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 any 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.
- 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