by Koon Yew Yin
Papaya is a good source of fiber and vitamin C, which can help ease constipation by increasing the amount of water in your digestive tract. It also has a laxative effect because it contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins found in meat and fish. According to a 2023 article on MSN, papaya for constipation is a safe and effective remedy.
Papaya is a tropical fruit that is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. It has many health benefits, such as improving skin, reducing oxidative stress, and aiding digestion. Here are some of the nutritional facts and benefits of papaya, based on the results from my web search tool:
- One small papaya (152 grams) contains 59 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 0.4 grams of fat, 0.7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of sugar1.
- Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 157% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) in one small fruit. Vitamin C is important for immune function, collagen synthesis, and wound healing1.
- Papaya also contains vitamin A, folate, potassium, magnesium, and other micronutrients that support various bodily functions1.
- Papaya has powerful antioxidant effects, which may reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of several diseases. Papaya contains carotenoids, especially lycopene, which can neutralize free radicals and protect the cells from damage2.
- Papaya has an enzyme called papain, which can break down the tough protein chains found in meat. Papain can help tenderize meat and improve digestion. Papain may also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties2.
- Papaya may have anticancer properties, as some studies have shown that it can reduce oxidative damage to DNA, inhibit tumor growth, and induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.
- Papaya may improve heart health, as it can lower cholesterol levels, prevent oxidative damage to lipids, and improve blood flow.
- Papaya may benefit skin health, as it can promote wound healing, reduce signs of aging, and treat skin infections.
Papaya is a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be eaten raw, cooked, or blended into smoothies, sauces, or sorbets. However, unripe papaya should always be cooked before eating, as it contains latex that can cause allergic reactions or uterine contractions in pregnant women. Papaya is also contraindicated for people who are allergic to latex, papain, or other fruits in the same family, such as mango, pineapple, and kiwi.
Papaya seeds are good for you
Papaya seeds are edible and have many health benefits. According to some studies, they may help with the following:
- Fighting infections caused by fungi or parasites
- Protecting kidney function and preventing kidney damage
- Reducing joint inflammation and pain
- Lowering weight and cholesterol levels.
- Relieving menstrual pain and regulating menstrual cycles.
It is advisable to consume papaya seeds in moderation and consult a doctor before using them for any medical purpose. Papaya seeds are slightly bitter and peppery in taste, so you can try mixing them with honey, yogurt, or smoothies to mask the flavor. You can also dry and grind them to use as a seasoning.