I still remember tall papaya trees growing in my backyard with ripe papayas waiting to be savored. My mother used to scoop out the papaya flesh sprinkle some sugar and ice over it. It tastes heavenly on a warm summer afternoon. Papaya was called as the fruit of the angels by Christopher Columbus.
The angelic fruit not only tastes good but is also quite healthy. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also rich in fiber and folic acid. It promotes health by protecting against heart diseases, increases digestive health, has anti-inflammatory benefits and supports the immune system. Papaya protects against age related macular degeneration. A combination of green tea and papaya keeps prostate cancer at bay.
The leaves, seeds and milk of the papaya tree are used to treat intestinal worms. Sound amazing is it not? Raw papaya ensures regularising menstrual irregularities. It alleviates irritable bowl syndrome. It is good for stomach ulcers and prevents constipation due to its fiber content. It is rich in antioxidants and is highly beneficial for people suffering from asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It would be healthy and wise if papaya pops its pretty head on your plate.
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