Fruit of the Angels: Papaya

Papaya health benefits include fighting inflammation, a good source of antioxidant, helps heal wound faster, delays the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, decreases the risk of heart disease, helps fight cancer, supporting digestive health, and protect against skin damage.

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Papaya is a large elongated fruit with a texture similar to a melon. When ripe, the flesh and the skin are the same orange to red color. The flesh contains black seeds which are bitter tasting. It is affectionately called the “fruit of the angels”.

Papaya is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes (lycopene), vitamin C (103% Daily Values), vitamin A (22% DV), vitamin E (4% DV) and vitamin K (3% DV) (1).

It also contains high levels of folate (10% DV), fiber (7% DV), potassium (3% DV), calcium (2% DV) and magnesium (2% DV). The percent daily values are calculated on 100g of papaya (1). It contains the digestive enzyme, papain, as its main active compound.

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