7 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT PAWPAW
Pawpaw is a tropical fruit (Carica papaya)with smooth skinned fruits that vary widely in size and shape. Its fruits are green when unripe and yellow to orange when ripe.
It is a short lived perennial, bearing a lot of nutritional relevance. Pawpaw fruit is embedded with a lot of vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamins A and K, Alpha and Beta carotene, Zeaxanthin, Folate, Panthotenic acid, Magnesoium, Calcium, Lutein,Lycopene, Protein, Fibre and a whole lot of others.
Written below are seven amazing health benefits of Pawpaw that will blow your mind and make you go "Pawpaw hunting":
1.Prevention of chronic and terminal diseases
Pawpaw is rich in the antioxidant beta carotene which is large doses, by continued consumption of pawpaw, is effective in the prevention of prostrate cancer and asthma.
2.It is good for maintenance of eye health
Pawpaw contains zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that maintains eye health and can ward off macular degradation (blurred vision that results as a result of either genetics or age).
3.Management of diabetes
It is high in fiber which controls type 1 diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels, and type 2 diabetes by improving lipid and insulin levels.
4. Pawpaw contains choline which aids muscle movement,improves memory, improves sleep,maintains structure of cellular membrane and assists fat absorption. Hence, it is ideal in rectifying insomnia problems as well as weight issues.
5.Pawpaw is useful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases due to its high fibre and vitamin K content.
6. Pawpaw contains a special enzyme, papain which aids digestion and is useful in tenderizing meat.Also, its high vitamin K and calcium content is good for bone health.
7. Pawpaw is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A is necessary for serum production which improves skin and hair. Vitamin C on the other hand is necessary for building and maintaining collagen which provides structure to skin.