Papaya, papaw or pawpaw is a tropical plant bearing the scientific name Carica papaya of the family Caricaceae.
The plant is native to Mexico, however its grown naturally in Florida and the Carribean.
Papaya is a popular fruit having sweet taste and vibrant color. Because of its many health benefits papayas are incorporated in smoothies, desserts and cuisines.
Papayas are a well known remedy for constipation. The fiber, water content and the enzyme papain in papayas promote intestinal peristalsis and accelerate the passage of the stools through the intestines. Hence relieving symptoms like constipation and bloating.
BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
Papayas are loaded with Vitamin C. A single serving i.e 100g of papaya provides with more than the daily vitamin C requirement.
Vitamin C, promotes the production of white blood cells and increase the body’s capability to fight infections and viruses.
Papayas can play a protective role in eye health as they are loaded with Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is an antioxidant which filters out harmful blue light rays and can prevent macular degeneration of the eye.
SLOWS DOWN AGING
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and provides structural support to the tissues. Deficiency of collagen can cause premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin.
Papaya, being affluent in vitamin C, improves the production of collagen and delay the signs of aging.
Fruits bearing yellow to orange colour are rich in antioxidant beta carotene. Beta carotene has been known to lower the risk of developing asthma.
Papaya has widely been used in skincare products because of its ability to revitilize skin. The enzyme papain kills dead cells and purifies skin. Papain can effectively be used to exfoliate your skin.
Due to the presence of various enzymes which promote wound healing, papaya can be easily used as a mask to prevent sunburns and rashes.