Christopher Columbus called the papaya ‘the fruit of the angels’, it was that delicious. Exotic in nature, the papaya is not unlike most fruits nowadays and is freely available in most supermarkets, all year round.
The main nutritional content in a papaya is papain, which is an enzyme that helps with digestion (of proteins). But this delicious tropical fruit also contains a long list of vitamins and minerals, and other amazing nutrients to help protect the body, and to help it function in a modern world.
Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Papaya
Papaya also has exceptional quantities of vitamin C. It is a good source of vitamin A, copper, magnesium, and pantothenic acid. Papaya also contains vitamin E, K, and B vitamins, antioxidants alpha & beta carotene, lutein, lycopenen and zeaxanthan, and the minerals calcium and potassium. Papayas are low in calories, and supply a good amount of fiber and some protein.
Papayas are associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. They also help to prevent and relieve constipation, benefitting the digestive system.
Papain is an important naturally occurring enzyme, which is actually more abundant when the fruit is still green. It not only helps digest proteins in the gut, but it can also help reduce inflammation in other parts of the body, and it can help skin burns to heal quicker.
Combine the nutrients of a papaya with the health benefits of maca, in a smoothie, and you have a perfect super-food boost for your whole body.
Papayas can help with:
- Heart disease
- Promote immune support
- Macular degeneration
- Fight cancer cells
- Skin health
- Healthy colon
- Morning sickness
- Kidney and liver problems
Here is How to Make a Papaya and Maca Smoothie
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 cup frozen papaya
- ½ cup of plain yogurt
Tip: Try swapping some of the yogurt for coconut milk for twist of flavor.
Whack all of the ingredients in a blender, flick the switch and hey presto!
. Papayas make a good addition to smoothie recipes.