Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable and safe weekend. Perhaps you may have over-eaten or inhaled many things you wish you hadn’t post consumption. Maybe you feel bloated, a bit sick to your stomach, and/or sluggish. If so, then it’s a good thing you’re reading this article. There’s a fruit named papaya that can assist you with these and other conditions. Keep reading to find out more.

Rich in two strong digestive enzymes, papain and chymopapain,  green papaya is extremely valuable to anyone with a weak digestive system or has a diet full of foods that are tough to digest. Papain and chymopapain break down protein making digestion that much easier and increasing absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, papaya, green and yellow, contains anti-parasitic and anti-amoebic substances which manage bowel movements while helping to prevent and rid of gastric problems, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, heart burn, acid reflux, constipation, and indigestion. Papaya seeds have been used to kill ringworm in the belly.

The presence of antioxidants is important in burning calories and fat deposits. Papaya is loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, along with folate and potassium which are some of the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs in order to detox, balance pH levels, and allow you to lose and/or maintain weight. Along with having a high water content to help keep you hydrated on those hot, humid, summer days, did you know that a cup of papaya has almost 270 mg of potassium, 2.5 grams of fiber, and only 62 calories?

With its high potassium content, along with other essential vitamins and minerals, papaya helps to regulate cell body fluids, control blood flow, maintain blood pressure, and assisting you in preventing heart disease via regulating harmful sodium effects inside the body. Also, papaya’s contain flavonoids like beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin which are essential ingredients in preventing and curing cancer, and protecting the body from lung and oral cavity cancer, and governs the production of free radicals which cause harm to you body and overall health.

It would seem that any fruit that’s been referred to as the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, must be pretty good for you. With it providing valuable digestive enzymes, helping to rid of numerous stomach ailments, being low in calories, high in water content and antioxidants to assist in losing and/or maintaining weight, and its ability to help regulate blood flow and shield the body from harmful cancer causing agents, papaya comes highly recommended. Want a great tasting, healthy, powerful fruit? Look no further. Papaya packs the punch you’re looking for.