Few people realize what a wholesome and nutritive fruit the papaya is. It has more carotene when compared to other fruits such as apples and guava, custard apple, plantains. The ripe papaya fruit contains large quantities of carotene. Papayas are high in ascorbic acid content (vitamin C) and the flesh is very high in vitamin A. There are also small amounts of calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin present in papaya. It is low in calories and sodium, and high in potassium. Papaya is a common man’s fruit which is reasonably priced and has a high nutritive value. This fruit is available throughout the year. Like the banana tree nearly every part of the papaya tree is said to be useful and of medicinal value.
Papaya aids in digestion
Papaya contains a protein digesting enzyme called ‘papain’ and hence one of the best foods for digestion. The juice of the unripe fruit is used in the preparation of various remedies for indigestion and in the manufacture of meat tenderizers.
Papaya in cosmetics
Papaya fruit pulp and the dried latex is the basic component of many facial creams, salves and shampoos. The skin of the ripe papaya can be refrigerated and later used to wash one’s face. The people of Java Island have a clear skin which they credit to papaya.
Papaya is anti-cancerous
Papaya has been found to have anti-cancerous properties and also helps in prevention of gallstones.
Papaya in weight loss
100 gm of ripe papaya contains only 32 kcal. The comparative low calories content make this a favorite fruit of obese people who are into weight reducing regimen.
Papaya for diabetics
Papaya is one fruit despite its sweetness is not contraindicated in diabetes.
Papaya to remove corns and warts
Touch the hardened skin or the corn/ wart with the milky juice oozing from the papaya leaf tip to soften it. Refer Feet-Pamper them for more home remedies on removing corns.
Papaya in delayed periods
Eating the green unripe papaya is effective in the case of delayed periods. Aloe vera syrup is also an effective remedy.
Papaya to ease swellings
The juice of raw papaya, being an irritant, can be applied to swellings to prevent suppuration.
Papaya in respiratory disorders
The latex is useful in respiratory disorders like cough, bronchitis and breathlessness.
Papaya to cure chronic ulcers on skin
Mix some butter in the juice of papaya and apply for quick drying and healing of long standing ulcers.
Papaya for healing wounds
The skin of the papaya is a first class external treatment for skin wounds and surgical incisions and other places which do not heal quickly. The pulp from the juicer can be used for this and as a poultice.
Papaya as an antidote for hypertension
The liberal amount of potassium in it helps in checking blood pressure and improving mental alertness.
Papayas provide protection against heart disease
The nutrients in papaya help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Only when cholesterol
becomes oxidized is it able to stick to and build up in blood vessel walls, forming dangerous plaques that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.
Papaya boosts the immune system
The beta-carotene in papaya, is needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya is therefore, a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds and flu.
Papaya for better eyesight
Eating 3 or more servings of this fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
Papaya is good for skin
Intake of papaya reduces the effects of stress and strain of modern life on skin. The enzyme papain acts as an exfoliative agent and removes dead cells and lifts away the dry skin. The antioxidants in papaya control premature ageing of the skin, thus imparting a youthful look.
Papaya face pack for pimples, blemishes and freckles
Apply finely ground paste of raw papaya on the face for 15-20 minutes. It is beneficial for pimples, freckles and other embarrassing blemishes besides making the skin smooth and soft.
Papaya face pack for dry skin
Mash a small section of papaya; mix it with one tsp of milk cream (malai). Apply on the face for 15-20 minutes. Then wash it off. This pack is very effective for dry skin.
Category: Cosmetic value of vegetables, fruits, herbs etc.
See also: Know your skin type / Lemon as a beauty aid / Milk for health & beauty / Buttermilk for beauty / Aloe vera, the wonder herb / Cucumber for beauty and health/ Banana-Medicinal and Cosmetic value / Essential Oils/ A brief profile of Essential Oils / Beauty Masks for a glowing complexion