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The Benefits of Papaya

Christopher Columbus once called it, “the fruit of the angels”. And indeed, it is. Papaya is not only delicious, but is packed with a long list of nutritional benefits.

Once considered exotic, we can now find papayas throughout the year in almost anypapaya market. t has a slight peak season in early summer, but generally, the papaya tree bears fruit all year long.

Papayas are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C, E and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Furthermore, papaya contains, papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins.

With all of the above nutrients, here are the reasons why you should include it in your diet.

Papaya:

  • lowers cholesterol
  • helps weight loss
  • boosts immune support
  • good for diabetics & heart disease
  • great for your eyes & macular degeneration
  • has an anti-inflammatory effects that protect against arthritis & asthma
  • promotes digestive health
  • helps ease menstrual pain
  • prevents signs of ageing
  • promotes hair growth
  • prevents cancer (especially when combined with green tea)
  • helps reduce stress
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