Pawpaw is one of the most popular and loved fruit in differerent parts of the world. However, it is important to note that raw or unripe pawpaw is not good for pregnant women and thus shoud be avoided by them.
The fact is that pawpaw, as a fruit, is being enjoyed for its sweetness across the world, but research is steadily showing that its delicious content is less important in comparison to its health benefits.
However, while the fruit is packed with nutritional value, other parts of pawpaw from its seeds to its peels, to its leaves and many more are also known to be very beneficial to our health. Some of these benefits include:
1 Great eye care: Papayas are rich in Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin and lutein, which keep the mucous membranes in the eyes healthy, preventing them from damage. Also, the Vitamin A in pawpaw helps prevents the development of age-related macular degeneration
2 Helps relieve menstrual pain: Although this might sound a bit strange, it is true. Women who experience menstrual pain should help themselves to several servings of papaya because there is an enzyme in pawpaw called papain. This papain helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual periods.
3 Anti-inflammatory effects: The enzymes present in papayas, especially the papain and chymopapain, reduce the inflammation in different parts of the body.
4 It lowers cholesterol: Papayas are rich in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries. Too much cholesterol build-up can block the arteries, causing a heart attack.