Papaya – The Wonder Food

Papaya is no less than a wonder food for health as it has so many health benefits. It is a very good source of folate. In addition, it is a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper and vitamin K and many more. The best part is that it’s good to consume in both raw and ripe stages. In case of raw papaya, always cook it before consuming, especially during pregnancy. The raw form can be used in salads and salsa sauce and the ripe one can be consumed as is like a fruit. Here are few health benefits of the same…..

-It helps in building a strong immune system.It is rich in Vitamin A and C, and therefore helps the body in developing a strong immune system. Therefore it is also recommended during illness like cold and flu.

-You must have heard that papaya is also an excellent anti ageing product. A regular consumption of it ensures that it vanishes off blemishes and wrinkles from the face. It also helps in maintaining a good health and helps in maintaining a good eye sight, which generally becomes weak in old age.Vitamin C and lycopene in papaya protects the skin and helps in reducing signs of aging. Therefore it is also a main ingredient in anti ageing products.

-Since papaya is low in sugar and glycemic index, therefore it is also a beneficial fruit for diabetic people.

-We end up eating so much fast food and oily food, that over the period of time it blocks our arteries in the form of bad cholesterol which causes heart attack. Papayas are rich in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent cholesterol build up. Therefore it is also good for a healthy heart.

-It has the right amount of fiber and has very less calories, so it’s great for those who want to loose their weight. This will not only help you in keeping a check on your weight in a healthy way, but will also help in keeping the tummy full without having a feeling of starvation.

– It has a digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps in improving digestive health. Papain is also helpful in relieving menstrual pain. It also helps in breaking down protein to help body to digest it better.

-It can also help in reducing cancer risk. Papaya’s cancer-fighting ability appears to be due to its ability to reduce free radicals that contribute to cancer development and progression.

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