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Health Benefits of Papaya

 Health & Lifestyle Desk

 Published: 12:14 PM, 5 January 2019   Updated: 12:18 PM, 5 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The papaya which fruit is extremely rich in Vitamin C has a wide range of health benefits making it a great fruit option to include in your diet. It's also loaded with antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, fight disease and help keep you looking young. 

Here are some of the top health benefits of papaya.

Prevents cancer  
Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids that prevent your cells from undergoing free radical damage. Some studies have also linked the consumption papaya to reduced risk of colon and prostate cancer.

Help reduce stress 
Papayas, the wonder fruit is rich in several nutrients like Vitamin C which can keep you free from stress. According to a study conducted in University of Alabama, found that 200 mg of Vitamin C can help regulate the flow of stress hormones in rats.

Help in weight loss 
Those looking to lose weight must include papaya in their diet as it is very low in calories. The fibre content in papaya leaves you feeling full and also clears your bowel movement making your weight loss regime easier.

Boosts your immunity 
Your immunity system acts as a shield against various infections that can make you really sick. A single papaya contains more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it great for your immunity.

Good for diabetics 
Papaya is an excellent food option for diabetics as it has a low-sugar content even though it is sweet to taste. Also, people who don’t have diabetes can eat papaya to prevent it from happening.

Great for your eyes 
Papaya is rich in Vitamin A which helps protect your vision from degenerating. Nobody wants to lose their ability to see due to diseases like age-related macular degeneration, and eating papayas will ensure that you do not see a day where you cannot see.

Protects against arthritis 
Arthritis can be a really debilitating disease and people who have it may find their quality of life reduced significantly. Eating papayas are good for your bones as they have anti-inflammatory properties along with Vitamin C which helps in keeping various forms of arthritis at bay. A study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that people who consumed foods low in Vitamin C were three times more likely to have arthritis than those who didn’t.

Improves digestion 
Papaya has a digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps improve your digestive health.

Helps ease menstrual pain 
Women who are experiencing menstrual pain should help themselves to several servings of papaya, as an enzyme called papain helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual periods.

Prevents signs of ageing 
Eating papaya daily may make you look 5 years younger than you are. Papaya is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps prevent your skin from free radical damage keeping wrinkles and other signs of ageing at bay.

Lowers cholesterol 
Papaya is rich in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent cholesterol build up in your arteries. Too much cholesterol build-up can lead to several heart diseases including heart attack and hypertension.

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