Monday, 24 January 2011

Angels Fruit: Papaya

Disclaimer:  The following is given as general information it's not intended as medical advice.  Allways consult with your doctor or nutritionist first.
Always remember "mindful eating": Eat slow, savouring  every bite, enjoy the flavour, texture, and smell of your meal.  Even try to find where the row ingredients come from, be grateful and wish the best to those who cultivated or produced whatever you are eating.

Warning:  Should you have a latex allergy then you may be allergic to papaya.

Delicious and soft, butter-like texture similar to avocado.  It originated in Central America. This exotic fruit is now sold in supermarkets and even small shops virtually all year round.
(Some say Christopher Colombus called papaya "the angels fruit".  )

Papaya contains papain an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Papain is used in dietary supplements.  It is also a  rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids: vitamin B and C , folate and pantothenic.  Potassium and magnesium, and fiber. These  nutrients not only help to provide protection against colon cancer but also are beneficial for cardiovascular system. 

This angel's fruit also provides excellent antioxidants for their content of vitamins A, C and E, thus helping to prevent cholesterol oxidation. Oxidised cholesterol sticks to blood vessel walls forming the dangerous plaques which can eventually cause stroke or heart attack.  The folic acid found in papayas is used to treat homocysteine into benign amino acids such as methionine or cysteine. Untreated homocysteine can damage blood vessels walls.
Those people suffering from atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease  may benefit adding papaya to their daily meals. 
Fiber has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.  is found in papayas, which The folic acid found in papayas is needed for the conversion of a substance called homocysteine into benign amino acids such as cysteine or methionine. If unconverted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and, if levels get too high, is considered a significant risk factor for a heart attack or stroke.  
  • Regularly start your day with a good portion of papaya.
  • Serve papaya as a dessert.
  • Added to smoothies, salads or as garnish with fish
  • For a healthy lunch, half the papaya length ways, remove the seeds, sprinkle with lime juice then top it with cottage cheese and roasted almonds.   Enjoy!
And remember exercise,  Pilates   at  least 30 minutes, three times a week.  Plenty of walks and or swimming.  Enjoy Exercising. 

What ever the problems, at the end, they'll get sorted out, Eat and Enjoy life!"  

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