our healthy being. This is where the papaya enzymes can be very beneficial.
Eating papaya after a meal makes for better digestion, prevents bloating and chronic indigestion.
It can also lower the inflammation in the body, alleviates the pain and edema caused by sport injuries. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties papaya can relieve the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Because of its high antioxidant content, papaya can prevent cholesterol oxidation and can be use in a preventative treatments against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and diabetic heart disease.
Papaya works magic on strengthening the immune system preventing the recurrent colds and flu. After treatment with antibiotics eating papaya or drinking its juice replenishes the good intestinal bacteria destroyed by the antibiotic treatment.