When I was growing up, there never was a dearth of fruits in our house. My grandpa, who was a hardcore fruit freak, made sure that there was always some fruit stocked up at home. The fruit bowl on the dining table was always full piled up with all sorts of fruits. Banana, guava, apple, orange, grape, pear, musk melon, pineapple, cherry apples … et al! Of all these, the banana was his favourite, and a part of his post lunch and dinner diet. Of course, any other fruit was welcome too. But the banana was a must. So as a child, I grew up eating fruits of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Though I relished and ate them all uncomplainingly, there were two fruits that I wasn’t particularly fond of. The papaya and the jackfruit – both of which were liked by my taste buds, but disliked by my olfactory senses. But over the years, as I grew, I learnt to adapt to their strange smells as I realized how immensely I was missing out on the many benefits of these versatile fruits.
In this post, I will give you a low-down on the amazing heath benefits of papaya. In fact, you’ll be surprised to know that every part of the papaya – the leaves, seed and flesh of the fruit has some intrinsic value.
Papaya power for the skin
• Papaya is an excellent face pack.
• It helps in getting rid of acne by opening up the pores.
• The enzyme papain in Papaya helps to dissolve dead skin and give a fresh, clean glow
to the skin.
• Raw papaya can treat ringworms as well. Raw papaya slices rubbed on the ringworm
patches will reduce inflammation.
• It’s a great remedy to reduce the aging signs on the face
• Mashed papaya can treat sore and cracked heels.
Papaya power for hair
• It can effectively control dandruff. Papaya shampoos are good for the hair.
• It can reduce hair thinning.
• The rich nutrients and enzymes help to remove dirt and grime from the hair.
• Papaya leafs can be us as a conditioner to dull and lifeless hair.
Papaya power for good health
• Papaya leaves can cure menstrual pain. A concoction of papaya leaf, tamarind and salt along with water helps in reducing menstrual cramps.
• The seeds and leaves can treat intestinal worms and detoxify the stomach.
• The high in fiber in papaya helps lower cholesterol levels.
• Papaya is low in calories and high in nutritive value hence it is an excellent option for those on a diet.
• It has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties
• It boosts the immune system immensely because of it high concentration of vitamin C and A.
Interesting to know
Christopher Columbus apparently called papaya ‘fruit of the angels’. The story goes that when his crew landed in America after a long and exhausting sea voyage, the native people welcomed the starved crew with an extravagant feast, which caused digestive problems. The natives then took the voyagers to the forest and fed them papaya and which instantly cured them.