Health benefits of papaya: 10 amazing health benefits of eating papaya

Here's why you should include papaya in your diet.

Published: March 23, 2017 7:25 PM IST

By Chethana Prakasan

Health benefits of papaya: 10 amazing health benefits of eating papaya

Native to Mexico, papaya is now grown in several countries including Malaysia, the Philippines and India. The fruit was called the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus. It is one of the popular fruits as it is rich in medicinal value and nutritive properties. It contains vitamins and mineral required for normal body functioning. This orange colored fruit is delicious and can be eaten as it is or in the form of juice, milkshake or smoothie. Raw papaya is used in India as a vegetable. it is not just flavorsome but also has many health benefits. Here is a list of health benefits of papaya. (ALSO READ How to get fair skin naturally: 13 natural home remedies and face packs to get flawless and fair skin).

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1. It has antioxidant properties

Papaya contains carotenoid, an antioxidant, that neutralizes the free radicals. Free radicals are molecule produced during the metabolism but too many of them can result in disease. Papaya is one of the best sources of carotenoid.

2. Relief from toothaches

Papaya is among the best home remedies for tooth aches. make a paste of papaya roots and massage onto the gums and teeth ad get relief from toothache. You can also use the inner bark for this. Papaya helps in removing the bacteria from the tooth and aids in the healing process.(ALSO READ How to get pink lips naturally at home: 13 effective home remedies to get back your naturally soft and pink lips).

3. It has anti-cancer properties


According to a research, papaya contains lycopene, which can lower the risk of cancer. It is believed that papaya helps in fighting cancer as it has the ability to neutralize free radicals. The fruit is also beneficial for those who are undergoing a treatment for cancer.

4. It fights infection

Papaya fights many fungal infection and kills intestinal worms, which causes many infections and complications. (ALSO READ Home remedies for acne: 7 most effective ways to get rid of acne and clear your skin using home remedies)

5. Keeps your skin healthy and youthful

Papaya makes your skin youthful and healthy. The antioxidants present in the fruit is responsible for neutralize the excessive free radicals, which cause skin damage, sagging and wrinkles. Rich in lycopene and vitamin C, papaya also helps in reducing he sign of aging.

6. Treats constipation


Papaya helps indigestion and improves in the bowel movement, which helps in passing stool easily. The fruit contains vitamin C, folate and vitamin E, which creates and tonic effect in the tummy and reduces motion sickness.(ALSO READ How to protect hair in winter using simple tips).

7. It improves digestion

The fruit contains papain, which plays a vital role in the digestion of proteins in the body. Papaya is one of the best home remedies t treat irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.

8. Normalizes irregular periods

Drinking papaya juice can help normalize the irregular period. You can also drink the juice of raw papaya for irregular menstrual cycle. Papaya produces heat in the body and stimulates the hormone estrogen, which induces periods.(ALSO READ How to get rid of blackheads: 9 homemade remedies to effectively remove blackheads from your face).

9. It fights inflammation

Papaya contains enzymes like chymopapaina nd papain, which reduces inflammation in the body. The antioxidants decreases the inflammatory markers in the body. many diseases are caused due to chronic inflammation and eating papaya will fight this inflammation.

10. It reduces acne

Papaya is very effective in treating many skin disorders. It can be used to treat acne. All you have to do is apply the fleshy part of the papaya skin on the affected area of your body. Eating the fruit will also make the skin clear. You can also obtain latex from papaya and apply it on the burnt area to reduce the marks.

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Published Date: March 23, 2017 7:25 PM IST