The Versatile Power of the Papaya

The papaya is a power-packed fruit with more health benefits than you might imagine.

1. Vitamins C and A

Papaya fruit has more vitamin C than an orange, and 1 cup has 144 percent of vitamin C

The fruit also has 31 percent of vitamin A, which is important in red blood cell production.

2. Reduces Arthritis Pain

The presence of papain and chymopapain in papaya is in part responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of the fruit. The reduction of inflammation reduces pain at the joints.

3. Reduces Menstrual Pain

Papain may also help reduce the pain of cramps and regulate flow during a woman’s menstrual cycle.

4. May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

Papaya is one of the richest food sources of folate you can purchase at the grocery store. Folate is important in the reduction of homocysteine levels in your body.

Homocysteine is an amino acid associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. Lowers Blood Sugar in People with Diabetes

Fermented papaya fruit may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Also keep in mind that this effect was due to fermented papaya. If you have diabetes, you’ll want to consume fresh papaya only in moderation because it is relatively high in fructose.

6. Improved Digestion

Papain is a digestive enzyme that aids in the breakdown of proteins. People living in the tropics have long used papaya to aid in the treatment of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. The fruit is and the high fiber content may improve your intestinal health.