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Dec 03, 2020 By Pooja Singh

7 Reasons Why Papaya Should Be a Part of Your Winter Diet

Voyager Christopher Columbus once called it the ‘fruit of angels’; the papaya is a sweet tempting, vibrant coloured fruit that is a mine of health benefits. They can be found in various culinary dishes such as salads, shakes, smoothies, etc. This tropical fruit belongs to the Caricaceae family and is proven to have amazing health benefits.

Papain, an incredible ingredient found in Papaya has some miraculous properties. Papayas are a good source of folate, vitamin A, E, B & K, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid, fibre, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, potassium and lycopene. 

Fights cholesterol

Being a rich source of fibre, vitamin C and other antioxidants, papaya helps in decreasing cholesterol in the arteries. Lower cholesterol prevents the body from several heart diseases such as chances of stroke, hypertension or cardiac arrest. 

Improves digestion

Papain is a digestive enzyme that improves bowel movement and also removes toxins from the digestive tract and clears it. It also helps in relieving the stomach from constipation, bloating and other problems.

Immunity booster

With a heavy concentration of vitamin C, it helps in creating collagens and also deals with various ailments related to skin. Papaya is beneficial for diseases such as scurvy or anaemia. Consuming papaya on a regular basis gives your body the immunity to fight various diseases rapidly.  Eating the right amount of papaya also helps in generating WBCs in our body.

Benefits diabetic patients

While devouring this tasty fruit, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth and consume essential nutrients at the same time. Papaya is great for diabetes as it has low GI and high fibre that prevents the rise of blood sugar. 

Youthful skin

We all see papaya being wisely used by famous skincare brands in cleansers, moisturisers and what not. High concentration of vitamin C in Papaya helps in building collagen which further results in tissue binding. It’s also an incredible source of antioxidant, thus prevents the skin from ageing, wrinkles and keeps it glowing.

Comforts menstrual pain

Papaya can be a blessing in your painful days as it relieves menstrual cramps by helping the flow of blood. Papain, the enzyme found in papaya helps the smooth passage of blood from the uterus.

Weight loss tool No matter how much we long for it, but still there is no magical herb for losing weight except following a good diet and burning those nasty calories. However, including Papaya in your diet might facilitate this process and help in your weight loss goals. Since papaya is rich in antioxidants, minerals and has low-calorie count, it benefits in losing weight. Instead of going for crash diets and starving yourself, eat papaya and give your body the necessary nutrients it needs.