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Here's To Your Health - Papaya

Updated on May 20, 2014


Here’s to Your Health – Papaya


Called “the fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is an exotic fruit.  It is packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Calcium, potassium, iron, amino acids and enzymes are all found in this wonderful fruit.  Papaya contains more vitamin A (beta-carotene) than that found in carrots.  It also contains Vitamin B complex together with Vitamins C and E.  There is more vitamin C found in a papaya than is found in an orange.   Two to three grams of protein are found in one pound of ripe papaya.

 Papaya is said to increase muscle tone and decrease body fat.  It also is a great source of fiber which lowers cholesterol levels.  Papaya can be found in all tropical and subtropical countries.

The two types of papayas are Mexican and Hawaiian.  Usually the ones found in grocery stores are the Hawaiian variety.  These are much smaller than the Mexican variety.  They can be ripened at room temperature. 

Papaya eliminates the toxins from your body.  It has been said to raise metabolism and strengthen the immune system, as well as aiding digestion.  It also provides protection from colon cancer.  Since papaya is so nutrient-rich, it may help prevent colds, flu and ear infections. 

Aborigines from Australia placed papaya leaves and fruit on open wounds.  This helped in the healing process.  The bark from the papaya tree has been used to treat toothaches.  The flowers of the same tree can be made in to tea and used to help fight bronchitis, jaundice and other diseases.  Mature green papaya serves as an antiseptic. 

To fade and diminish age spots, put the fleshy side of the papaya skin over the spots.  It is worth noting that some people have developed sensitivity to papaya and if irritation of the skin develops, discontinue use. 

Arginine can be found in papaya.  This is said to help male fertility.  Carpain is also present in papaya.  This is beneficial for good heart health.  Enzyme rich papaya supplements can be bought at health food stores.  Papaya, why not give it a try? 





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      Cedar Cove Farm 8 years ago from Southern Missouri

      Wow! Very informative. I had no idea...and I'm a produce man by trade. Go figure. Thanks for sharing.