Sure, papaya is juicy and delicious. But did you know that the health benefits of papaya fruit can transform your health? Read on to learn 4 major papaya benefits—from aiding digestion to brightening skin.
#1 Promotes Proper Digestion
Papaya contains certain enzyme compounds that help the body break down and use proteins properly. The enzyme Papain, in particular, aids in the break down of foods high in protein (Red Meat, Poultry, Casein Protein, Diary, Seafood).
Note: If you struggle with low stomach acid and feel heavy every time you consume red meat or other high protein food sources, try adding papaya or the supplemental enzyme papain into your diet.
Furthermore, eating papaya can also help to prevent or alleviate constipation due to its high fiber content. Fiber adds bulk to the stool and eases its excretion out of the body.
#2 Helps Boost your Immune System
Papayas are a rich source of vitamin C. In fact, they’re almost as concentrated in the immunity-boosting vitamin as oranges. A single cup of papaya contains 88 milligrams of vitamin C. That’s 98 percent of your daily value! (By contrast, the same amount of orange slices contains about 95 milligrams of vitamin C, or 106 percent of your daily value.)
Why does this matter? Vitamin C is a huge support to your immune system. It stimulates the production of antibodies, which gives your immune system a boost and helps fight infection. Vitamin C also supports the body’s natural collagen production and fights off damaging free radicals.
#3 Papaya has Powerful Antioxidant Effects
Along with vitamin C, papaya is high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that keeps your skin and eyes healthy. While carrots and tomatoes are popular produce selections when it comes to beta-carotene, papayas are also an excellent source
In a study published in the British Journal of of Nutrition, researchers report that the carotenoids in papaya are actually more bio-available to humans than those found in carrots and tomatoes.
For even better bio-availability and absorption of beta-carotenes, try pairing papaya with a healthy fat (such as avocado or olive oil).
#3 Magical Exfoliator for Glowing Skin
In addition to its many digestive benefits, papaya also has benefits for the skin when applied topically.
Research has found that papaya has often been used to treat skin ailments because it produces phytochemicals (AKA highly effective and efficient antioxidants), which help to neutralize skin-damaging free radicals.
Additionally, the combination of papain and other fruit enzymes makes it a natural exfoliator. Using papaya in a DIY mask will help remove dead skin cells for more radiant skin and clear pores. The fruit also contains citric and malic acids which are proven ingredients for treating hyperpigmentation.
To try it a papaya mask at home, simply mash up a quarter cup of papaya and add milk or honey to the fruit to create a paste. Apply it to your face and neck and let it sit for 15 to20 minutes, then rinse. Use once a week for best results.
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