Papaya is not
only a favored fruit by most Filipinos, but is actually a healthful one. In
fact, it contains antioxidants and nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin B,
vitamin C, flavonoids, folate, panthothenic acid, minerals, potasium, magnesium
and fiber. Put together, these nutrients help keep the cardiovascular system
healthy. Also, it may have beneficial effects versus colon cancer as well. Of
course, papaya is also known for aiding the digestion. Indeed, it's a much
better and natural way of promoting bowl movement.
Here are just
some of papaya's healthful benefits:
Papaya is known for protecting the body
against colon cancer. The fiber in the fruit is particularly helpful in carrying
toxins out of the body. The three major antioxidants in papaya (vitamins C and
E; and beta-carotene) also help in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Studies have shown that papaya is helpful
in preventing atherosclerosis and heart disease (the latter, especially for
diabetics). The reason? It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene.
These three have been proven to be very powerful antioxidants. Papaya is also
rich in fiber, and as such helps lower cholesterol levels.
Is papaya good for arthritis? Studies
seem to indicate so. The enzymes found in it like papain and chymopapain seem to
have a beneficial effect in helping lower inflammation (as well as heal burns).
People afflicted with astma, osteorthritis and rheumatoid arthritis were
observed to be of improve condition as soon as they increased their papaya
A healthy immune system seems to be one
of the benefits of increased papaya consumption. As such, people who frequently
experience having colds, flu and other infections will do well if they make this
fruit a part of their daily diet. The reason why of course, is the fact that
papaya has three powerful antioxidants.
Being rich in beta-carotene (like
carrots), papaya is good for the eyes. Consuming papaya may also reduce the risk
of vision loss for adults. This is good news for diabetics who are at great risk
of losing their eyesight.
So eat papaya!
It's a healthful fruit.