Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Recipe for Happiness – Papaya’s on My Mind

Happiness is defined as a state of mind that is totally up to you to find. No one can give it to you, but a little papaya can help. This versatile fruit is not only delicious to eat, but has many medicinal properties. It is low in calories and high in nutrients.

Papaya contains natural fiber, carotene, vitamin C and essential minerals. Papaya also contain enzymes like arginine and carpain. Arginine is essential for male fertility and carpain is considered to be good for the heart. Throw a little sex into the health benefits and that will make you smile! Happiness is a state of mind.

Papayas are native to Central America and are an important part of the diet throughout Latin America. Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought the papaya back to Europe, as well as, to many other countries including India, the Philippines and Africa. Christopher Columbus called this fruit “the fruit of angels” 

Today the fruit has been cultivated in Hawaii, which is the major United States producers of papayas. Mexico and Puerto Rice also are major players in the papaya game.

Although papaya is rich in Vitamin C, is a natural fiber and contains many other valuable nutrients it is the papain, a remarkable protein-dissolving enzyme that eases many stomach ailments and is an exceptional digestive aid. It can stimulate appetite, as well as, quell that queasy feeling from motion sickness or morning sickness.

Papaya is an excellent fruit for the digestive system. Not only does it help us digest food, but it can relieve indigestion, calm an upset stomach and keep the bowels moving. Because the papain in papaya breaks down the protein fibers in meats, it is often used in restaurants to tenderize meat.

Now when it comes to beauty just pack ripe papaya on your face and let the papain go to work removing acne, dead skin and give you a healthy glow. Many beauty products use papain, but you can make your own facial by simply cutting and blending a ripe papaya and leaving on the skin for about fifteen minutes.

Keeping you healthy, the Vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper functioning of a healthy immune system. Papaya is a great healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds and flu.

Papaya has also been shown to improve health functioning, be an anti-inflammatory for rheumatoid arthritis and to help support bone health. It protects against macular degeneration and promotes lung health. Tastes good, is versatile and supports your health from head to toe; happiness is a papaya state of mind!

Doctor Lynn

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