Fruits are beneficial to the 360 degree well-being of our body and this is no more a secret. And because we know that all you people are concerned about various aspects of beauty and health, we have chosen to break down the health benefits of papaya.
Here are some health benefits of papaya seeds
1. Lowers Cholesterol:
Did you know what vitamins are present in papaya? Vitamin C and A in generous quantity. It also contains large portions of antioxidants which checks the deposition of cholesterol in the arteries. Cholesterol build-up, we all know, can completely block arteries and this could in turn lead to heart attacks. Papaya extracts also reduce triglycerides and lipid in diabetic rats. Hence a regular intake of papaya can naturally keep cholesterol at a bay from you.
2. Weight Loss:
Anyone contemplating weight loss should switch to a diet comprising of loads and loads of papaya given that a medium sized fruit comprises only 120 calories. In addition, the pulpy fruit is packed with a huge quantity of dietary fibre which accelerates weight loss by making you a feel fuller for a longer time and killing cravings.
3. Immunity Booster:
Acting as an immunity booster, papaya works like your shield against numerous infections which lead to serious diseases and sicknesses. The papaya fruit nutrition present in one bowl of papaya caters for above 200% of one’s daily Vitamin C requirement. And we all know Vitamin C is the mantra for immunity.
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4. Good For Diabetics:
Though the fruit has a sweetish flavor, papaya has very less sugar content (8.3 gm in one cup of sliced papaya) and thus has a lower glycemic index. This characteristic makes it an excellent option for the diabetics. The phytonutrients and vitamins in papaya averts the chances of any heart disease in those suffering from diabetes. Eating papaya regularly will prevent development of diabetes, who have a family history in diabetes.
5. Great For Your Eyes:
Papaya is a great source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, cyptoxanthin zeaxanthin, and lutein that maintains the health of the mucus membranes in the eyes and prevents them from any damage. Vitamin A in papaya also checks the growth of macular degeneration that comes with age. Again, the carotenoids found in them are more suitable and absorbable for our body than any other source of vitamin A like carrots and tomatoes.
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6. Protects Against Arthritis:
Arthritis proves to be a real incapacitating disease and patients who suffer from it find the quality of their life significantly reduced. Maintaining papayas in your daily diet will benefit your bones with their anti-inflammatory properties and the Vitamin C helps in keeping other types of arthritis at distance. A study has proved that people who eat foods lacking in Vitamin C suffer from the chances of being attacked by arthritis more than those who had sufficient intake of Vitamin C.
7. Improves Digestion:
Papaya health benefits extend to the improvement of digestion. Our lifestyle forces us to munch on unhealthy food from time to time. Junk food and fried food prepared in excessive amount of oil has found its way into our lives. But eating papaya on a regular basis can negate the ill-effect of such sinful eatings, because papain, its digestive enzyme known and its fibre content will restore your digestive health. Also, a health benefit of papaya seed is that it aids in deworming.
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8. Eases Menstrual Pain:
One never gets used to menstrual pain. But consuming papaya can lower your pain during those difficult days. The enzyme called papain eases the flow of the fluid and soothes the stomachache.
9. Works As Anti-Ageing:
We have tried and tested numerous anti-aging creams to stay young. But did you know that regular consumption of papaya can make you look 5 years younger? Being a rich source of Vitamin C and E and beta-carotene, papaya frees the skin from free radical damage and lessens the formation of wrinkles along with other signs of ageing.
10. Promotes Hair Growth:
Not only does it act as a skin defense, but papaya also aids towards healthy hair. The Vitamin A content in them produces sebum, which is crucial for the smoothness and shine of hair. One can also apply a paste of papaya pulp on the hair an hour before rinsing and the natural moisture in the hair is restored. Eating papaya also works for hair growth and stops hair fall.
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11. Prevents Cancer:
Being a rich source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and flavonoids papaya prevents the cells from facing free radical damage. Also the richness of beta carotene in the yellow fruit protects from colon cancer growth and prostate cancer.
The list of papaya health benefits could have been a never-ending one, but we have our space restraints. But we will do more features on this fruit and tell you why you should devour on this fruit. It is very inexpensive and easily available across India. To make it a tastier, sprinkle a little lemon juice and chat masala. That is a perfect healthy snack.