We all know that papaya is delicious to eat. But, do you know it can be used to treat dengue? Packed with nutrients, papaya reduces inflammation and fights diseases.
By Monali Bordoloi
Rajiv Das likes to eat papaya a lot. He can have papaya any time of the day. One day when Rajiv Das falls ill and is tested positive for dengue, his family members panicked, except him. Next day, Rajiv went out early in the morning and came back after collecting some papaya leaves. To his family's surprise, he informed them that papaya leaves are often used as a cure for dengue.
When Padmaja Kaushik was diagnosed with diabetes, the first thing she did was remove sweet papaya juice from her breakfast as doctors advised her not to eat sweet food. What she didn’t realise was that the sweet papaya is full of fibre and in fact very good for diabetics.
Here are 10 benefits of consuming papaya:
According to Priya Kathpal, a leading nutrition consultant of Chennai, “Papaya is a very a popular fruit for its easy availability, affordability and for its great taste. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. It also has anti-ageing and skin-healing properties.
Traditionally, papaya leaves are used as a cure for dengue. Dengue is an infection where the blood platelets counts drop dangerously. Dengue patients are asked to drink the extract or juice from the leaves of papaya leaves to increase the platelet count.
Case studies have indicated that the extract or juice of papaya leaves contain some enzymes named chymopapain and papain which help boost platelets count in dengue patients and relieve symptoms. Papaya leaf extract preparations are available in the form of capsules and liquid formulas. About 20-25 ml of papaya leave juice is recommended twice a day for a week for a quick increase in platelet count. However, papaya leave juice may lead to stomach upset in some cases, it’s better to start it in small quantity and increase it gradually.”
The enzyme papain in papaya is helpful in breaking down protein, which in turn helps in digestion. Since long, papaya is used as a solution for constipation. Because of it protein-breaking powers, papaya is also used as a meat tenderiser.
Papaya has many healthy antioxidants which are easily absorbed by our body. These beneficial antioxidants fight and reduce inflammation in the body. It has also been used to treat ulcers as it helps in healing wounds and burns.
Papayas are widely used in beauty regimes for its ability to keep our skin looking toned and radiant. The beneficial antioxidants in papaya help our skin fight sun damages. It is a good protection against wrinkles too. Rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene, papaya prevents your skin from free radical damage and thereby delays signs of ageing.
Even though papaya is sweet, it has a low glycemic index. Studies found that eating raw papaya help maintain blood sugar level because of its high fibre content.
Papaya without worry as papaya is low in calories and therefore proves to be a superfood for weight loss. A serving of 140 grams of papaya contains only 60 calories, with total fat 0.4 gram and no cholesterol, 15.7-gram carbohydrates and 2.5-gram dietary fibre.
The considerable amount of dietary fibre makes one feel full for a long time, ideal for weight-watchers. It helps in good bowel movement too.
The dietary fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants present in papaya together prevent cholesterol build up in arteries. Thereby preventing serious diseases like heart attack and hypertension.
It is said that papayas are good for bone health as they have anti-inflammatory properties along with Vitamin C. These properties help in reducing the risk of developing various forms of arthritis at a later stage.
Vitamin A, which is present in papaya, is required to protect our vision from age-related degenerating.
If you suffer from period pain, have a large serving of papaya. Papaya is a very good remedy for menstrual pain and cramps. The enzyme called papain present in papaya helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual periods thereby reducing pain and cramps.
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