Papaya is an exotic fruit which is better known as paw paw. This fruit is known to be power packed with some of the most essential nutrients. Ripe papaya is not only delicious but also one of the favorite for all fruit lovers for its digestive and nutritional characteristics. Papaya has been known to originate from Central America. There are various health benefits of papaya.
The benefits of papaya fruit
Fresh and Ripe Papaya is known to contain high Vitamin C content. It provides around 61.8 mg or about 103% of DRI that is known to be more than oranges or lemons. Vitamin C is known to be an essential Vitamin that helps to eradicate various diseases lie scurvy and cancer. It also acts as an immune booster and has anti inflammatory functions as well. Ripe Papaya is also known to be an excellent source of Vitamin A that provides us 1094 IU/100 gms and flavonoids like beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin.It also contains Vitamin B complex vitamins like Folic acid, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, and pyridoxine.
Papaya is known to be a great fruit for controlling the diet as it has very low calories of just about 39 calories/100 gms. It contains no cholesterol and is a rich source of phytonutrients minerals as well.
Papayas are soft and can be easily digestible and it contains good amount of soluble dietary fiber that helps in smooth bowel movement reducing the problems of constipation.
Papaya seeds are also known to be a natural remedy to diseases. They are known to cure inflammatory diseases and act as analgesics and are anti parasitic and are also used to treat stomachache, and ringworm infections.
Possible kidney stones
One papaya that measures 5 inches long with a 3-inch diameter contains 310% of DV of 60 milligrams per day for vitamin C.Vitamin C is known to be a very important anti oxidant that helps in protecting our body from any kind of blood vessel disorder, cancer as well as high blood pressure. It is however suggested that Children should not consume more than 1,200 milligrams of vitamin C per day and adults more than 2,000 milligrams per day, as it may cause toxicity in the body and give rise to oxalate kidney stones.
Papaya contains an enzyme called papain that is used to soothe any kind of digestive problems as well as inflammation in the throat. Papain is also regarded as an allergen and people who consume too much of papain may develop symptoms of hay fever as well as asthma, wheezing, nasal congestion and breathing difficulties as well.
Gastro intestinal symptoms
Consumption of too much papaya can also give rise to gastro intestinal symptoms. Though papaya is known to sooth the stomach, it can also cause stomach upset as well as stomach irritation if eaten in big amounts.
Source: Green Tree Medic