By Adelowokan Andrew Tobiloba
There are so many things we don’t really put into seriousness in our surrounding, just because it has always become a normal thing. The only thing many people know about the pawpaw fruit is its botanical name ‘Carica papaya’ , and that’s all about it to prove to someone else as knowledge of the fruit. It really gave me a shock when some people were asked about the uses of the pawpaw fruit they eat, and all they could say is the claim that since it’s a fruit created by God, it must be body-nourishing. Not only the fruits are benefitting, there are even so many benefits about the leaves, seeds, root and even the tree bark. In fact, the ripe pawpaw has its own benefits, likewise the unripe also its own benefits. Cooking the fruit to eat is even another great beneficial factor. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that the ‘papaya’ has itself:
- Enriched with nutrients
The pawpaw, according to research is able to serve as anti-oxidant, preventing oxidative stress caused during metabolism that eventually leads to some kinds of disease. This is due to the nutrients present therein. Seeing below, for a small pawpaw of 152 grams;
Common name: Pawpaw
Botanical name: Carica papaya
Original sites of growth: Central America, Southern Mexico and many other parts of the world
Shape: Oval and similar to the shape of a pear
Size: 51 cm(20 inches) long
Skin color: Green when unripe and orange when ripe.
Flesh color: White when unripe. Yellow, orange or red when ripe
Seed: small, many, black, edible and bitter
Protein: 1 gram
Calories: 59 cal
Carbohydrate: 15 grams
Fibre: 3 grams
Potassium: 11% RDI
Vitamin B9 (Folate): 14% RDI
Vitamin A: 33% RDI
Vitamin C: 157% RDI
Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamins (B1, B3, B5, E and K): Trace
The papaya has enough nutrients which makes it very beneficial to an individual’s health and much contribution to one’s health status, if adequately taken.
- Treatment of digestive problems:
Naturally, eating the pawpaw fruit is a correct, accurate and adequate cure of any digestive or gastro-intestinal issues like constipation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and even heartburn. Naturally, the pawpaw is not just a fruit, but a medicinal fruit specially created by God. In fact, the pawpaw is able to kill intestinal worms, and thereby avoid infections and complications that are associated with them.
- Relief of Toothache
If any problem is noticed in the teeth or in the gum such as pain in the tooth, an individual can take the roots of the pawpaw plant, get a fresh paste from it and then rub on the teeth and the gum. This will serve as toothache relief for home remedy. In fact, another excellent tool for the toothache home remedy relief is the bark of the plant, especially the inner bark of the plant part, as it gives accurate relief to problems associated with tooth.
- Loss of weight
Apart from the fact that the pawpaw fruit is so nutritious and can even be served as a meal from time to time, it is also important that the pawpaw is a very useful tool for those that want to lose weight, as it naturally gives vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. It is advisable to always take a bowl of pawpaw fruit as a snack in the morning or in the evening.
- Care of the skin
It is a really surprising factor that the pawpaw is able to serve as skin treatment like the healing of sunburn, irritated skin, and wrinkles formation. The pawpaw can even be used to massage the face in order to remove dead cells.
There are so many more importances of the Crica papaya which we neglect, but above are few of them.