Papaya contains the carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene, which have been shown to protect the eyes from free-radical damage, and lower the incidence of many cancers.
If the names people call you say anything about your character, then papaya is worth getting to know a little better. Christopher Columbus called this dense food, “the fruit of the angels,” and, in our modern day, has been dubbed with the honorable title, “nutritional masterpiece.” Homero Levy de Barros, president of Caliman International, says, “for people who know the nutritional makeup of fruit, certainly the papaya would be in the top three of almost everyone’s list.”
Originating in Central America during the sixteenth century, papaya got the attention of the Portuguese and Spanish explorers, and they spread this angelic fruit to many of the subtropical lands. Today, the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico are the main commercial producers.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Papaya Juice
Stimulates Digestive Enzymes
Protects From Eye Diseases
Papaya Juice Nutrition
Per calorie, papaya contains as much vitamin C as oranges; one cup, or 55 calories, has 144% of your daily need of vitamin C and 31% of vitamin A. Papaya is also an excellent source of folate and a good source of potassium and fiber when eaten.
Papaya Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Folate Acid
- Fibre (when eaten)
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Papaya Juice
The papaya plant is the only natural source of the papain. Because this enzyme works as a natural digestive aid, able to break down protein and cleansing the digestive track, it is used in dietary supplements and meat tenderizers. Papain can also help improve indigestion, hay fever, and chronic diarrhea.
In addition, papaya contains the carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene, which have been shown to protect the eyes from free-radical damage, and lower the incidence of many cancers.
Preparing for Juicing
If you have a strong juicer, you can juice the whole fruit—peel, seeds, and all. Though the seeds contain an array of nutrients, they can add a bitter taste to the juice. A firmer fruit will juice better; if the papaya is too ripe, the juice with be very thick and more suited to creating smoothies.
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Papaya Juice Tips
Some people find that papaya irritates skin and eyes, so avoid touching eyes while juicing, and always wash your hands after handling papaya.
Picking Perfect Produce
Papaya should have some yellow color, which is an indication of ripeness. Green fruit will soften when left on the counter for a day or two. Spotted papayas, somewhat like bananas, are sweeter even though they do not look pretty.
Storing Your Produce
Will store in the refrigerator for only a few days.
Papaya added to orange or apple produces a tasty combination.
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