The Miracle of Papaya

A fruit filled with hope

Papaya has many hidden health benefits and is found in most tropics and subtropics areas around the world.  The fruit is valuable both for food and medicinal purposes. It’s filled with antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, fight disease and help keep you looking young. They are yellow-orange in color and can weigh up to 20 lbs and can be up to 20 inches long in size. Papayas are shaped similar to a pear and the skin is green when unripe, and orange when ripe. Papaya can be eaten raw, in a fruit salad or even next to your meal.

Papaya contains a digestive enzyme called Papain that acts on proteins in a manner similar to pepsin.  Papain stimulates the digestion of fats and proteins, and is useful to improve overall food absorption. According to Ayurvedic medicine, Papain is digestive, anti-bloating, diuretic and reduces inflammation. Pepsin, Bromelain and Papain are all proteolytic enzymes. Pepsin is naturally produced by the intestines while bromelain and papain are food enzymes found in foods such as pineapple and papaya. They restore and enhance digestion, relieving bloating, gas and constipation.

The fruit also has many black seeds inside the center, which are edible, but have a bitter flavor. The seeds inside when eaten can benefit the small intestines, which in turn affects your biggest organ in your body, the skin. Based on Chinese medicine,  the small intestines and skin are related. The vitamin C and lycopene in papaya protect your skin and may help reduce these signs of aging. Besides helping your skin, it helps with digestion as well. People in the tropics consider papaya a remedy for constipation and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Adding more papaya to your diet may also be beneficial for your heart. Moreover, studies show that lycopene and vitamin C rich fruits may help prevent heart disease.

Fruits are living foods, provides special nutritients and can add to bring more vitality into your life. Try, experiment and explore with magical tropical fruits such as Papaya to revitalize, reenergize and reclaim your health!


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