Sep 15, 2014: Papaya is an amazing fruit that should definitely be included in your meal plan. Papaya tastes great and it is perfect for people who are trying to lose weight. The sweet, juicy orange flesh of the papaya is rich in vitamins and nutrients that give this tropical fruit wonderful healing powers and make it a perfect snack anytime.
Best reasons to eat Papaya:
1. Helps to balance intestinal flora
Antibiotics can be very harmful for your body and they can destroy beneficial bacteria within your intestines. Papaya juice helps replenish good intestinal bacteria killed off by the antibiotics. So, during and after antibiotic treatment, try to consume a lot of papaya or drink papaya juice.
2. Reduces nausea
Papayas are a great source of enzymes that aid digestion and balance out your stomach acid. This fruit can also help reduce nausea, including morning sickness. If you are looking for a natural way to reduce nausea, consider eating a few slices of papaya. Hopefully, this will help you.
3. Helps to reduce inflammation
Papaya contains chymopapin and papain, two wonderful protein-digesting enzymes, and it’s also high in Vitamin A, C and carotene. All these help protect against rheumatoid arthritis, as well as reduce inflammation.
4. Helps to fight cancer
One of papaya’s enzymes, papain, is being studied as a possible relief for cancer therapy side effects, including difficulty swallowing and mouth sores after chemotherapy. Eating papaya also improves the immune system and help fight cancer.
5. Good for your eyes
As I mentioned above, papaya is high in Vitamin A and beta carotene, which are great for protecting your eyesight from degenerating and can even improve your vision. I like to drink papaya juice and I often add several slices of this fruit to my smoothies. You can also add it to your fruit salad and reap all the health benefits papaya has.
6. Helps to lower your stress levels
The study has found that Vitamin C helps regulate the flow of stress hormones, thus reduce stress. Papaya is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it’s a great snack for those hard, stressful days. I usually have some tasty papayas to relax after a long, hard day at work.
7. Helps to relieve menstrual cramps
To get rid of that annoying pain from menstrual cramps, add one papaya leaf, tamarind and salt to a glass of water and boil it. Although this mixture is not delicious, after you drink it, you will feel much better.
8. Helps to prevent blood clots
If you take birth control pills or if you are a smoker, you have a higher risk of getting blood clots. Consuming papayas can help you prevent developing of blood clots, but I suggest you to quit smoking first. Nevertheless, papaya contains fibrin that aids in preventing blood clotting.
9. Helps in treatment of sore heels
This fruit can also treat your sore heels. You have to just rub your feet with mashed papaya and then rinse off with warm water.
There are many health benefits of eating papayas. So every person should add this fruit to his/her daily routine except pregnant ladies. This fruit is not meant for them.