Papaya Health Benefits: Top Reasons To Include This Fruit In Your Diet

There are many fruits that can help improve your health and well-being this season, and one of these is in the form of papaya. Known for its luscious, sweet and juicy taste and a soft, buttery consistency, this soft, pear-like tropical fruit was reputably called "the fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus. Although native to Central America, papaya is also present in many other subtropical lands, which include India, Southeast Asia (particularly in the Philippines where it is consumed as a snack or used an ingredient for many savory dishes) and parts of Africa.

Loaded with fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as zinc and magnesium, papaya is good for your health all-year round. Here are the top reasons why you should include this fruit in your diet now:

Prevents Diabetes 

Papaya helps prevent diabetes, which has become increasingly and alarmingly common. This tasty fruit is a great mix of sweet and healthy. Its sweet taste masks the fact that it has low sugar levels, therefore preventing your body's sugar levels from going higher. Papaya is also rich in dietary fibers, which help combat blood sugar spikes especially among diabetics.

Improves Your Vision 

Consuming papayas regularly helps improve your vision. In fact, the fruit is packed with vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. It also protects your eyes from macular degeneration, an aging-related medical condition that results in blurring or complete loss of vision.

Good For Arthritis 

Characterized by inflammation of one or more joints, arthritis can make you miss out on a lot of things later in life. 

However, a papaya can help prevent that from happening to you. That is because it contains papain, an anti-inflammatory compound that reduces pain and stiffness in your bones. Also, regular papaya consumption can increase calcium in your body, thus strengthening your bones, and strong bones can help prevent arthritis especially at an old age.

Cures Menstrual Pain And Irregular Periods 

Munching on papayas help deal with severe menstrual pain and irregular periods, particularly among women. 

Papaya helps contract the uterus muscles, easing painful flow. It also contains carotene, a substance that helps regulate the hormone estrogen in the body, thereby inducing regular periods.

Boosts Your Immune System

Through their high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants, papayas help boost your immune system, which is vital in reducing and eliminating the risk of various infections and diseases -- which include viruses such as the flu and the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Boosts Your Digestive System

Papayas are rich in fiber and water, both of which are vital for your digestive system. Specifically, they help ease bowel movement, keeping digestive issues such as diarrhea, nausea and constipation at bay.

Papaya Orange open papaya with black seeds, Moyen-Comoé, Abengourou, Ivory Coast on May 9, 2019 in Abengourou, Ivory Coast. Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images