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Quench Your Thirst With Papaya Juice
Papaya Juice: What's in it?
Papaya juice is known to contain a lot of nutrients which are essential for maintaining good health. It is the juice from the fruit papaya, scientifically called Carica papaya. Papayas are spherical or pear-like in shape that can be as long as 20 inches. Their flesh is a rich orange color with either yellow or pink shades. They have a wonderfully soft, butter-like texture and a deliciously sweet, musky taste that blend well with a variety of dishes and beverages. Papaya juice with milk and sugar, chilled in refrigerator could be so refreshing and delicious
"The Fruit of the Angels", Papaya
Papaya was considered by Christopher Columbus as the "fruit of the angels" probably because of its sweet and mild taste, soft and buttery texture. Spanish and Portuguese explorers were the first people who brought, introduced and spread the papaya fruit to many other subtropical lands. In the 20th century, papayas were brought to the United States and have been cultivated in Hawaii which became the major U.S. papaya producer since the 1920s. Currently, the largest commercial producers of papayas include the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Papaya Juice's Nutritional Profile
Refresh yourself with a glass of papaya juice and get its essential nutrients at the same time. It is very rich in Vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Papayas are also good sources of Vitamins A, E and K. Antioxidants such as beta carotene and flavonoids are also present in papaya. Truly, papaya juice is oozing with nutrients but calorie-sparse.
Some Health Benefits of Papaya Juice
It Boost Digestive Functioning
Got a problem with constipation and slow bowel movement? Well, papaya juice is not just a refreshing drink but also the solution to your digestive problem. The rich amount of fiber in papaya promotes normal functioning of your digestive tract. Not only that, the fiber and other nutrients found in papaya were said to inhibit cancer-causing toxins. The folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E in papayas have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
It is Good For the Heart
The nutrients Vitamin C, E and A found in papaya juice act as potent antioxidants and help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, thus, inhibiting cholesterol from sticking into the walls of arteries. This would eventually prevent the formation of plaques in the arterial wall, thus normal blood flow is maintained simultaneously preventing heart attacks and strokes.
Papayas are also rich in Vit. B and potassium which are very good for the proper functioning of the heart.
Keeps our Eyes and Lungs Healthy
Due to its abundant amounts of vitamins A, E, C and carotenoids, papaya juice protects us against vision-destroying diseases. A recent study have shown that daily intake of 3 or more servings of fruits that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids may lower our risk in developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
Smokers are everywhere and inhaling their dangerous smoke is inevitable, but keeping our lungs healthy is not that difficult if we love papaya juice. Another study had show an inversely proportional relationship of Vitamin A and the development of lung problems. This means people who are Vitamin A deficient are more likely to develop lung problems than people with enough vitamin A in their diet. Thus, eating papaya or drinking papaya juice which are abundant in Vitamin A would protect us from lung problems and lung cancer.
Other Fruits That Blend well With Papaya Juice
Do you know that the mild taste of papaya juice blends well with other fruits? Well, here's some fruits that you can juice along with papayas:
* Carrots - Use 6 pieces of carrots and 1 papaya
* Oranges - Use 2 cups of orange juice and one small papaya
* Lime - 1/4-1/2 cup lime juice and one small papaya
* Lemons - 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 cup cubed papaya
* Pineapples -2 cups fresh pineapple and 1 papaya
* Apples - one apple and one papaya
* Mango - Make a tropical Fruit juice with 1 ripe peeled mango, 1 ripe papaya, 5 to 6 ripe bananas and 4 teaspoons sugar.
* Strawberries - Make a tropical passion Juice with 5 strawberries, 2 kiwis, 1 papaya, 1 cup cubed pineapple, 1 orange and 3-4 inch round of wheatgrass