The papaya, also sometimes known as paw paw, is the fruit of Carica papaya, a plant native to the tropics of America. This plant was first cultivated in Mexico, and is gaining increased popularity over the world thanks to its many uses.
It is an important agricultural export for developing countries, and is a rich source of many important nutrients. One of the most common uses of this fruit is its application in the meat tenderizing industry, where the enzyme papain, which is a component of this fruit, comes to use, and breaks down tough meat fibers.
- When applied topically on the skin, papaya pulp can act as a wonderful face pack- it helps the skin get rid of acne and other infections. The papain extracts present in this fruit give the skin a healthy glow and dissolves dead skin cells.
- Rich in fiber, papaya could help lower down blood cholesterol levels. Papaya also contains certain enzymes that help prevent oxidation of cholesterol and thereby prevent heart attacks.
- Low in calories in high in important nutrients, papaya is a great food option for those looking to lose weight.
- It is believed that papaya consumption may help prevent constipation thanks to the papain enzymes, which boosts natural digestion.
- The seeds of papaya are thought to be a good natural treatment for dealing with intestinal worms.
- The vitamin A and vitamin C content of papaya is what makes it a good food to strengthen the natural immunity of the body
- Some studies have found that papaya contains important anti-inflammatory properties which make it a good natural treatment for those suffering from osteoporosis, edema and arthritis.
- The anti-carcinogenic properties of this fruit can help guard the body against cancer.
- Papaya extracts are also found to be an effective natural remedy for those suffering from morning sickness and nausea.
- Menstrual irregularities can be dealt with by consuming papaya.
- Some studies have also found that papaya could increase contraceptive ability in adult males.