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8 benefits of papaya

8 benefits of papaya

Papaya is a tropical fruit of great original size of Mexico and cultivated in various regions of the world, as the Canary Islands. Nutrients are rapidly absorbed sugars primarily (the more the more mature is the fruit). The contribution proteins It is low, as is often common in fruits- and its fat content is low. Thus it differs from oleaginous fruits, They are contributing mainly fat.

Given this premise, but in response to nutrients papaya and quantities found, Experts rate the properties and benefits of this fruit in particular.

1. It is a good diuretic (water)

Being a pulpy fruit guy has plenty of water, around the 90 percent. Thanks to this high percentage of water is an excellent diuretic.

2. Increases natural defenses (Vitamin C)

"Papaya provides Vitamin C in such increased quantities that 100 grams of food cover one hundred percent of the recommended daily allowance for an average adult. It contributes even more vitamin C than oranges!"", Vanesa says Leon Garcia, member of the Press Committee of the Association of Nutritionists-Dietitians of Madrid (Addinma).

Among the benefits of this vitamin points:

• Ayuda a aumentar las defensas naturales del organismo.

• Favorece la formación de collagen (structural protein par excellence).

• Activa la absorción del iron.

• Tiene efecto antioxidante frente a los radicales libres.

3. Improves skin health (Vitamin A)

Papaya covers 25 percent of the recommended this nutrient for an average adult daily allowance. A nutrient that improves skin health, mucous and immune system.

As Leon says, beta carotene is the main precursor of Vitamin A in the body. Among its benefits melanin synthesis added, natural pigment of the skin that helps promote tanning and protects from solar radiation.

4. antioxidant (lycopene)

"More important than vitamin A in papaya is lycopene", Luis Miguel Luengo says, member of the steering committee of nutrition area of ​​the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN).

"The lycopene explains- It is a carotenoid that helps coloring papaya and has antioxidant effect ".

5. Prevention of cardiovascular diseases (flavonoids)

Another compounds is the flavonoid cryptoxanthin, that "acts as an antioxidant against free radicals, responsible for premature aging of cells ", indicates León.

"The flavonoids continues- protected from oxidation of cholesterol LDL, so they help prevent cardiovascular disease ".

6. Restoring acid-base balance of the body (minerals)

Papaya contains minerals As the football, the magnesium, the potassium and phosphorus, that help restore the acid-base balance of the body. Luengo states that provides a somewhat greater amount of magnesium and potassium, "Although no more than other plant species".

7. Improves constipation (fiber)

Lion recognizes that other fruits provide more fiber, but despises the two grams of fiber per 100 grams of food provided by the papaya. Luengo emphasized that "has to take into account that are recommended 14 grams of fiber per 1000 kilocalorie diet, papaya and provides about three times what we must provide an average food to reach the target recommended fiber ".

"Fiber helps improve intestinal transit time, improving constipation. Helps control glucose and blood cholesterol and makes these components are absorbed more slowly into the blood. Hence speculate with the possibility that protect against colon cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases ", adds León.

8. Aids digestion of proteins (papain)

There papain in papayas, an enzyme that helps the digestion of dietary protein.

Leon adds that "there are some preliminary in vitro studies suggesting that the mixture of the components of the papaya (especially when not ripe, but green) They can help slow the growth of certain bacteria that cause intestinal diseases, I mean, It has bacteriostatic ".

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