Papaya Fruit Benefits

Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Health Articles | 0 comments

When we think of getting our five fruits and veg a day, we often tend to think of all the usual suspects – apples, bananas, oranges or perhaps a pear or a peach if we’re feeling adventurous. However, focusing only on these fruits is a mistake seeing as how many benefits some of the more tropical fruits can offer us. Case in point: papaya fruit – which is one of the richest sources of nutrients and has a range of powerful health benefits. Here we will look into the papaya fruit in more detail so that you might consider including it in your next shop.

What Is Papaya?

Papaya is actually a little unbranched tree around 5-10 meters tall that grows in the tropics of the Americas. It is notable for its spirally arranged leaves which are 50-70 centimeters. The fruit is cultivated by local people as a breakfast fruit. In Mexico it was cultivated as long ago as before the Mesoamerican classical cultures. In India it is known for its medicinal properties.

Nutrients

Papaya fruit is rich in nutrients and carries a range of amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. These include calcium, potassium, iron and vitamins C, E, A and B complex. This makes it a very rich source of minerals and ensures it is useful for strengthening the bones, preventing muscle cramping, strengthening muscle contractions, increasing energy and mood and more. If you eat the seeds as well then these are also very healthy and contain essential fatty acids and proteins. Despite being rich in nutrients, it has very few calories and almost no cholesterol. The high content of vitamin A makes it useful for maintaining the mucus membranes and this has lead to its being used as a remedy for a range of sinus conditions.

Digestion

Papaya fruit is great for digestion being rich in fiber as well as the compounds chymopapain and papain which are believed to aid in digestion. The concentration however varies depending on the fruit. The pulp and flesh of the fruit are also very easily digestible making them great for people who are experience digestion difficulties.

Antioxidants

The high concentration of vitamin C as well as phytonutrients makes it a good source of antioxidants. It actually contains more vitamin C than lemons or oranges which makes it generally effective in boosting the immune system and preventing everything from colds to cancers.

Caution: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to the fruit. This is particularly the case in those who have allergies to latex. Unripe papaya fruit should be avoided by pregnant women due to the content of carpaine and latex.