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The Benefits of Papaya

Did you know the tropical fruit named papaya is full of benefits for the body? No wonder they said, "Let food be your medicine." This exotic fruit, papaya, tastes good and provides plenty of important nutrients.

Papaya can help soothe your upset stomach with its unique enzyme, Papain, that helps break down protein. The enzyme in the Papain can also help soothe the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

When it comes to your heart papaya is loaded with antioxidants, plus vitamins C, E, A and beta carotene that can prevent bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. The oxidized LDL will stick to artery walls causing plaque that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Papaya is rich in fiber and potassium, an important mineral that will control your blood pressure.

The B vitamin will counteract Homocysteine , a substance that can damage your blood vessel walls so that you may be at risk for a heart attack. It also protects against pancreatic cancer, as reported in a recent Swedish study. Is the fruit going to cure you? No. However, if you want to, you can change your lifestyle by adding some fruit to your menu. Next time you pass by the fruit stand, grab a papaya. It is light in weight but it carries a ton of benefits. By implementing all these nutrients, you are feeding all the cells in your body. As the hair cell is the fastest growing cell, rest assured your hair will be shiner and healthy-looking.  *** Avoid papaya if you are taking any blood thinner medications. The Papain in papaya can increase the effect of these medications.

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