The delicious and highly nutritious papaya fruit is packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. It is widely cultivated tropical fruit tree. The botanical name of this plant is Carica Papaya. Papaya contains soft, easily digestible flesh with a good amount of soluble dietary fiber. This fruit is available in the market throughout the year. Fresh ripe papaya fruit is richest source of vitamin C and excellent source of vitamin A and flavanoids like beta-carotene, luteine, zea-xanthin and crypto-xanthin. These fruits are rich in B-complex vitamin like thiamin(B1), riboflavin(B2), pyridoxin(B6) and folic acid. It also has good amount of potassium. In addition to this, it also has papain and chymopapain.

  • Papaya reduces the risk of cancers like colon, prostate, lung, uterus, etc.
  • It is very low in calories i.e., 100 gms of this fruit has 40 calories.
  • It helps to reduce weight.
  • It improves the body metabolism.
  • It helps to maintain the normal heart rate and blood pressure.
  • It helps to relieve nausea.
  • It helps to reduce inflammation, asthma, oestero-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It is very useful for the treatment of various skin irritations and wounds.
  • It helps to reduce blood cholesterol level.
  • It regulates the menstural cycle.
  • It improves the skin complexion.
  • It stimulates the ovarian secretion, estrogen and healthy function of the mammary glands for breast development.
  • It prevents the cataract formation in eye.
  • It is very helpful for the prevention of atherochlorosis and diabetic heart disease.
  • It helps to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol.
  • It helps the normal bowl movement and thus prevents constipation.
  • It enhances the immune system of the body.
  • Papain obtained from raw papaya and tree is used for tenderizing the meat.
  • Papaya seeds have been proven natural remedy for many ailments.
  • It regulates the normal pH level of the body.
  • The seeds and leaves are useful in treating intestinal worms found in the human.
  • The seeds are used to treat stomach problems and ringworm infection.
  • It controls the premature aging.
  • It is very useful for muscular degeneration.
  • Papaya shampoo is good for hair and dandruff
  • It has restorative property that can help soften the skin and give smoothness and good appearance.
  • It removes the man's fertility because it contains arginine.
  • Unriped papayas may cause uterine contractions which may lead to miscarriage as it contains papain enzyme.
  • Pregnant women should avoid taking unriped green papaya.
  • Unriped papaya can however be used safely as a cooked vegetable.
  • Papaya can be taken in the form of fruit, juice, salads, milkshake, jam, jelly, etc.,
Please try to grow this delicious, highly nutritious fruit tree in your home garden.

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