Papayas Health Benefits
Papaya (Carica papaya) is a very nutritious tropical fruit and is considered a medicinal tree. It has phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and ascorbic, malic and citric acids. It also contains fat, vegetable albumin, alkaline salts such as potash, carbohydrates, and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C and D. It is rich in potassium, calcium, folic acid, proteins and sugars. Two hundred grams of papaya provide the daily requirements of vitamin C. It also contains water and is rich in fiber.
Papayas belongs to the sweet fruit family and is considered the fruit that best helps food digestion. It has two highly curative substances: papain and papaverine. Papain, in infusion, is diuretic and aids the digestive system. Papain is a digestive par excellence. It is called the vegetable pepsin. Papain is extracted from the milk that sprouts from papaya when it is green. Papain is a very strong enzyme that can dissolve food; similar to the function of saliva. In addition, it is used as a meat tenderizer.
Papaya seeds have bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Ground or chewed, help the expulsion of worms and other intestinal parasites and are beneficial in cases of dysentery caused by amoebas.
Papaya leaves can be applied in warm plasters over purulent wounds to clean and help heal the skin.
Papaya flowers are good for cough and bronchitis. For this an infusion is prepared in boiling water, honey is added and allowed to cool. The infusion of flowers has febrile and pectoral properties. They contain an enzyme, the chymopapain that is being used in cases of herniated disc.
Papaya must be eaten ripe. It is recommended for people with digestive problems. It relieves intoxications and purifies the body. If consumed daily normalizes difficult digestion as it acts on the salivary glands, liver, vesicle, cures intestinal inflammation and helps to cure ulcers.
This fruit has healing properties in cases of jaundice, pallor, diabetes, asthma, cough and pulmonary tuberculosis. It is believed that it can cure the scars left on the lungs by tuberculosis.
Tea made with ground papaya seeds, is a remedy against worms, gases, belching and regulating menstruation. They are also used in cases of colitis and inflammations of the colon in general. For this purpose it is recommended to consume 6 papaya seeds in the morning, chewing them well. Repeat this every 3 hours during the day, until bedtime.
Chewing 10-12 fresh papaya seeds, helps cure liver disease and facilitates bile secretion.
To eliminate toxins and renew the digestive system eat papaya for a day.
- Papaya milk is used to eradicate chiggers.
- Papaya is said to have contraceptive properties.
Table of nutrients:
100 grs. of raw portion
|Vitamin B2 (mg)||0.1|
|Vitamin C (mg)||71.0|
|Vitamin A (mg)||28.4|