I’ve always enjoyed papaya because it’s both delicious and incredibly fun to say. However, there’s more to this fruit than pleasing linguistic backflips and the party the taste creates in your mouth. Surprisingly, papaya is incredibly beneficial to your health, and today you’re going to find out why.

1. It Supports Your Immune System

Papaya isn’t just rich in flavour, it’s also rich in both Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Both help to boost your body’s immunity to nasty illnesses such as colds, fevers, and the flu.

2. It Protects Against Macular Degeneration

Who wants to lose their site as they age? Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating at least three servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration, which is the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. As I’m sure you’ve worked out by now, papaya is indeed a fruit.

3. It’s Good for Your Skin

Papaya doesn’t just have to be ingested for you to reap the benefits. Applying it to your face as a mask is actually incredibly good for your skin. It helps to get rid of acne and skin infections due to assisting in opening up clogged pores. The fermented flesh of papaya, the papain, also helps to dissolve your dead  skins cells, which leaves your skin fresh and glowing.

4. Anti Aging

Papaya contains antioxidants that fights the free radicals in your body that cause aging. As such, the fruit helps you look younger for longer.

5. Healthy Digestion

The fruit contains enzymes that assist your body to digest proteins by breaking them down. As such, it helps to keep you regular, and can be particularly helpful if you’re feeling constipated.

6. Protection Against Heart Disease

The nutrients and vitamins found in papaya can help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. This is important, because it’s only when cholesterol becomes oxidised that it’s able to stick to, and build up, in blood vessel walls. It’s at this point that it can form dangerous plaques that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.

7. Morning Sickness

Small quantities of papaya are said to help ladies whilst pregnant, by alleviating morning sickness and nausea in general.

8. It’s an Anti-Inflammatory

Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes, including papain and chymopapain. These have been shown to help lower inflammation, as does the vitamin C and beta-carotene contained within the fruit.

9. It Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research indicates that food with high quantities of vitamin C, such as papaya, can aid in protecting against inflammatory polyarthritis, which is a form of rheumatoid arthritis.

10. It Plays Well with Green Tea

Papaya contains an antioxidant compound called lycopene, and research has shown that regular consumption of green tea combined with lycopene rich foods can have a highly effective synergistic result. They work well together. In this case, green tea and papaya have been shown to reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 86%.

11. It Helps With Menstrual Pain

The nutritional benefits of papaya continue to be more useful for women, as the leaves also works as a cure for menstrual pain. Simply take the leaf, tamarind, salt, and some water, and allow it to work its menstrual cycle pain relief magic.

12. It Prevents Dangerous Blood Clotting

An active enzyme called fibrin that can be found in papaya can assist in preventing unnecessary blood clots. It can also act as a healing reagent for external and internal bodily wounds.

13. It’s Great For Your Hair

You might notice that some shampoo contains papaya extract. This is because it has been proven to control dandruff. Plus, it smells awesome.

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