Papaya Power

I will admit that papaya is not on my list of favorite fruits. The smell alone is enough to send me running for the hills. But I am often reminded by its ardent fans that not only is it incredibly tasty but teeming with beneficial properties. And they’re right. Here are just a few reasons why it might not be so bad to integrate this in your daily fruit dosage.

Diabetes Friendly

It is sweet to taste but don’t let that deter you. Papaya actually has a low sugar content making it a healthy choice for diabetics. It’s also effective for prevention of the disease.

Menstrual Magician

Women rejoice and help yourselves to several servings of papaya. An enzyme called papain aids in regulating the flow of the menstrual cycle and is soothing. That’s reason enough.

Digestion Aid

Again the wonders of this enzyme papain. In tandem with the fibre found in papaya, it helps facilitate digestion as well.

Weight loss wonder

Papaya is a low calorie, low-sugar option which makes it a healthy option. Another plus is that it is very filling, keeping you satisfied until your next meal. And again the fibre helps bowel movement and excretion of toxins.

Keeps cholesterol in check

The combination of vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants found in papaya prevent cholesterol accumulation in the arteries. And we know that clogged arteries are a surefire sign of heart disease.

Forever young

It’s not exactly the same as being cryogenically frozen. In fact it’s definitely different from that. But eating papaya could prolong the aging process. Or at least keep your skin free from those pesky wrinkles thanks to vitamins C and E, as well as beta-carotene.

The eyes have it

Another vitamin papaya is rich in is vitamin A, which is good news for your eyes, as this guards against degenerating vision.

Stress relief

Vitamin C doesn’t just keep colds at bay. A study conducted by the University of Alabama showed a 200 mg dose of vitamin C to regulate the stress hormones in rats.

Provides immunity

And now that we have mentioned it, all this vitamin C does keep your immune system running like clockwork. One papaya provides in excess of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Skin so soft

Did you know that there are external benefits to papaya? To keep skin moisturized blend or mash some ripe papaya and apply to face for 15 minutes. Wash off and pat dry for great results.