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Whichever way you slice it, golden papaya is a healthy fruit

Nine reasons to eat papaya: For starters, this golden tropical fruit is rich in Vitamin C but it also has many other health benefits.

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Papaya – or pawpaw as it is called in South Africa – is a fruit rich in Vitamin C and it has many other health benefits as well. In fact, there are many reasons to indulge in a slice of two of sweet, juicy papaya this winter.

A delicious and healthy tropical fruit, papaya is rich in antioxidants that can help to fight disease and inflammation.

Nine health benefits of papaya:

1. Lowers cholesterol

Papaya is rich in Vitamin C and fibre as well as antioxidants that can help to prevent cholesterol build-up in your arteries. Bad cholesterol can lead to heart disease, so eating papaya may help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and hypertension. Vitamin C is good for your immune system which helps to protect the body from illnesses.

2. Weight loss

Because papaya is low in calories and rich in fibre it will leave you feeling fuller for longer so you may not feel the urge to snack as much.

3. Great for your eyes

Papaya is rich in Vitamin A which helps to protect your vision from degenerative eye conditions like macular degeneration.

4. Improves digestion

Eating papaya daily improves digestion and can add to the relief of constipation and other symptoms of painful irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS.

5. Protects against skin damage

Papaya can help your skin to look toned and youthful. The plentiful vitamin C and lycopene in papaya may defend your skin from developing wrinkles as well as help combat sun damage. Papaya can also be mashed and applied to burn wounds to prevent infection and to promote healing.

6. Promotes bone health

Papaya is a great source of vitamin K which promotes calcium absorption, which in turn is needed for  stronger and healthier bones.

7. Good for diabetics

Papaya is a suitable choice for diabetics as it contains lots of fibre yet has a relatively low sugar content, which may lead to more stable blood sugar levels.

8. Promotes hair health

The Vitamin A found in papaya is great for keeping your hair in good shape. This vitamin is also necessary for the growth of other body tissue such as your skin.

9. Anti-inflammatory

The vitamins and antioxidants in papaya can also work to prevent chronic inflammation.

When you are next looking for fresh fruit, remember these nine benefits. A slice of this golden fruit is good for your skin and hair, promotes digestion, treats constipation, promotes bone health and can help to prevent heart disease. What’s not to love about healthy and tasty papaya?