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Is PAPAYA part of your diet?
These are its properties and benefits
Contains a high percentage of water, 89%, so it is low calorie.
Significant amount of Vitamin A
Boosts the immune system
Regulates the menstrual cycle, helps with placenta development and enhances the production of progesterone, precursor to androgen and oestrogen.
Helps modulate bone growth during bone remodelling.
Regulates the gene expression of multiple genes.
Essential for maintaining cell differentiation and the production of mucus, which protects the tissue and walls of the respiratory and digestive tracts.
Source of Vitamin C
Along with kiwis, it is the fruit with the highest content of this vitamin.
Powerful antioxidant: protects cell membranes.
Improves the absorption of iron contained in food.
Boosts the immune system.
Repairs tissue and improves growth.
Rich in folic acid
Produces red blood cells along with vitamin B12 preventing macrocytic and megaloblastic anaemias.
Helps the body to maintain and create new cells.
Strengthens the immune system.
Vitally important during pregnancy for DNA synthesis and the formation of the foetus’ brain.
Important role in digestion
It contains an enzyme called papain that has the ability to digest the proteins in food.
Rich in beta-carotene
It converts into Vitamin A. The body metabolises it and converts it to vitamin A when needed.
Boosts eye and skin health.
It helps with the formation and preservation of soft tissues, bones, membranes and mucous.
It helps the immune system to work properly.
Antioxidant properties delay cellular ageing.
Can reduce the risk of cancer.
Rich in potassium
A mineral that helps nerve function.
It participates in muscle contraction and helps keep a constant heart rate.
Along with sodium, it helps maintain the body’s water balance.
Potassium decreases the effects of sodium, helping the body to eliminate it and reducing blood pressure.
It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes and coronary heart disease in adults.
Rich in fibre
Regulates intestinal transit and fights constipation.
Lowers levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
Helps control blood sugar levels. Its natural sugar content is also lower than other fruits.
Marina López, nutricionista
Marina López Maymón
How can we tell when it is ripe and ready to eat?
Room temperature speeds up ripening, leave them together in the fruit bowl. Refrigeration slows down the ripening process, take them out of the fridge one hour before eating them so as to enjoy their texture and flavour better.
Recipes with Papaya
Juice of mango, mandarin and papaya
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