Native to southern Mexico and now grown throughout the tropics, it’s rumored that Christopher Columbus once called the Papaya the “fruit of the angels.”
But papaya is more than just a tasty treat. As it turns out, research into the fruit has uncovered many potential health benefits that come from regularly enjoying it. Here are the most commonly cited benefits:
- Due to a high concentration of the digestive enzymes papain and chymopapain, which are unique to the fruit, papaya offers valuable support for calming an upset stomach and speeding digestion – especially the digestion of protein. Green, or unripe papaya, contains the highest levels of these enzymes.
- Papaya also contains significant amounts of vitamin C, E and beta-carotene which can help reduce inflammation and support healing from minor burns.
- Ripe papaya juice has been seen to ease constipation due to it’s high water and fiber content.
- Papaya can be helpful in preventing morning sickness and motion sickness.
- Papaya seeds are sometimes recommended for expelling intestinal parasites like worms. This can be especially valuable in a tropical climate.
I enjoy using ripe papaya in my smoothies. Another way I love to eat papaya is simply blended up with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a drop of lemon essential oil. That one, I serve over ice.
By the way, if you can’t easily get papaya, you may look into using papaya enzyme capsules. They are available at most health food stores and do a lot to support good digestion.