Papaya Fruit - Good Tasting And Good Medicine
Good medicine is supposed to taste bad, but papaya fruit is a definite exception. Papaya fruit is of course not usually thought of as being a medicine, but rather as a delightful snack or desert dish. The papaya has a sweet, slightly musky taste. It is a very soft fruit, as compared to pears or apples for instance, and is of course a tropical fruit.
Once Scarce, Now Common - There was a time when papaya fruit was considered to be somewhat of an exotic fruit, and you had to travel to an exotic land, such as a Caribbean island or Hawaii to sample the fruit. Of course, you would take an instant liking to it and then return and have to go without. Thanks to today's speed of shipping and refrigeration, we can find papaya fruit in the marketplace virtually any month of the year, partially do to the fact that the papaya tree bears fruit almost continuously. If you would like to sample papaya, look for a fruit resembling a very large pear, about 8 inches long and weighing a pound or so, though papayas over twice that size can sometimes be found. The flesh of the papaya ranges from an orange-yellow to orange-pinkish color, but as fat as the taste is concerned the color isn't particularly significant.
Chock Full Of Vitamins and Minerals - Papaya fruit is very nutritious, being rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and several B vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Papaya is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus, as well as being an excellent source of fiber. On a list of healthiest fruits one can eat, papaya fruit ranks among the leaders.
The Benefits Of Papain - So, what about the medicinal value of papaya fruit? Papaya contains a digestive enzyme called papain, as well as an enzyme called chymopapain. These are protein digesting enzymes, and protein digestive enzymes help keep a number of potential health problems and disorders at bay. Protein digestive enzymes also have curative powers although as is the case with most fruits, eating one or two papayas will not give you a particularly potent dosage. Fruits are very good for us when included in our diet, and are much more useful in preventing problems than in curing them. Still, the papaya can be said to have some valuable medicinal properties. The fruit contains a number of powerful antioxidants and is known to be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels. Papaya is also said to rank right up there with carrots as far as benefiting vision is concerned, in fact there are those who claim papaya is even better for us than is the nutrition-packed carrot.
Yellow Fruit Is Good Fruit - Yellow and orange fruits in general are rich in anti-oxidants, with only some of the "blue" fruits such as the blueberry ranking higher in this category. Yellow fruits generally are considered to be good for the cardiovascular system, and while claims of preventing cancer must usually be taken with a pinch of salt, yellow fruits like papaya are considered to provide a certain degree of protection against certain cancers.
Eat, Drink, And Be Healthy - The list of potential health benefits and medicinal properties of papaya fruit is fairly long, but for most of us it's sufficient to say that a few slices of papaya fruit, or a glass of papaya juice, will give us the peace of mind we get when we eat or drink something that tastes very good, while at the same time we know it to be something very healthy indeed.