Papayas grow in tropical climates. Its sweet taste, vibrant colors and wide variety of health benefits are just a few of the reasons to add them in your diet. The properties of papaya include a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aid in digestion, improve control of blood glucose in diabetics, lowering blood pressure and improving wound healing.
Properties of papaya
In the properties of papaya lay a lot of benefits significant for our health. But one of the most sought benefits is that is effective for weight loss. If you do want to look better and skinnier, then you should include this fruit in your diet, or in your mornings.
Besides helping for weight loss, it improves the muscle skin too, letting you with leaner and toned body. Papaya is a very good muscle protector. Many athletes consume papaya to keep their muscles younger and longer. An increased portion of this fruit (three or more servings a day) has also been shown to decrease the risk of any disease and progression of age-related muscular degeneration.
Other properties of papaya
As for digestion, in the properties of papaya is an enzyme called papain which helps in digestion and can be also used as a meat tenderizer. Papaya is also high in fiber and water content, which helps prevent constipation and improve overall digestion. It is very effective for healing the skin. When used topically, papaya pure appears to be beneficial in stimulating the healing of deep wounds and preventing infection of burned areas.
Researchers believe that the enzymes that contain papaya and papain are responsible for its beneficial effects. Ointments containing the enzyme papain have also been used to treat decubitus ulcers or bedsores.
Papaya is very good for heart protection. By aiding in the improvement of muscles in general, it also affects the muscles of the heart. Therefore a stronger and more energetic heart is achieved. This makes it ideal for athletes who have a great demand of the cardiac system.
The ideal amount of consumption of papaya is one or two fruits per day, although you can go alternating with other fruits that are from the same family to enhance the results.
With the properties of papaya, you can heave a healthy and astonishing figure. What follows are a few suggested recipes you can definitely make at home. It does not matter if you are a very busy person or not, because these are very easy and quick to make.
If you are a smoothie fan than this recipe is perfect for you!
- 1 cup peeled and diced papaya
- 1 banana
- 1 tbs honey
- 50 ml. low fat milk
- 1 tbs green lime juice
In a blender put papaya, banana and honey and mix it all well, until it becomes smooth. Add milk and green lime juice and mix it with a tablespoon, or you can also use the blender again.
This is perfect if you need a healthy meal at work, because simply you can put it in a cup “to go” and you are ready.
When you lack energy, it is perfect to make a salad and to regain some vitamins. The next salad is perfect as an afternoon snack or when you want something sweet.
- 1 Papaya
- Slice of watermelon
- 1 Peach
- Cacao chocolate sauce (by choice)
Peal the peach and papaya and slice the watermelon in small pieces. Put every fruit in a a bowl and put walnuts if you prefer. You can also add anything else by choice. Garnish the bowl with fruit with cacao chocolate sauce and it is ready.