Papaya is a kind of fruit that is sweet, nutritious, yellowish, and healthy for anyone irrespective of age and environment. The benefits of Papaya are numerous and should be consumed on regular basis.
Beyond eating Papaya as a delicious fruit, there are other health benefits of Papaya when consumed as a whole fruit.
Also, we have seeds and leaves. Many people throw away the seeds in Papaya, just like I did for many years. But as soon as realized the benefits of papaya leaves for the body, I’ve been utilizing the amazing health benefits of Papaya leaves judiciously.
Well, mostly, we are more concerned with the juicy part of the fruit, while we trash the other parts.
These other parts are also healthy for consumption and of course, contain some nutritional values you would be amazed to know as you read further in this article.
Benefits of Papaya Fruit
1. Cholesterol Reduction
Papaya or pawpaw as you choose to call it has high richness in fiber, vitamin C, and some oxidants that fight cholesterol build up in the body especially the arteries.
The seeds as well contain various vital micronutrients that help to promote your health, prevent the development of some chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.
While the papaya leaf is used as natural medicinal and herbal usage for reducing blood sugar. I’ve seen people with diabetes in most parts of Africa prepare herbs with the papaya leaf extract to reduce their blood sugar and the results, according to them, were positive.
2. Aids healthy weight
Papaya is a good source of weight management due to its very low calories. It is a good diet for those considering weight loss.
Papaya seeds are edible, nutritious, and fiber-contained which aid easy digestion and prevent obesity.
More so, the leaves help in clearing your bowel movement and smooth regularities.
3. Immunity booster
Regular consumption of Papaya will boost your immune system and help fight against infections of various types. Due to the amount of vitamin C present in the fruit, it makes it effective for enhancing the immune system.
The seeds are also helpful in ensuring that your immune system is strong and able to fight against developing some diseases. Papaya seeds can help prevent fungal infections as well.
While the leaves when blended into juice form help cleanse the blood and prevent malaria.
4. Excellent substitute for diabetics
This fruit is an excellent diet inclusion for diabetics because it contains low-sugar content which they can substitute for their sugar cravings.
It can also be consumed by people who are trying to prevent developing diabetes.
Papaya seeds also serve as a good source of many significant nutrients which include antioxidants, monounsaturated fats, and fiber.
The juice made from the ground or blended leaves can help regulate produce insulin which diabetics require to put a check on their blood sugar levels.
5. Promotes healthy vision
Vitamin A enhances healthy eyesight which is found in Papaya/Pawpaw. This vitamin prevents the vision from deteriorating.
6. Papaya leaves aid healthy bones
Papaya fruits and leaves promote healthy bones and prevent developing arthritis. They also serve as anti-inflammatory properties that keep the bones from weakening.
7. May solve hair problems
Who would believe that papaya can serve as a remedy to hair problems such as hair breakage, dandruff, itchy scalp, and other related problems? You can mix the papaya leaf powder that you already grounded or blended with your hair cream and apply it on your hair and scalp. It also serves as a hair conditioner.
8. Detoxifying properties
The liver and kidney need to be cleansed on a regular basis. Papaya leaf juice is known to be a great detox drink. It flushes toxins from the body, cleanses the blood, improves the circulation of blood and protects the liver and kidney from breakout.
9. Lowers menstrual pain
Pawpaw leaves help women experiencing pains during their menstrual period. The leaves also regulate the cycle and ease the flow during their periods.
10. Anti-ageing properties
Papaya can aid a healthy lifestyle and longer life. This is because of the antioxidant properties and richness in vitamins C and E. These properties help prevent the skin from damage, early wrinkles, and irritations.
11. Fights cancer
Cancers are unusual growth of some cells and lack of some nutrients which papaya can be a rich source of. Nutrients such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, and flavonoids that prevent your cells from undergoing free radical damage.
12. Keeps Gut healthy
The papaya seeds help keep the stomach and gut healthy. It also protects the intestines from storing bacteria and parasites that cause damage to the gut.
13. Relieves stress
Pawpaw can help relieve stress and fatigue. Most times, immediately I arrive home from my place of work tired, I buy a ball of Pawpaw, slice it, and keep in the fridge for a few minutes. I enjoy eating it when it is averagely chilled. It helps me to feel calm and cozy.
14. Promotes healthy skin
Papaya leaf juice helps to promote good and healthy skin. For best results, you can use the fresh leaf as a moisture to obstruct skin pores on the face. Apply it twice in a week. It also clears out facial problems such as pimples, acne and excess oil on the face.
How to prepare Homemade Pawpaw leaf juice
You can make papaya leaf juice by blending or grinding. Wash the leaves thoroughly under running water and grind to a paste with an addition of little water.
After grinding the leaves, then filter the juice with a tiny cloth or sieve. The juice may appear thick and tastes bitter, but, with what I’ve listed above, the health benefits are great for the body’s overall wellbeing. You may as well dilute the thick juice with some water to lighten the bitter taste.
Simple Method On How To Make Homemade Papaya Seeds
Unlike the way you eat the Pawpaw flesh, grind the papaya seeds, and mix their powder forms with your choice such as in sweet smoothies, juices, desserts or even teas.
You can be assured that the sweetness of sugar or honey added in the complementary content will subdue the bitterness of the seeds. With this, you can enjoy it with little or no bitter taste.
How to make Papaya Juice
You can also make a fresh juice out of papaya, especially in warm summer days. It’s completely healthy and refreshing.
It was fun growing up with this amazing juice because my dad had lots of papaya trees in our garden. It became one of our favorite fruits because my dad loves Papaya so much.
1/2 medium-size papaya
4 cups of cold water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups ice cubes
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- Wash and peel the Papaya and chopped into cubes. Add the chopped Papaya in the blender with the sugar and 2 cups of water and blend together until smooth.
- Pour in a jug, add the remaining 2 cups of water, the 2 cups ice cubes, and the lemon juice. Shake and mix everything together.
- Serve and enjoy!
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