Amazing Health Benefits Of Papayas

Papaya (Carica papaya) also known as pawpaw (also spelt papaw) in some places, is a delicious tropical fruit which has a great taste, mouthwatering flavor and great health benefits. Originally from the tropics of America, the taste and its numerous health benefits made it popular in all the continents. Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butterlike consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the fruit of the angels by Christopher Columbus. It grows on sandy, well-drained soil in areas that are provided with enough sunlight and moisture. Its easy to procure, cheap, rich in nutrients and also very filling.

Now, do you know that papaya has so many health benefits? It has medical and nutritional values. For its nutritional values, a medium papaya contains 120 calories, 30g of carbohydrate, 5g of fiber, 18g of sugar and 2g of protien. It holds enzymes, fiber and carbohydrates and its main compound is papain. Papaya is also an appetizer and helps in easy digestion.

Other benefits/uses of papaya/pawpaw include:
- It aids/regulates digestion.
- Increases digestive enzymes.
- Prompts protein assimilation.
- Calms acid reflux.
- Reduces gas and bloating.
- Relieves stomach cramps.
- Helps in removing dead skin cells.
- Helps prevent balding.
- Used to treat sore and cracked heels.
- Used for skin whitening.
- Helps in weight loss.
- Kills intestinal worms.
- Gives relief from toothaches.
- Fights cancer.
- Helps treat sunburn and irritated skin.
- Improves heart health.
- Helps regularize menstrual cycle.
- Used to treat macular degeneration.
- Reduces acne and marks caused by burns.
- Relieves constipation.
- Boosts immune system.
- Revitalizes the human body and helps maintain energy and vitality.
- Encourages renewal of muscle tissue.
- Supports cardiovascular system.
- Helps the digestive system.
- Treatment for skin wounds (using the peel).
- Prevent the formation of cataracts.
- Lower the risk of emphysema in smokers and passive smokers.
- Alleviates inflammation.
- Helps with nausea.
- Eliminates the swelling of the stomach due to wind.
- Cures the disease connected with the spleen and kidney.
- Stops bleeding phlegm, which comes out while coughing. 
- Reduce stress.
- Improve vision and protect sight.
- Prevent blood clots.
- Prevents cold.
- Treat throat disorders.
- Reduces under-eye dark circles.
- Source of antioxidants.
- Impedes progression of type 1 diabetes (using the leaves).
- Lowers sugar level.
- Expels worm.
- Anti inflammatory.
- Cures ulcer and sores.
- Breaks protein down.
- Strengthens immunity.
- Maintains nerves and muscles.
- Assists with respiratory issues.
- Cures cancer.
- Prevent heartburn.
- Increase platelet count.
- Reduce skin problems.
- The antioxidants in papaya control premature aging which gives you a younger look.

Health benefits of papaya for babies: 
Even babies need to stay healthy. Its important for you to note that feeding your kids papaya is a very healthy thing to do. You can feed them whole or make fruit drinks or smoothies for them.

Here are the benefits of papayas to your babies:
- Increases blood count.
- Good source of vitamin C and folate.
- Natural laxative.
- Improves digestion.
- Strengthens muscles.
- Good for bones.
- Brain development.
- Controls skin ulcers.
- Anthelmintio properties.
- Good for eyesight due to vitamin A. 

Alright, knowing the amazing health benefits of papayas and why you should include them in your diet, here's a tip on how to buy a good papaya:

1. Look for a lot of red and yellow colors on the green skin. 
2. Squeeze the papaya gently. It should give in a little if it is ripe
3. Smell the fruit at the base. You should be able to smell a genuine papaya scent.

However, it may interest you to know that a raw, ripe or too ripen papaya all have its own benefits. But for now, as a regular diet I recommend you stick with the ripe one.

Up next, I'll be showing you some medicinal benefits of papaya and how you can use its parts (seed, flesh, peel, leaves) for medical purposes!
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