This is what happens to your body if you eat papaya every day

It is a local fruit available throughout the year in Spain, with great benefits and recommended for daily consumption.

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Originally from Mexico, papaya is already cultivated almost everywhere in the world. The one consumed in Spain comes from the Canary Islands, and from the southeast of the peninsula, where it has a great success that has been spreading throughout the peninsula, thanks to its multiple benefits. Humidity and heat are essential for its growth, therefore, thanks to the Spanish climate, This fruit can be consumed all year roundaccording to the fruit calendar of the Organization of Consumers and Users.

“It is known as the fruit of angels for its sweet flavor and its unctuousness similar to butter, ”explains María Carmen Japaz, dietician and nutritionist, to EL ESPAÑOL. It has a high nutritional value and contains more vitamin C than oranges.

It is diuretic

Papaya is 90% water so it is diuretic, thus helping to prevent fluid retention and kidney problems such as kidney stones. Furthermore, this property helps remove sodium from the bodycontrolling blood pressure and avoiding dehydration of the body.

take care of your eyes

Among the antioxidants that papaya has, is zeaxanthin, which gives it the orange color that characterizes it. This pigment is found in the macula of the eye and, according to several studies carried out by the University of Tufts, Massachusetts, in the USA, it is believed that prevent damage that leads to macular degeneration age-related, leading cause of visual impairment and blindness.

According to other research, these nutrients are related to reduction of the negative effects of blue light of digital screens on sight, as this macular carotenoid is a natural filter for high-energy blue light.

Prevents wrinkles and cares for hair

Papaya has a high nutritional value, highlighting its rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids, vitamin C, as well as B vitamins and folic acid. In addition, it provides 25% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, which contributes to the maintenance of skin, hair, the immune system and mucous membranes. “At the skin level, it contributes to the healing of wounds and minor burns, and due to its high antioxidant power, it reduces pain, inflammation and edema,” says the expert.

Helps with weight and digestion

“Papaya provides few calories and being so rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, it is a food that can be consumed daily to maintain a comfortable and healthy weight”, highlights Japaz. In addition, thanks to the papain enzyme (named after him), it promotes proper digestion. “It also has a proteolytic action, similar to trypsin or chymotrypsin produced by the pancreas, helping with the digestion of proteins”, underlines the nutritionist.

Also has a tonic effect on the stomach helping to neutralize acidity. Being thus highly recommended for patients with dyspepsia, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation (associated with its richness in fiber), abdominal inflammation and gas. This fruit is also a great ally for digesting red meat and very fatty or heavy foods, favoring the regularity and health of the digestive tract.

Prevents asthma and cancer

Several studies indicate that people who consume foods rich in beta-carotene, such as papaya, broccoli, apricots, carrots or pumpkin, have a lower risk of developing asthma. These antioxidants are also responsible for preventing prostate cancer among younger menAccording to research published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers. “Similarly, papain can dilute sinus mucin, a glycoprotein found in mucus. This is especially important for people who suffer from sinusitis and recurrent congestion, “says the expert.

Take care of your heart and your defenses

Papaya is rich in potassium, fiber and vitamins that prevent heart disease. A diet high in potassium and low in sodium is key to preventing cardiovascular accidents and keeping high blood pressure at bay. “This fruit also strengthens the body’s defenses, due to its antioxidants. This together with vitamins A, C and E, strengthens the immune system and helps prevent various diseases associated with oxidative stress”, says Japaz.

Appreciated for its nutrients, benefits and sweet taste, papaya is a highly recommended food to take daily, as long as you do not have an allergy to latex or diarrhea, since it is a powerful laxative. In addition, as it is also grown in Spain, it is a local fruit available throughout the year.

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