If You Eat Papaya Before – Read This ! – Papaya Benefits – Part 1

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Don’t Overlook the Abundant Healing Nutrients in the Mighty Papaya

Human beings have been enjoying the mildly sweet flesh of papaya fruit since the late 1500s. The papaya is a tropical fruit produced by the Carica tree, which many believe originated in Mexico and Central America. Today, several varieties of papaya are grown throughout the world. It is consider the main fruits of Asia as people understand the papaya benefits to their health.

Papaya is to spot in the produce section of your local grocery because it has a distinct shape and it is a fairly large fruit when compared to mangos, kiwi, and other tropical fruits. A typical Papaya can range in length from 7 to 20 inches, is oblong in shape, and usually weighs about five and one-half pounds.

Skin – Papaya Benefits

The skin of the papaya is thin and not edible, and since papaya comes in several varieties, skin color can vary from dark greenish-orange to greenish-yellow, red-yellow, or yellow-green. The flesh is soft and typically pale orange or yellow, but some have a reddish tint. The texture of the fleshy inside is somewhat like a musk or cantaloupe melon, only slightly softer. The center is filled with little edible black seeds.

While papaya fruit is visually impressive because of its size alone, what is more impressive is its nutrient content and the many health benefits it offers. Papaya provides dietary fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. It is high in carotenes, antioxidants, flavonoids, and low in sodium. It’s also great for weight control because it is very low in calories; only about 39 calories in a 3.5 ounce serving.

Health Benefits of Papaya

Papaya is usually eaten raw, minus its skin and seeds, but the seeds are edible and have a spicy, sharp taste. In some parts of the world, they grind the seeds and use as a black pepper substitute. Papaya seeds are a source of saponins, which have antimicrobial properties, so ingesting them can prevent and eliminate intestinal worms. Unripe papaya can be consumed cooked or raw, and is often used in salads or added to stews and curry dishes.

Papaya Enzyme Benefits

Papaya also contains pectin, so some use it to make jelly. The enzyme, papain, contained in papaya, is known for its ability to break down tough protein fibers, so it’s often added to meat tenderizers. Papain is also extracted to make digestive supplements, which are quite pleasant to chew to soothe digestion, and you can find it as an ingredient in some chewing gum brandsas well. Papain has anti-nausea properties and it is presently being studied to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation like swallowing difficulties and oral lesions.

Papaya Health Benefits

In addition to papain, this big fruit also contains chymopapain, and these two powerful enzymes act together to aid digestion by breaking proteins into amino acids. The papain content alone is highly beneficial as a topically treatment for cuts, stings, burns, and rashes.

Papain and chymopapain also lower inflammation and improve the healing of burns by breaking down the inactive proteins in the skin, which helps to remove dead tissue and speed up healing. They are also used to treat skin conditions, including psoriasis, warts, ringworm, and cold sores. Some use papaya as an ointment to relieve muscle pain, and the phytochemicals in the fruit suppress the effects of progesterone, so some women in third world countries where birth control is not allowed, eat papaya to lessen the possibility of becoming pregnant.

Please read part 2 of the post that provide in-depth of papaya health benefit

Comments

  1. I take one papaya every morning with empty stomach for years now.And my bowel movement is fantastic.I move my bowel 3 times a day with ease. Thanks to papaya. Great post and great article.Keep it up.

    • Nicolenevin says:

      really?  did you have healthy bowel movements BEFORE you started to eat papaya every morning on an empty stomach?  thank you for sharing.

    • Oh,my god.So,the papaya is TRULY working wonders for you? After reading your reply,you’ve motivated me to start ingesting papaya.I think I’ll try the organic papaya juice first,and,if I see my own benefits,I’ll definitely recommend it to others.Thanks for such a positive and motivating reply. :) :) :)

  2. Karina626 says:

    Thats wonderful! Gods fruit truly is miraculous!

  3. dr.sophia abbasi says:

    presently my topic of synopsis is role of papaya leaf in myelosuppression nd i wud like to know tht how u extracted the juice nd how well ur son accepted it nd did u add anything else. 

  4. Thank you for such an incredible and most informative information regarding papaya.

  5. the papaya seeds are great when they are blended to make a great salad dressing. I use oil and vinegar and onion with a bit of sugar and a couple of teaspoons of papaya seeds.

  6. Did you know that the very INEXPENSIVE Papaya Enzymes Chewable Tablets are a better source for treating Acid Reflux? I was having horrible Acid Reflux that was being treated with expensive Zantac (Omeprazole-Generic); only to discover that all Acid Reflux medicines strip the body of much needed Magnesium! Magnesium loss can lead to insomnia, constipation and hurt those who have Fibromyalgia-which I do. So, I ordered some chewable Papaya Emzyme Tablets (I chew after a meal) and I no longer have Acid Reflux! I’m saving hundreds of dollars each year by NOT TAKING ACID REFLUX MEDICATIONS know as Zantac, Nexium, Omeprazole, Prilosec, etc. My doctors didn’t tell me about this…, they just write prescriptions. I did my research on the internet and found this information on the multi-page sheet that comes with one of the bottles of Acid Reflux medication. I will never use either OTC or Prescription Acid Reflux medicine again! Give me a Papaya Enzyme tablet and my Acid Reflux is GONE! My magnesium levels improved when I stopped taking the Acid Reflux medicine.

    You don’t have to spend a lot of money on buying Papaya fruit, you just need to buy a bottle of Papaya Enzyme.

    If you don’t believe me, look it up on the internet.

  7. Are you suggesting that this fruit and it’s seed are not adequate for a woman trying to get pregnant?

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