The first papaya trees were discovered in 1541, when a Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, sent samples of the plant during an excursion in the Mississippi Valley.

Would you be able to mention some benefits of papaya? This tropical fruit not only has a delicious and sweet flavor but its consumption could be very useful for our health. Below we show you not only its properties and nutrients but also 7 incredible benefits of papaya. Keep reading and discover them all!

Characteristics of Papaya:

1. Properties of papaya

The magazine EFE Health highlights some basic properties of this tasty dish:

  • It is a powerful digestive and anti-inflammatory.
  • It has analgesic abilities.
  • It has detoxifying, diuretic and depurative characteristics.

2. Nutrients of papaya

The two most basic nutrients of papaya are:

The papain: According to Vademecum, it helps to digest proteins, it is a digestive and anti-inflammatory stimulant.

Carpaine: Which could help us to facilitate the digestion of very heavy meats and foods.

3. Types of papaya

There are around 50 different types of papaya in the world, however, in general, they could be classified into the following:

Golden: It is a small presentation that weighs between 400 and 600 grams.

Hawaiian: It has a light bulb shape and its flavor is sweeter than the rest.

Papayón: Its size varies from 1 to 5 kilos, it is characterized by reddish pulp and its shape is cylindrical.

7 benefits of papaya

Next, we will see 7 of its most outstanding benefits:

1. Control the weight

We have already talked about papain. Well, this could help the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

2. Ideal for diabetics

Papaya juice may also help reduce blood glucose levels, as it accelerates the regeneration of beta cells and, in addition, increases the synthesis of insulin (especially green papaya).

3. Improves digestion

On the other hand, the benefits of papaya are to improve digestion. Similarly, some of the nutrients in papaya such as papain could also improve the digestive process. Also, they would allow the body to eliminate excess toxins.

4. Combat constipation

In addition to all the properties we have mentioned, papaya is rich in fiber, which is responsible for absorbing water and improving the consistency of feces.

5. Accelerates healing

As for the skin, one of the enzymes that stand out is the protease, helping the wounds heal faster. In addition, it provides nutrients and vitamins that improve the condition of the skin and reduce inflammation.

6. Improves breastfeeding of mothers

On the other hand, according to Nutritionist Julio Basulto, papain is responsible for improving the function of the endocrine system. This increases milk production in women who are breastfeeding.

7. Decreases menstrual colic

Finally, when consuming papaya they could increase the levels of oxytocin and prostaglandin, that is to say, hormones that cause uterine contractions in women. Therefore, these would be responsible for reducing the pain.

N.B. This Content republished on the writer’s own website: on November 12, 2019. 

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Dr. Mithun Chowdhury has completed his M.B.B.S and M.D (Doctor of Medicine) at Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine in 2015. He has completed his MRCP in the United Kingdom. He is a Senior Medical Officer at Supreme Diagnostic Centre and General Hospital. He is also the co-founder of it. He is deeply experienced in Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Food, Human Lifestyle, and Diabetics treatment. So, he is interested in writing about these types of topics regularly as a general health practitioner. He is also a researcher of Medical Science at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences Dhaka. His favorite quote is "Think twice before doing something."


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