Papaya is a delicious tropical fruit which has a great taste, mouthwatering flavor and great health benefits.
Originally from the tropics of America
the taste and its numerous health benefits made it popular in all the continents
Papaya enjoys a rich history, and has been used since very long for medicinal uses in day to day life. The Mayans used to worship papaya trees and called it the “Tree of Life”
. It is said to be one of the favourite fruits of Christopher Columbus. The story goes that when his crew landed in America after a long sea voyage on meager meal, the native people welcomed them with extravagant feast, which caused digestive problems. The natives took the voyagers to the forest and offered them papaya and they got cured.The leaves, seeds and the milk of the papaya tree are used to cure intestinal problems and kill intestinal worms and parasites.
Women from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh use them to prevent pregnancy and for abortion. Above all, papaya is a very delicious food that has been enjoyed lavishly by people as a part of cuisines and salads. Health Benefits of Papaya:
1. Skin & Papaya-
It is great for the skin
and can be used as a face pack
to get its benefits.
to get rid of acne and skin infections
as it helps to open clogged
fermented flesh of papaya also called as papain helps to dissolve the
cells, giving fresh and glowing skin
as a result. It is good to cure the
infections and wounds
that don’t heal quickly.
2. Cholesterol &
As it is a fruit that is rich in fiber it lowers blood
levels. It contains enzymes that help prevent
oxidization of cholesterol
, which in return helps to prevent
3. Anti-ageing & Papaya-
The antioxidants in
papaya help in
controlling premature ageing
. This quality of the papaya helps you to
4. Intestinal Worms & Papaya-
The seeds of papaya too possess medicinal properties. They are very good
treating intestinal worms in the body
5. Constipation & Papaya-
Papaya helps in
preventing constipation and
aids in digestion
. The enzyme papain is a digestive enzyme that helps in
6. Colon & Papaya-
Its juice helps in curing
by clearing the pus and mucus from it. You need to take it
to heal quickly.
7. Weight Loss & Papaya-
low in calories and high in nutritional values. Hence, it is a good food
those who want to lose some weight
8. Morning Sickness & Papaya-
pregnant ladies, regular consumption of a small slice of papaya helps to
nausea and morning sickness
9. Osteoporosis & Papaya-
that help in relieving pain for those who are suffering from arthritis
and osteoporosis, and it also possesses anti-cancerous properties that
10. Immunity & Papaya-
rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C that help in boosting the body’s
hence is very good for those who are suffering from fever, cold or
11. Shampoos & Papaya-
containing papaya are very good to control dandruff
12. Menstrual Irregularities &
It helps in controlling the menstrual irregularities
Papaya helps to ease menstrual cramps and helps in promoting regular
13. Liver cancer & Papaya juice-
As it has anti-proliferative effect on liver cancer cells
it stops or
down the growth of the cancer cells of liver and helps in its cure.
Contraception & Papaya-
Research with adult male langur monkeys has shown that it has
and maybe it has similar effect in adult males too.
disorder & Papaya-
disorder it was found that the aqueous seed extract of the unripe mature
of papaya induces antioxidant and oxidative free radical scavenging and
kidney to recover
16. Dengue Treatment and Papaya -
Researchers have found that the juice obtained
from the papaya leaves helps in the dengue fever treatment
. The extract
obtained from the papaya leaf increases the platelet count also known as
thrombocytes in patients with dengue fever.How does Papaya get Spoilt?
1. Usually they get overripe if not eaten
in good time and they lose their taste.
2. Viral infection of the
papaya ringspot virus (PRV)
can cause premature molting and malformation
leaves of the plant. In the 1990s, the virus threatened to wipe out
papaya industry completely.
3. The papaya is also
susceptible to the fruit fly, a small fly-like insect that lays its
How to Buy & Shop for
Papayas are very delicious fruit. Asian, Hawaiian and
in various sizes and shapes. Hawaiian are usually smaller and
while Asian and Carribean papayas are long and large.
If you want to eat the papaya
after 1 or 2 days, buy a green skinned papaya which is firm to feel.
as it will ripen after 1 to 3 days.
want to eat the papaya on the same day look for a ripe papaya in which
is turning from green to yellow or orange. If you gently press your
its flesh, it will yield but it will be not be too soft – otherwise it
Papaya is a fruit worth considering in your daily
or weekly grocery list. Consume them at least once in a
. Papaya can also be taken with fruit salads, or in
other cuisines. If not eaten you can also apply it
, it is bound to show some positive results and benefit your
The nutritional values of "Papayas, raw" per 100 grams are:
Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
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*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.