Health Benefits of Papaya
o Vitamin A : 1,750 I.U
o Vitamin B : Thiamine 0.03 mg.
o Riboflavin : 0.04 mg.
o Niacin : 0.3 mg.
o Vitamin C : 56 mg.
o Also contains Vitamin E and K.
o Calcium : 20 mg.
o Iron : 0.3 mg.
o Phosphorus: 16 mg.
o Potassium : 470 mg.
FAT : 0.1 gm.
CAROHYDRATES : 10gm.
PROTEIN : 0.6gm.
CALORIES : 39
1. Heart disease :
Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.
are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a very good source of
vitamin E and beta-carotene, three very powerful antioxidants.
nutrients help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Only when
cholesterol becomes oxidised is it able to stick to and build up in
blood vessel walls, forming dangerous plaques that can eventually cause
heart attacks or strokes.
2. High cholesterol :
Papayas are also a very good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.
folic acid found in papayas is needed for the conversion of a substance
called homocysteine into benign amino acids. If unconverted,
homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and is considered a
significant risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.
3. Cancer :
Papaya's fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells.
addition, papaya's folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have
each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. These
nutrients provide synergistic protection for colon cells from free
radical damage to their DNA.
Increasing your intake of these nutrients by enjoying papaya is an especially good idea for individuals at risk of colon cancer.
4. Inflammation :
The enzymes contained in papaya have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns.
addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya are also very good
at reducing inflammation. This may explain why people with diseases that
are worsened by inflammation, such as asthma, osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis, find that the severity of their condition is
reduced when they get more of these nutrients.
July 2004 study indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as papaya,
provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a
form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints. The findings,
presented in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases were drawn from a
study of more than 20,000 subjects who kept diet diaries and were
arthritis-free when the study began.
consumed the lowest amounts of vitamin C-rich foods were more than three
times more likely to develop arthritis than those who consumed the
The fiber found in papayas may also help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
addition, vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the
beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper function of a
healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice
for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds and
experts have regarded papain as a remedy for
. It is a good medicine for dysentery, hyper-acidity, dyspepsia and constipation.
are removed by rubbing the white pulp of raw papaya on the face. It brings
to the face and removes
The ripe fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.
studies indicate that this food taken alone for two or three days has a
highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach and intestines.
juice of the papaya aids in relieving infections of the colon and has a
tendency to break down pus and mucus reached by the juice.
help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue (ripe
papaya). Papaya’s fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the
colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells. In addition,
papaya’s folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been
associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
Prevents nausea (includes morning sickness and motion sickness).
seeds are antihelmintic, for expelling worms and they are given with
honey. Chew and swallow two teaspoonfuls of seeds after each principal
meal (three times a day).