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Papaya Healing Facts

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As a native to Central America, the papaya is a tropical fruit with a soft consistency and sweet taste. The papaya became a favorite of Spanish and Portuguese explorers, who spread the fruit to subtropical lands including India, the Philippines and regions of Africa. In the twentieth century, papaya was brought to the United States and has been cultivated in Hawaii since the 1920s.

Nutritional Highlights:

  • Papayas are a great source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamins, and flavonoids.
  • They are also a source of folic acid, vitamins E and A, potassium, and dietary fiber.
  • A 3½-ounce serving contains about 39 calories.

Health Benefits:

  • Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that helps the body digest proteins, and can help treat conditions such as indigestion, chronic diarrhea, hay fever, and allergies.
  • Papayas can also help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other diseases associated with free-radical damage.

To enhance the flavor of the papaya, sprinkle it with fresh limejuice and enjoy it as is. Add papaya to fruit salad, or even carve a divot in a papaya and fill it with fruit salad. A delicious dish is to combine diced papaya, sliced cooked chicken breast, onions and cashews with soy mayonnaise for a tropical chicken salad. Papaya is also a great addition to any salsa, adding a depth of flavor to the spicy condiment.

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world’s top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

Michael T. Murray

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

Michael T. Murray

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

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Angie Mtz
Angie Mtz 5pts

Love this fruit, showed my kids different ways to eat it. From spicy to shakes

Elizabeth Escobar
Elizabeth Escobar 5pts

Always have it in my house. It also makes great shakes and sherbert

Sarath  Dassanaike
Sarath Dassanaike 5pts

Papapaya is a popular home grown fruit in SRI LANKA. most homes in their/ our garden. as said above, it is a medicinal fruit.  May be introduced during Portugese  landed and ruled our coastal belt by the year 1505 for 100 yrs. When our own Sinhalese Buddhist Kings ruled major part of the Country Ceylon- Sri Lanka.. We call it 'Gas labu' or 'Papol'. grown in commercial basis also. we add it to fruit salads, eat ripe  sprinkle of lime juice,or add raw pieces to beef curries to get flesh soft, also milk  for soap making  emanates from raw fruits. in Aryuveda prescribes for many ailmentsin Sri Lanka 

Erika Maria Nelson
Erika Maria Nelson 5pts

Good fruit for your body, we make a shake with it and drink it every morning.

Yaya Andre
Yaya Andre 5pts

Good luck finding a Non GMO papaya in states.

Altagracia Gamio Viera
Altagracia Gamio Viera 5pts

I love this fruits is one of my favorite is really good it's amazing how much vitamins it has

Ewa Cerven
Ewa Cerven 5pts

Thank you for all your post I could not resist to pass it on to educate others happy day

Julian Croker
Julian Croker 5pts

sad they`ve destroyed its real value thru GMO!!

Geri Lynn
Geri Lynn 5pts

Papaya is only healing if you're NOT allergic! :-)

Gautam Sonara
Gautam Sonara 5pts

Papaya contain richest sourse of pactin which is used to healing the wound and prevent bleeding from And other it contain digestive enzyme which help the weight reduction of body