Papaya, known as “Erandakarkati” in Ayurveda, is a low calorie juicy fruit rich in vitamin C and A. The fruit as well as other parts of the plant (such as seeds) are edible and known to have medicinal properties.
Papaya is beneficial for skin due to its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants such as vitamin C help reduce inflammation and fight against various diseases by strengthening the immunity. Papaya pulp can be applied as a facial mask to help reduce pigmentation, acne and wrinkles on the skin.
In Ayurveda, the juice of Papaya leaves is known to inhibit the growth of dengue virus and increase platelet count. The daily intake of Papaya helps promote digestion and provide relief from constipation as well as hyperacidity due to its laxative property. Papaya also helps in healthy functioning of the heart due to the presence of potassium, fiber and vitamins which in turn helps in the management of high blood pressure. In the food industry, Papaya is used to tenderize meat as it contains an enzyme called papain that breaks down proteins.
Excessive consumption of Papaya must be avoided as it may cause flatulence and loose motions. Papaya latex might also cause irritation and blistering on skin, due to which hypersensitive people are generally advised to consult a doctor before taking it.
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