Friday, August 3, 2012

Why Papaya Is So Important In Our Diet?

Let me attempt to state the importance of including Papaya in our diet for health reasons. For the sake of those not very familiar with this powerful fruit let me give you a simple description.
Fully Ripe Papaya
Papaya is a tropical fruit that is enjoyed around the world. It has an oblong shape, normally greenish yellow, yellow or orange color. It is a large tree plant fruit usually reaching 2.5kg. It has bitter sweet taste and comes from tropical places with higher humidity, native to Mexico, countries of Central America, Thailand, Africa and Asia and growing well in Australia and the Caribbean. Papaya is consumed for its sweet flavor as well as health benefits. Papaya is rich in nutrients and can benefit several different health concerns, including weight loss.

Nutritional Profile

 Mineral profile of papaya includes vitamins A, C, E, potassium, magnesium, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids.

At only 39 calories per 100 grams, papaya is a low calories treat that also has a high fiber content to help fill you up. The digestive enzymes papain and chymonpapain found in papaya may help to cleanse your digestive tract, It also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes,  and low in calories and sodium.

Power Packed  Papaya

Papaya Tree

Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting proteolytic enzymes including papain and chymopapain. Proteolytic enzymes protect you by digesting and destroying the defense shields of viruses, tumors, allergens, yeasts, and various forms of fungus. Once the shield is destroyed, tumors and invading organisms are extremely vulnerable and easily taken care of by your immune system.

This enzyme is similar to pepsin, a digestive enzyme in our body. It breakdown protein into amino acid so that they can be absorbed and utilize by our body. Papain help to reduce the workload on our digestive system.

The alkaloid, Carpaine, slows the heart rate in humans and thus reduces blood pressure. Its action is similar to the drug prescribed for heart patients, digitalis. However, higher doses can produce constriction or narrowing of blood vessels walls. The alkaloid is reported to be able to kill worms and amoebas.

Papaya has an abundance of cancer fighting lycopene. It is a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of many important carotenoids, such as beta-carotene and xanthophylls.

Another useful compound not readily found in the plant kingdom is Fibrin. It reduces the risk of blood clots and improves the quality of blood cells, optimizing the ability of blood to flow through the circulatory system. Fibrin is also important in preventing stroke.

Treats Burns, Sores And Wounds 
Research revealed why papaya is effective in hastening recovery of burn, sores as well as infected and inflamed wounds  Papaya has antibacterial effects that could be useful in treating chronic skin ulcers to promote healing.” according to the scientists, ”Seed extracts from the fruit inhibited organism commonly fond on wounds. “  Papaya pulp enzymes removes dead surface skin, reduces pre-existing infection and even encourages healing.  Papaya treatment may also reduce the offensive odor associated with ulcers.
Treats Problematic Skin, Diseases And Injury

 People have turned to papaya to treat Skin problems such as acne, pimple, warts and corns. Nowadays there are beauty products made from papaya extract for cleaning, smoothing and regenerating the skin. 

Anti-Inflamatory Treatment
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties papaya may relieve the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis In addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya, including vitamin C, vitamin E and pro-vitamin A carotenoid are three powerful antioxidants very good at reducing inflammation. Flavonoids in the fruit further amplify the effectiveness of antioxidants.
This may explain why people with diseases that are worsened by inflammation, [such as asthma] subsided when they get more of these nutrients.
Papaya also alleviates the pain and edema caused by trauma and sports injuries.

So knowing all that we know now about Papaya, we see the importance of having this powerful fruit in our diet to stay healthy.  

Now check out your fruit stores and try it if you have not started already - health benefits galore!

Come Back Soon,

Hortense Stewart