This brightly coloured orange fruit has a sweet-tasting flesh, which along with its seeds and leaves, have been used for centuries in herbal medicine. Eating papaya provides your body with numerous health benefits – papayas are high in Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K which promote collagen and healthy skin, plus there’s research that shows the fruit helps to reduce inflammation.
Papayas provide over 200% of your daily Vitamin C requirement and as Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, they’re great for keeping arthritic joints cushioned and lessening wrinkles. As this delicious fruit has an extremely high fibre content, consuming papaya regularly also helps to reduce cholesterol, as consuming a diet rich in fibre results in decreased levels.
Papayas definitely earn their place in the top 10 of nature’s anti-ageing miracle foods not least because of their tremendous antioxidant power. The continual build up of oxidative stress from free radicals as we age, increases the chance of developing age-related conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, as well as degenerative disorders like Alzheimer.
But researchers found that the papaya helps to combat this oxidative stress due to its scavenger effect on free radicals – and it also provides an effective antimicrobial action against inflammation-causing bacterial pathogens in the gut. Papayas are a tasty, healthy addition to any fruit basket and they’re great to eat on their own, as a sweet addition to a salad, or baked in a dessert. As they are so versatile, affordable and easy to purchase, we think they make a fabulous addition to any anti-ageing diet!