I still remember tall papaya
trees growing in my backyard with ripe papayas waiting to be savored. My mother
used to scoop out the papaya flesh sprinkle some sugar and ice over it. It tastes
heavenly on a warm summer afternoon. Papaya was called as the fruit of the
angels by Christopher Columbus.
The angelic fruit not only
tastes good but is also quite healthy. It is an excellent source of vitamin C
and a good source of vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also rich in fiber and
folic acid. It promotes health by protecting against heart diseases, increases digestive
health, has anti-inflammatory benefits and supports the immune system. Papaya protects
against age related macular degeneration. A combination of green tea and papaya
keeps prostate cancer at bay.
The leaves, seeds and milk of
the papaya tree are used to treat intestinal worms. Sound amazing is it not? Raw
papaya ensures regularising menstrual irregularities. It alleviates irritable
bowl syndrome. It is good for stomach ulcers and prevents constipation due to
its fiber content. It is rich in antioxidants and is highly beneficial for
people suffering from asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It would
be healthy and wise if papaya pops its pretty head on your plate.