Papaya: Health Benefits, Uses, and Risks

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Papaya, an orange colored, soft fruit is a power house of nutrients. Hence it is known as one of the super foods.

It is known for its sweet taste, fragrance and deliciousness. It is a very healthy fruit. Some of its major benefits are:
✓ Papaya promotes digestion. Its helps in the breakdown and assimilation of food. Nutrients can easily absorbed by the tissues.
✓ Papaya promotes weight loss. It helps in converting nutrients into glucose instead of fat.
✓ Papaya helps in regulating menstruation. Women suffering from irregular menstruation, or skipped periods have found papaya helpful and efficient in regulation of menstruation.
✓ Papaya prevents infection. It helps keep the body immunity intact.
✓ Papaya is the only fruit that helps in providing relief during tooth ache.
✓ It has anti-cancer properties that prevent the formation of malignant cells in the body.
✓ It helps to keep your skin fresh and glowing. It prevents the formation of pimples and acne. It prevents scarring and wrinkle formation.
✓ Papaya improves heart health. It prevents the clotting of blood in arteries and veins. It improves over all circulation of blood.
✓ Papaya is known for its anti-inflammatory effects.
✓ Macular degeneration is prevented by the ingestion of papaya frequently.
✓ It is one of the most effective natural remedies for constipation and indigestion. It improves bowel movement.
✓ Papaya is a good precaution for people who are prone to arthritis. It relieves joint pain and prevents it from recurring.
✓ Papaya improves the overall immunity of the body.

Other than all these above health benefits, papaya contains a large quantity of Vitamin C, which is a strong anti-oxidant. It also helps in quick healing of wounds. It reduces the risk of cancer. It also has a calming effect on people who are prone to stress and have high stress levels.
It is the best remedy to fight off the common cold and cough. It is also a store house of the Vitamin A. Some of the minerals found in this golden fruit are: iron, phosphorous, potassium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and calcium. It is also said to help improve vision.
Papaya is also a rich source of beta carotene (the component that gives it the orange color), cryptoxanthin and lutein.
Papaya also helps in renewing muscle tissues. It contains the protein required for this process to take place. Papaya also activates arginine production and release. It plays a major role in the building of bones (even rebuilding), skin, hair, muscles, and liver cells. It promotes over all rejuvenation.
Papaya is edible in many forms – ripe and unripe as well. It can be eaten raw, milkshake, smoothie, etc. It is recommended to be taken at lease thrice on a weekly basis. This will promote the overall health of the individual.
It is good to introduce this super food to young kids so that they develop a liking to this sweet and super healthy super food.

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