Have you ever noticed that papaya fruit is present in various medicines and skin care products? It might come as a shocking news that papaya and its juice is also known to aid in getting rid of cancerous cells.
So, how come it’s so beneficial?
Since ancient times, papaya juice has been used as a medicinal ingredient owing to its nutritional facts. Pack full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, fiber, enzymes and beta-cortene, the fruit is also known as the “the fruit of the angels”.
Making the papaya juice at home is extremely easy, read till the end for the bonus recipe and nutrition chart.
Let’s look into each of its wonderful benefits in details:
As mentioned above, papaya juice can help ward off cancer.
It is owing to the presence of high amount of fiber in papaya which seals the cancer-causing toxins from the colon cells. An ingredient lycopene in papaya also helps in its prevention.
The presence of antioxidants like lycopene and beta-carotene makes it difficult for the oxidation of cholesterol in the cardiovascular system. The cholesterol presence can otherwise cause heart and circulatory diseases. Vitamin C and E in it is also a great source of protection and maintenance of cardiovascular health.
It is a known fact that elevated homocysteine levels in blood can seriously damage blood vessels and is also known to cause heart diseases. Papaya is also rich in levels of a B vitamin: folate that helps in regulating the homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.
Heart strokes are also known to be avoided by it.
It is a very common practice to eat papaya fruit for curing digestive problems e.g. gastric problems, indigestions and constipation.
It is the presence of a digestive enzyme: papain that makes it easier for papaya to break down proteins and cleanse out the digestive tract. Thus, protein is not converted into body fat and is rather utilized by the body. This also prevents constipation, arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure; these diseases are otherwise the result of undigested protein in body.
Fiber in natural papaya juice can also minimize constipation.
The enzymes present in papaya can also remove acne, burns, spots, freckles and mild scars. They also ensure a glowing skin by dissolving deal cells.
Papaya also has known properties to get rid of sun tanning. Thus, it is often used in skin lightning creams and face masks. The presence of antioxidants prevents premature aging.
Vitamin C in papaya can also enhance skin firmness by increasing production of collagen. Collagen is an important body protein which helps in keeping the skin firm and youthful. Fine lines and wrinkles are definite outcome of too less production or damage of it.
Vitamin E, beta carotene, lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin in the papaya juice help protect body cells from the damaged caused by free radicals.
Having papaya juice as a snack or post workout drink can help you lose tons of weight quickly.
How is it possible?
Well, for a weight loss ingredient, it should be nutrient dense to help build stronger body along with helping in getting rid of excessive fat and other toxins.
Papaya juice detoxifies body and burns fat along with it. The added digestive benefits of it can help keep your weight loss journey on track.
By applying papaya juice on scalp directly, one can benefit from its moisturizing properties. It is also beneficial in getting rid of dandruff and dryness due to anti-fungal properties of papaya.
Folic acid in it also helps improve blood circulation in the hair follicles and thus drastically promote hair growth.
It is also a great hair conditioner due to the presence of vitamin A. It does so by helping body produce better sebum content, which is body’s natural oil that helps hair look naturally healthy.
Papaya juice can help fight with intestinal worms, parasitic infections and germs causing fungi and thus, intestinal infections and other complications associated with it can be avoided.
Carpain in papaya can kill certain parasites.
Vitamin C in papaya also helps in keeping our immune system stronger which again can better fight infectious cells.
Anti-oxidants like vitamin A & C and beta-carotene can help increase immunity and better protect the body against all diseases. Once the defense is strong, the body can fight against any illness and disease all by itself without even extra dosage of medicines. Juice from a single papaya contains over 200% of our daily vitamin C requirement (which is the best immunity booster) and thus taking it on a regular basis can build a stronger and healthier system.
Carrot is not the only fruit that can make our vision strong. Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin help in protecting the mucous membranes and preventing macular degeneration (which otherwise happens with aging). This degeneration can cause blurred vision and often blindness.
If you have too sensitive eyes or spend too much time with a computer or mobile, a carrot and papaya smoothie on daily basis can help protect your eyes.
Not only does the juice help in easing menstrual cramps, it is also very effective in promoting a regular flow.
Dr. Sadhna Singhal a Senior Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology claims that “Papayas help in regulating the menstrual cycles. Raw papayas contain a lot of heat that help in stimulating the production of estrogens in the body, which results in normalizing periods.”
Smoke from cigarettes can cause a lack of vitamin A and thus, greatly affect the body’s immunity system. Whereas, vitamin C when not supplied properly to the lungs reduces their ability to transport oxygen effectively to the entire body, causing lung infections and tuberculosis.
Papaya is believed to be an effective fruit for curing asthma, bronchitis, catarrah, osteoarthritis, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lung cancer and also cancer in smokers.
The high amount of vitamin A and C is responsible for the cures.
Inflammation or infection in throat is referred to as tonsils. Viruses and sometimes bacteria are the major causes of it. It is better to nip the evil in the bud, before the inflammation gets too sour we should get rid of it or avoid it by simple home remedies. One of the most common remedy is to take papaya juice with salt and vinegar. The papain in papaya has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that help getting rid of the infection.
Oxytocin hormones are responsible to regulate milk production in mothers. Taking green papaya juice can really boost their production and thus increase milk production as well.
Also, vitamin C in the juice helps recover from childbirth quickly and boost immunity of the baby.
Although, it is quite a sweet fruit but it still has a very low content of sugar i.e. 8.3 gm per cup and glycemic index. So, it is highly recommended for diabetic individuals.
Studies have shown that people suffering from type 2 diabetes who consumed fiber rich fruits possessed better insulin, blood glucose and lipid levels. And those with type 1 had lower blood glucose levels.
Papaya having high fiber content is definitely a best option. It is also recommended to eat papaya to prevent diabetes.
Moreover, the vitamins and phytonutirents in papaya juice also help in preventing heart problems in diabetics.
High vitamin K levels help increase calcium absorption along with decreasing its release through urine. It has also been proved that it modifies bone matrix protein. All these amazing benefits of vitamin K can be achieved by taking regular intake of papaya juice.
As promised, I am going to share with you the recipe (or should I say recipes) of papaya juice.
If you ask me, you should go with recipe # 1 as it contains higher fiber content. We have discussed in great detail how fiber can help in keeping your digestive track & colon healthy, reduce weight and keep diabetes at bay. Taking out only the juice from the juicer takes the fiber out. So, save your fiber and drink the whole thing!
If you are shopping for papaya juice, make sure to get the right thing because you might accidently land your hands on papaya nectar which lacks all the amazing benefits of papaya juice.
[This chart provides information about the fresh juice made from a medium papaya.]
Fiber……………………………………… 4.7 gm
Calories…………………………………. 120 calories
Carbohydrates………………………… 30 gm
Protein………………………………….. 2 gm
Vitamin C………………………………. 200% of daily need