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What are different health benefits and side effects of eating papaya.

Papayas is a pear shaped tropical fruit and than be as long as 7 to 20 inches. This fruit is available in the market throughout the year, but most abundant during the summer. The flesh is deliciously sweet with a musky undertone, and its texture has a soft melting quality. Ripe papaya flesh is a rich orange color with either yellow or pink hues.
The inner cavity contains a wealth of black round seeds, encased in a gelatinous-like substance. Some sources say that these seeds can be used as a black pepper substitute when ground, or that they have a de-worming effect.
The nutritional highlight of papaya is a proteolytic enzyme called papain which is an excellent aid to digestion. This enzyme is so powerful that it is said to digest an amazing 200 times its own weight in protein.

Health benefits of Papaya

– A papaya face pack can also be made using the fruit. Papaya is a product from nature which is used in many skin lightening creams
– Papaya is an ideal choice of fruit for those who are suffering from digestive ailments and dyspeptic patients since it is easily digestible and ideal for weight losing since it has high fibre, nutritious,low calories and enriched with water content.
– Papaya is a fruit high in fiber which lowers cholesterol levels. Papaya contains antioxidants which prevents the cholesterol from oxidizing.
– Papaya contains a high amount of potassium and the flesh of papaya is very high in Vitamin A.
– Papaya seeds and leaves are useful in treating intestinal worms found in the body.
– The skin of papaya is excellent for treating skin wounds and places that do not heal quickly.
– Regularly consuming papaya helps to relieve morning sickness and nausea.
– Papaya has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-cancerous properties.
– Papaya is very good for those who frequently suffer from cold, cough or flu because intake of papaya boosts the immune system.
– Papaya is also very good for the hair and helps in controlling dandruff.
– Raw papaya also helps in reducing menstrual irregularities for women.
– Slices of green fruits rubbed over meat and boiled with tough meat, make the meat more tender.

What are the side effects of papaya?
– Even though papaya is enriched with vitamin A and C, and a small amount of Calcium and Iron, but if eaten in excess, it can cause the yellowing of palms and skin known as carotenemia.
– Scientists have found that the black seeds of papaya contain, in traces, a toxic substance called carpine. Carpine in large quantities is said to lower the pulse rate and depress the nervous system.

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