We all eat papaya, but hardly any of us are aware about the mind boggling health benefits of this fruit. Papaya is scientifically known as Carica papaya and is native to North America. Its found mainly in Central America. Mexico was the first country to embrace its first commercial cultivation on a large scale. Papaya is a healthy fruit with an amazing taste and a number of health benefits. Although, this tempting reddish orange juicy fruit doesn’t contain very high levels of the major nutrients like fats, carbohydrates or proteins, it’s a great source of Vitamin C and minerals like Folate. Both, ripe and unripe papaya are worth keeping in your fruit basket as both of them have some really good medicinal properties to offer. Keeping the following benefits of papaya juice in mind, papaya is rightly named as the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus.
10. For a healthy skin
What consumption of papaya juice can do to enhance your beauty, no amount of make up can. Make up can never bless you with glamour because until and unless your skin doesn’t glow naturally, make up can do you no good. For getting natural glow, nothing can be more viable than papaya juice. Papaya juice contains the enzyme, Papain which is a protease (cell or membrane digesting enzyme). It digests the dead cells of the skin and opens the blocked pores which prevents pimples and acne. It thus, makes your skin shine like a diamond. For the ones whose beauty is being destroyed in the hands of age, papaya juice is your hero. It contains Vitamin C which enhances collagen production in the body. Collagen increases the tightness and firmness of the skin thus, preventing wrinkles.
9. For regularizing menstruation
Many girls, especially the ones in their teens face the problem of irregular menstrual flow. They also get extremely painful cramps during their period. This is mostly because the new scientifically advanced generation is more into smartphones and carbonated drinks rather than books and natural fruit juices. This means that traditional ways of living have always been beneficial for health. Our grandparents were way healthier in their teens than we are. Unripe papaya juice works like a magic wand in regularizing your menstrual flow. This is because its juice contains latex which increases uterine contractions which eventually show your developing endometrium, the outer way. This is why unripe papaya is not recommended for pregnant women. So next time, instead of grabbing a cold drink, go for some green papaya juice.
8. For lowering blood pressure
Papaya is a gift of nature for those who have a high blood pressure problem. Blood pressure usually increases due to the development of cholesterol on the walls of the arteries connected to the heart. Papaya juice is rich in anti-oxidants like lycopene and betacarotenes that prevent further oxidation of the cholesterol on the walls. Thus, increasing the area for blood flow and lowering blood pressure. Papaya juice is also high in folate content which reduces the level of homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine can cause heart disorders like Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease. Papaya juice also contains potassium ions that keep the pressure of the blood, normal.
7. For treating Arthritis
Arthritis is a very common disorder among old-aged people. Arthritis is basically an inflammation of the joints caused by their wear and tear with age. Arthritis can also occur due to the formation and accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints and this phenomenon is known as Gout. Papaya juice can be used to cure Arthritis because it contains anti-inflammatory substances like Vitamin C and betacarotenes that reduce inflammation that help relieve pain. Papaya juice is also high in protein digesting substances such as papain and chymopapain that dissolve the uric acid crystals.
6. For protecting eyesight
Leave all those posh and highly expensive brands of sunglasses. Rather go for the natural brand- papaya juice. Papaya juice can dramatically enhance your vision and also protect you from certain external factors that harm your eyesight. In the age of laptops and smartphones, something like papaya juice is a blessing. Papaya juice is high in lutein content, the phytonutrient which is also known as the eye vitamin and zeaxanthin. Since these substances concentrate in the eye’s macula region, they can prevent from macular degeneration of the eye, a common cause of vision loss in old people. These substances also protect your eyes from UV rays and other harmful spectra of light. Papaya juice is also high in Vitamin A content which prevents from night blindness.
5. For treating cancer
Cancer is a disease that cannot be taken lightly and recent studies conducted by scientists say that papaya leaf extract juice has cancer curing properties. The juice of it’s leaf is highly rich in anti cancer compounds like isiothiocynates that help to get rid of potential carcinogens (cancer causing agents) and also enhance the action of proteins that demote tumour growth in cells. Substances like lycopene, betacarotene and beta-cryptoxanthin prevent the activation of oncogenes that are already present in our cells. The activation of oncogenes promotes abnormal proliferation of cells thus, causing cancer.
4. For treating constipation
Papaya juice can effectively treat constipation. Constipation is a very common disorder faced by many due to the increased consumption of fast food which contains very insignificant levels of fiber. Papaya juice contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E which regularize bowel movements and reduce motion sickness. Due to the presence of more water content, papaya juice softens your stool and thus, relieves constipation. It is also high in fiber content which cures constipation. This fiber has some laxative properties that increase the peristaltic movement of the rectum and thus, easing bowel movements.
3. For treating indigestion and gastric problems
Papaya juice is a boon for those who regularly suffer from indigestion and gastric problems. Indigestion occurs due to the increase in the HCl acid levels in the levels that often cause a burning effect in the food pipe. This can lead to problems like gastric ulcers which are inflammations of the intestine and stomach. Papaya juice has certain properties that can soothe the affected stomach and intestinal regions and produce a cooling effect. Patients of gastric problems must include papaya juice in their diet.
2. For treating respiratory disorders
Respiratory diseases can also be cured by papaya juice. Certain diseases of the respiratory system are caused by inflammation of the alveoli present in the lungs. As discussed above, papaya juice has certain anti-inflammatory properties which can cure the inflammation of the alveoli and thus, help you get rid of respiratory diseases.
1. For treating helminthic disorders
Papaya juice has anti-helminthic properties. Sometimes due to lack of hygiene and cleanliness, helminthes/flat worms like Fasciola enter our body and cause a lot of harm.These helminthes should be taken very seriously as sometimes, their effects can be fatal. The anti-helminthic properties of papaya juice take out these worms from our body, preventing us from their harmful effects.