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Wednesday 9 September 2015

Health Benefits of Fresh Pawpaw


Papaya or pawpaw  as it is popularly called in Nigeria  is a popular fruit rich in enzymes called papain and chymopapain which helps with digestion particularly it breaks down the proteins from the food we eat into amino acids.  The latest research shows that amino acids are responsible for all what is happening in our organism, basically for what is happening in every chemical reaction as well as our mental and physical health.  As we age, we produce less of the digestive enzymes in our stomach and pancreas, which leads to ineffective digestion of proteins.  We end up with excess amount of undigested protein, which leads to overgrowth of the bad bacteria in our gastrointestinal system and not enough of amino acids to perform all important chemical reactions.  We can say that good quality protein is absolutely essential for our healthy being.  This is where the papaya enzymes can be very beneficial.
Eating pawpaw after a meal makes for better digestion, prevents bloating and chronic indigestion.  It can also lower the inflammation in the body, alleviates the pain and edema caused by sport injuries.  Because of its high antioxidant content, papaya can prevent cholesterol oxidation and can be used in a preventative treatments against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and diabetic heart disease.
After treatment with antibiotics, eating pawpaw fruit replenishes the good intestinal bacteria, which was destroyed by the antibiotic treatment.

Apart from Papains, papaya is also a rich source of  antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin  C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and  pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber.

 EFFECTIVE AGAINST RING-WORMS AND OTHER INFLAMMATIONS.  The use of raw papaya helps you treating the ring-worms as well. You just need to rub some slices of raw papaya on the ringworm patches and see reduced inflammation.. Papaya helps the skin by reducing the aging  signs on the face.

IMPROVES SIGHT:  Another of the most important papaya health benefit is that can help improve sight. Consuming 3 or more servings per day may keep your eyesight normal, along with improving and lowering the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
BOOST IMMUNITY: Papaya also helps in boosting the immunity
system of our body. The presence of Beta- carotene in papaya is required for the proper
functioning and boosting of the immune system.
HELPS FIGHTS INFECTIONS:  Papaya also prevents the body from
recurrent ear infections, cold and flu.
HEART FRIENDLY: Papaya also provides protection against  heart diseases. As it is rich in nutrients too, it  helps in preventing the oxidation of bad cholesterol.
BENEFICIAL FOR HYPERTENSION:  Papaya acts as an antidote for hypertension.  This is one of the most popular health benefits of papaya. The rich amount of potassium in papaya helps in keeping the blood pressure in check along with improving the mental alertness.
.If one suffers from respiratory disorders like cough, bronchitis and breathlessness, then
papaya can be helpful as it contains latex which is useful in the respiratory disorders
HEALING OF WOUNDS:  Papaya is effective for healing of both internal and external wounds such as skin and stomach ulcers.
LOW SODIUM: The best feature of papaya is its ‘Low Sodium Quality’ thus resulting in very little retention of water. In simple words it means, it helps you keep your skin hydrated.
SOURCE OF CAROTENE: Papaya is actually a wholesome fruit as it contains more Carotene when compared to other fruits like apple, custard apple, guava and plantains. Not being an expensive fruit, papaya is a common man’s fruit which is beneficial in many ways. . Raw papaya on the face for 25 minutes helps reduce those unwanted pimples and other embarrassing blemishes on the face.
GOOD FOR RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS:. If one suffers from respiratory disorders like
cough, bronchitis and breathlessness, then papaya can be helpful as it contains latex which is useful in the respiratory disorder.

Boosts the immune system
Encourages the renewal of muscle tissue
Increases quality of proteins in the body
Alleviates inflammation
Helps with nausea and constipation
Can benefit people suffering colon cancer and other forms of cancers and ailments of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems.
Helps with the digestive system, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.
Revitalize the human body and maintain energy and vitality.
component of many facial creams, and shampoos.

Papaya, which is rich in so many healthy components, is best for skin care as it promises and works to provide you with healthy and glowing skin. 1. Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, this fruit helps in removing dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins.
Both, direct application and eating will help you achieve smooth, supple and soft skin. Regular consumption or application of papaya also provides shine to the skin, which
comes from within and is long lasting. . The mashed papaya can be used for treating sore and cracked heels. Papaya also acts as a natural skin exfoliator. Application of papaya also helps in removing skin discoloration. The peel of papaya can not only be used on
the face, but it can also be used for whitening the legs
Papaya despite being sweet in taste is also good for diabetic patients in small amount especially which it is not too ripped.  Remember also that moderation should always guide you in other to get enjoy the health benefits.

In addition to these, paw paw is high in dietary fibre and rich in important antioxidants. At the same time, paw paw is low in calories and sodium. As if these were not reasons enough for making paw paw a regular part of your diet, the fruit also includes unique ingredients not found or found in limited concentrations in other fruits. Two of these, papain and chymopapain, are enzymes that help break down proteins and convert them into amino acids, making paw paw an excellent digestive aid, reducing bloating and indigestion.
Paw Paw also has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the severity of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and aid in recovery from sports injuries, amongst many other conditions that are caused by or exacerbated by inflammation. These include everything from the common cold to more serious diseases.
Continuing studies also indicate that paw paw and paw paw derived medications also show promise in the relief from side effects of cancer treatments such as mouth ulcers and difficulty in swallowing as well as providing a boost to the immune system.

Paw Paw and Antioxidants

The antioxidants found in paw paw, while not unique to this fruit, are extremely beneficial to health and are believed to be amongst the most important reasons for making fruits and vegetables a large and regular part of your diet. Antioxidants have been shown to scavenge the free radicals that play such an important part in the development of cancer, heart disease and other life threatening diseases that have become so prevalent in modern society, where processed and other unhealthy foods have become such a large part of our diet.

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