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What Are The Health Benefits Of Papaya?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the health benefits of papaya?  Papaya has anticancer and antioxidant effects and the Vitamin C and lycopene in it can help promote a healthy heart.

The Nutrition Facts of one small papaya are:

Calories: 59

Carbohydrates: 15 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Vitamin C: 157% of RDI

Vitamin A: 33% of the RDI

Folate (Vitamin B9): 14% of the RDI

Potassium: 11% of the RDI

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There are small trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, B5, E and K. Your body absorbs the antioxidants of carotenoids better than most fruits and vegetables.

There have been some studies that have shown that fermented papaya can reduce oxidative stress in older adults and people with prediabetes, hypothyroidism, and liver disease.  Some research has suggested that lycopene in papaya can reduce the risk of cancer.

Research studies has suggested that a tropical fruit like papaya that has lycopene and Vitamin C in it can prevent heart disease.

Inflammation

Studies have also shown that fruits that are a powerful antioxidant like papaya can reduce chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation comes from people that consume a high number of unhealthy foods. Eating fruits and vegetables which is a dietary fiber such as papaya can help with that and improve digestion.

There was a study that showed that people who took papaya showed an improvement in constipation and bloating.

Skin Damage

Lycopene has been shown to reduce skin damage in women in numerous studies. One study showed that supplementing lycopene for 10 to 12 weeks decreased sun redness after sun exposure. Another study in older women showed that when they consumed a mixture of lycopene and Vitamin C for 14 weeks, they had a significant reduction in depth of facial wrinkles.

“Papaya is a fruit that has a high number of antioxidants and anticancer effects that can assist with reducing a lot of chronic diseases.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is papaya is a fruit that has a high number of antioxidants and anticancer effects that can assist with reducing a lot of chronic diseases. The Vitamin C and lycopene in papaya can also helping with promoting a healthy heart.

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