Health & Wellness
8 Surprising Ways Papaya Benefits Your Health
It’s no surprise that fruit is a healthy addition to your diet, but papaya goes above and beyond. Learn how a serving of papaya benefits your health and beauty routine.
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The secret to young, glowing skin? Vitamin-rich papaya. The fruit is full of good-for-you nutrients and antioxidants (like beta-carotene) that help fight wrinkles. Treat your skin with a homemade face mask. Just mash together ripe papaya, lemon juice and honey until you achieve a spreadable consistency. Apply to your face and let sit for 15 minutes.
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Encourage Hair Growth
Full of folic acid, papaya can help stimulate hair growth. Speed up the process by applying the fruit directly to your roots. Mix together ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey and ½ cup of mashed papaya in a blender. Apply the mask liberally to your scalp and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.
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Feel like you’re coming down with a cold? Add papaya to your diet. One fruit has more than a day’s recommendation of vitamin C.
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Reduce Cancer Risk
Papaya is rich in lycopene, a pigment that can help fight cancer risk. Plus, the fruit’s anti-inflammatory powers and antioxidant-rich flesh promotes overall well-being.
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Keep Your Eyes Sharp
Vitamin A is critical for keeping your vision sharp, and papaya is a good source of the nutrient. One serving of the fruit has a third of your recommended daily value.
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Vitamin C is good for a lot of things—including reducing stress. Adding papaya chunks to your morning smoothie or snacking on them throughout the day can help you feel more calm when stressful situations arise.
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Reverse Sun Damage
If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun, reach for papaya to help your skin recover. The fruit’s powerful combo of lycopene, vitamin C and antioxidants can help repair skin damage caused by the sun and prevent premature aging.
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Ease Arthritis Pain
Fight arthritis pain with anti-inflammatory foods, like papaya. The fruit is good for your bones, and the influx of vitamin C can keep the pain away.
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