Carica Papaya is the scientific name of this plant which mostly has a single stem and produces latex that can be found in all parts of the plant. The pawpaw plant has three main sexes which are The male, the female and the hermaphrodite. The male-only produces flowers while the female produces small inedible fruits with the hermaphrodite being the bearer of the fruits we consume because it has both male and female properties. Let's also remember that people refer to the hermaphrodite sex as the female. The fruit is a large berry that is generally spherical, it begins to soften when ripe.
The pawpaw fruit is high in vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. It is also a good source of potassium and several essential amino acids needed for the body.
Benefits Of The Seeds.
Some health benefit of the pawpaw seed include
Shields against infections. The seeds contain a lot of antioxidants which help to prevent common infections like cold and cough and many other chronic diseases.
Control Cholesterol Level. The seeds of the Pawpaw also contains fatty acids especially oleic acid (3) which can reduce high levels of bad cholesterol in the body.
Healthy Heart and Weight Management. The pawpaw seed helps in digestion, prevents obesity, controls blood pressure while helping to keep the heart-healthy.
Relieves Menstrual Pain. Research has also confirmed that consuming pawpaw seeds during menstrual periods, help to ease menstrual cramps and pain.
Consuming the seeds is one of the effective ways of getting it to work, but with the discomfort associated with the taste, you can grind it and add the powder or paste to drinks for easy consumption.
Benefits Of The Leaves.
The Pawpaw leaves are rich with enzymes like papain and chymopapain, which help with digestion and with digestive disorders. The importance of the Pawpaw leaves include
Serves as Anti-Malaria and dengue fever drug. A compound in the pawpaw leaf called acetogenin helps with preventing malaria and dengue fever problems caused by Aedes and Anopheles mosquito. Studies have proven that the pawpaw leaves contribute to the production of platelets in the body.
Liver Cleansing. The potency of the pawpaw leaf makes it one of the best remedy for healing chronic liver diseases like jaundice and liver cirrhosis.
Lower Blood Sugar Levels. Regulating of insulin which in turn deals with blood sugar is one of the wonders of the pawpaw leaf not forgetting its great work when it comes to kidney damages.
Remedy for skin problems. It is rich with vitamin C and A that helps with cleansing the skin from skin diseases. With the presences of Carpaine in the leaves, it can cleanse the skin of toxins and provide protections against pimples, freckles and acne.
Hair growth. The pawpaw leaf is also known to be a great help in helping with hair growth, preventing balding and thinning of the hair. It is an ingredient for dealing with dandruff making it one of the key ingredient in most hair products.
Combating Cancer. The enzymes in pawpaw leaves help it to fight against breast cancer, lung cancer and help with reducing inflammation in the body.
To consume it, wash the preferred amount of leaves in Luke-warm water, blend and squeeze the juice from it. This juice can be drunk directly but if you don't feel comfortable with the taste, you can mix it with coconut or any other juice to help with easy consumption.
The pawpaw root can also be boiled and drunk for stomach problems and dealing with malaria. It is time we make use of this wonderful plant found in our homes and farms to save lives.
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