When Columbus discovered America, also discovered papaya. A tasty and nutritious tropical fruit that calmed the indigestion of the navigator and his crew after the delicious feast. They have since spent more than five centuries and, despite some more than proven digestive properties, the fruit of the papaya tree in Spain does not yet enjoy the popularity of other family members.
The market opens with caution in its path, while nutritionists recommend daily consumption of fruit called Cubans pump. In papaya brings together the essential minerals like potassium, calcium and sodium, vitamins A, B, C and D, dietary fiber and a small addition of fat.
Are such benefits on the body that the natives of Costa Rica and Mexico known as the tree of good health, a medicine capable of curing almost all diseases. "This is a fruit that comes in handy multiple applications throughout the world," said Dr. Ignacio Bachiller, president of the Society of Phytotherapy Asturiana.
Besides facilitating digestion, Carica Papaya (as it is known in Latin) relieves pain and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and eliminates the parasites that are installed in the intestine. Its use is recommended both for hypertensive and for those who are anemic or suffering from rheumatism and bladder.
Its properties beyond, as also is very effective in cases of heart failure and tachycardia crisis. That yes, prescription and for a period not exceeding five days. It should also highlight the healing effect of this fruit and can be used in cases of gastric ulcers, and the possibility of extracting from within quimiopapaína, used for treatment by intradiscal injection of disc prolapse.
The papaya has an appearance almost round, greenish yellow, with soft flesh and black seeds. It is extracted papain, a powerful enzyme which owes its virtues to facilitate digestion and that is suitable to soften the meat and cleanse infected wounds. This substance is also characterized by a laxative effect and is found both in the leaves of the plant, and the green fruit, especially in the seeds, especially when ripe.
When the seeds are fresh, also contain a compound called carpasemina, which has a destructive action on various parasites. Thanks to its unique taste, this substance is highly appreciated in gastronomy, in salads, as in cocktails, sauces and desserts. Papaya can also be combined with fruit or meat and is especially required for the production of creams, mousses and juices.
Knowing the multiple properties of the papaya, it is necessary to be aware of how the most of them out. We must consider that the best is always take the fruit as nature provides, however, look for anti-inflammatory action, may be interesting to preparations with a larger amount of papain.
What one must keep in mind is that should not be exceeded at the bare, as the outer part, which is just below the skin, is the highest concentration of vitamins. In juice, papaya also retains most of its properties, but loses much of the fiber.
Some specialists say that the juices behave the same way as the whole fruit and remove toxins from the digestive tract, boost the immune processes and prevent premature aging of cells. Not for nothing is the way chosen by most people for the consumption of fruit, although its development is more work to eat the entire piece.
The latest research concludes that include two glasses of juice in the daily diet reduced by 30% the likelihood of strokes and some cancers in adults, prostate, bladder, esophagus and stomach, for example-also could be avoided.
In recent years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has placed particular emphasis on promoting consumption of foods rich in vitamins A, C and E. Papaya has one of the first places in this area, but experts warn that emphasis should be on a particular food. In Spain we have the oranges, the most popular and abundant. Or kiwis.
The WHO warning also to the fact that very few people include fruit in their diet because of the discomfort that is peeling and recognizes that there is still a tough battle to win in this field. For papaya, the melee will be even longer, since they must first overcome cultural barriers that take precedence over national product.
It is not enough to have become, according to most nutritionists, "one of the most important food plants of the world.
Papaya is a vitamin-rich food that is highly beneficial in the following cases:
- It streamlines internal and external scarring
- Improved heart rate
- Digests dead protein, not getting that influence the operation of other
- Reduces intestinal inflammation
- It helps maintain healthy skin
- Defends the body against allergies and infections
- It acts as a mild laxative and combats constipation
- For the smooth functioning of the liver and pancreas