1. Skin Protection – Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and carotenoids like beta-carotene & lycopene. These help to protect your skin against free radicals which are known to lead to wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. The enzyme papin in the flesh and skin of papaya fruit actually breaks down dead skin cells and helps to promote skin renewal when used topically on the face or body. It may also be used to help wounds in healing, burns, and even assist in the treatment of skin problems like acne, blemishes, and age spots.
2. Improves Digestion – The enzyme, papin, in papaya (especially the green fruit) can improve digestion by breaking down proteins into their invidiual amino acids. In fact, this enzyme is so good at breaking down proteins its commercial use is as a meat tenderizer!.
3. Prevents Heart Disease – The antioxidants, along with Vitamin C & E, can help reduce the oxidization of cholesterol in your arteries. Increasing your intake of foods high in antioxidants help improve blood flow and potential blockage of arteries from plaque. Papaya is also a rich source of fiber able to lower LDL (undesirable) cholesterol levels in the blood by inhibiting its absorption during digestion.
4. Good for the Eyes – Papaya contains good levels of two special compounds called lutein and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients are concentrated by your body in the macular region of your eyes. they provide protection against both UV and high energy blue light that can cause damage to our eye’s retinas and are involved in fine detail perception.
5. Cancer Prevention – The rich antioxidant content of papaya are particularly beneficially in reducing your risk of developing cancer. These enzymes can digest the fibrin protein layer of cancer cells that usually surrounds and protects them. This can potentially leave the cancerous cells more susceptible to the body’s immune system.