PAPAYA For Life!

by Jerem on May 11, 2013

The papaya is a fantastic superfruit with enormous health benefits. The papaya is grown in tropical climates around the world, however, they are most common in Southeast Asia and especially in the Phillipines and Thailand. Papaya is believed to have originated in southern Mexico and Central America. There it is known as “Pawpaw.” It should not be confused with the North American Pawpaw that is indigenious to the north eastern United States. Though they share the same name, the two are not related.

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There are 3 different varieties of Papaya trees. There is the male papaya tree which is identified by its elongated bell flowers that look like trumpets. The female papaya tree has flowers which are white or yellow. They are large but short giving the follower a stocky appearance. Female papaya trees bear papaya fruits after they are pollinated. The third type of papaya tree are both female and male and pollination can happen on the same tree.

Papayas are high in fiber and rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, folate, Riboflavin and vitamin C. The adult Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin C can be achieved by eating one medium sized papaya as well as almost 30% RDA of folate and 800 mg of potassium.

In addition, they are a great source of minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium that helps prevents colon cancer. They also are rich in papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins in meat, dairy and nuts. This enzyme is also found in pineapples and watermelons.

It contains another type of enzyme called arginine an excellent treatment for erectile dysfunction. Papayas also contain beta-cyrptoxanthin that helps fight cancer, phytochemical lycopene, that can also be found in tomatoes.

Papaya can also be a great seasoning for food. Papaya seeds have a sharp, spicy taste and are a great alternative to black pepper. The seeds are dried and ground before use then sprinkled on food like pepper.

The leaves of the Papaya can be steamed and eaten just lie spinach. They can also be dried and used to make a tea. Papaya tea is used in many parts of the world as a prevention for malaria.

Papay also makes a fantastic acne treatment. Mash ripe papaya fruit with a fork, mix with a tablespoon of lemon juice and apply it to your face like a mask for 30 minutes.

Many parts of the world also use papaya for treating worms and other parasites. Mix one warm water with one cup of dried ground papaya seeds. Take a teaspoon of this mixture two hours after dinner. It works.

Other fantastic uses of papaya: Drinking boiled papaya flowers or ground seeds promotes healthy menstruation cycles. A spoonful of male papaya flowers mixed with honey is a great cure for hoarseness or sore throat. Consuming Green tea and papaya together may reduce the risk of prostate cancer for men.

Papaya is sweet, but is not high in sugar, which is good for diabetics. It is low in calories, which is great for those people who are in strict diet.

And of course, papaya is great to just eat because they taste so good. Papayas are usually eaten raw when ripe, washed and sliced with the seeds removed. A squeeze of lemon juice on top adds to the flavor. And if you’ve never had a papaya smoothie, you are missing one of life’s great joys. In the Philippines papay is also a used as a common ingredient in fruit salads, stews, and a side dish called “atsara” or papaya relish.

So eat your papaya. Your taste buds and your body will thank you for it.

 

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