The Health Benefits of Papaya

Nutrients Enriched Fruit
Nutrients Enriched Fruit

Papaya, high in nutrients and anti-oxidants, is native to Southern Mexico and Central America.  It’s also called papaw, pawpaw, and mugua.  The latex of the fruit, Papain is  an enzyme that enhances digestion by breaking down tough protein fibers.

Nutritional Value of Papaya

The nutritive value per 100g of the ripe fruit as per the USDA(The United States Department of Agriculture) National Nutrient database

  • Carbohydrates – 43 Kcal
  • Protein – 0.47g
  • Total Fat – 0.26g
  • Cholesterol – 0mg
  • Dietary Fiber – 1.70g

Vitamins

  • Folates – 37Aug
  • Niacin – 338mg
  • Pantothenic acid – 0.218mg
  • Pyridoxine – 0.038mg
  • Riboflavin – 0.027mg
  • Thiamin – 0.023mg
  • Vitamin A – 950IU
  • Vitamin C – 60.9mg
  • Vitamin E – 0.30mg

 Electrolytes

 Sodium – 8 mg

Potassium – 182 mg

Minerals

  • Calcium – 20mg
  • Iron – 0.25mg
  • Magnesium – 21mg
  • Phosphorus – 10mg
  • Zinc – 0.08mg

Health Benefits of Papaya

  • Immune Booster

Fresh ripe Papaya is an excellent source of Vitamins. Consuming papaya daily increases your immunity level. The reason behind this is the presence of Vitamin C and other nutrients in the fruit.

  • Improves the Anti-Inflammatory actions

The papaw fruit has anti-inflammatory properties. Rich in Vitamins the fruit maintains your mucus membranes, slows down the aging process and is also excellent for improving the vision.

  • Regulates heart rate and Blood Pressure

Papaya is rich in potassium and calcium which regulates the body fluids and cells. It regulates the functioning of heart and reduces the effect of sodium in blood. Thus, lowering the risk of high blood pressure.

  • Natural Remedy for Many Ailments

The seeds of this fruit have proved to be natural remedy for many diseases such as anti – parasitic, ringworm infections, and stomach ache.

Papaya has so many health benefits that it is suggested that you add it to your regular diet at least a couple of times in a week.