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Papaya Fruit Benefits

by Mark Ament on 30/09/2010

in Nutrition,Raw Food,Super Foods

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.”

papaya benefitsNot surprising, given the sweet, juicy taste and creamy texture of papaya.

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.

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