Health Benefits of Green Papaya (Pawpaw)

The health benefits and of green papayas, also known as pawpaw.

1. Papayas come from the genus Carica and are native to southern Mexico, but are now grown all over the world in tropical countries.

2. Unripened green papayas have some fantastic health benefits which can aid your body in many different ways.

3. Green papayas contain many more live enzymes than the ripe version of the fruit. These including papain and chymopapain.

4. These enzymes help to break down food in the body, including carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

5. Green papaya can help you to lose weight, and boost the digestive system. This regulates both Irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.

6. Papain has also been shown to reduce skin allergies such as heat hives.

7. The fruit also contains Vitamin C, A, folate, fibre, magnesium, potassium, copper and pantothenic acid.

8. If you have diabetes, eating green papaya can reduce the glucose levels in the blood by increasing insulin synthesis naturally.

9. Christopher Columbus called these “the fruit of the angels”, as they are well known for their delicious flavour and buttery consistency. 10. The vitamins in this fruit will help to protect your heart against heart disease, by preventing oxidation of cholesterol.

11. Like most fruits, green papaya is anti-inflammatory. We recommend adding papayas and other healthy fruits to your diet to soothe pain in many areas of the body.

12. This particular fruit can help with asthma, back pain, neck pain, arthritis, water retention, headaches, and many more inflammatory problems. 13. The beta carotene will help your immune system to function at its best and ward off invaders such as a cold or flu infection.

14. The potassium helps to regulate fluid within the cells of the body overall, making you feel more grounded and healthy.

15. Studies have also shown that green papayas can protect you from macular degeneration. This is particularly great for those middle-aged who wish to protect their eyes.

16. Ladies who suffer from a lot of menstrual pain may find that eating green papayas will help to soothe the pain.

17. The fibre within green papaya fruit will bind toxins and protect your colon from cancer.

18. We recommend making an ice tea using green papaya, guava and watermelon. You can simply slice these up and add to a jug of water. Let them sit in the refrigerator overnight to infuse and drink.

19. You can also mash the fruit into a paste and apply to the face to remove pigmentation. Be sure to let it sit on the skin for at least 15 minutes before washing.