RESEACH have shown that pawpaw is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and has antioxidant properties as well. It also contains magnesium; potassium, niacin, carotene, protein, fiber and an enzyme called papain, which helps treat a sore throat, aids digestion, and reduce inflammation and pain.The plant is notable for the high content of latex, secreted by lactiferous cells found in most of the plant’s tissues. It is a white milky substance and can be quite caustic. The latex contains several endopeptidase enzymes, namely, papain, chymopapain, glycyl endopeptidase and caricain. The fruit has been used as medicine in various forms, both ripe and unripe forms.
It is a well-known fact, especially to beauticians, that pawpaw contains natural cleansing properties that help clear the skin off impurities. And the rich content of vitamin C which is contained in it helps to protect the skin against sun damage.
2. GOOD SKIN CARE
Pawpaw does not only help to regenerate old and dead skin, it also helps keep the skin soft and supple. And this is as a result of the vitamin A contained in it. The alpha hydroxy acids in it help to prevent visible sign of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines, by dissolving dead skin cells
3. ANTI PIMPLES AND ACNE
Studies have shown that the papain enzyme contained in pawpaw have some amazing skin-cleansing properties that help in getting rid of clogged pores.
And when dead skin cells are removed by the alpha hydroxy acids in it, pores are unclogged in the process; thereby preventing pimples and acne.
4. skin hydrated
Here, it is the seed of pawpaw that does the magic. And the interesting thing is pawpaw seeds can be used on both sensitive and irritating skin. Highly rich in vitamins and minerals which help to maintain the water content on the face, pawpaw seeds help to maintain the hydration on the skin which does not only makes them soft, but supple as well.
5. It helps to feet and wrinkles
Studies have shown that pawpaw is enriched with antioxidant properties that help tackle both the appearance of crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes as well as wrinkles on the forehead. And as earlier stated, the vitamin C in pawpaw has antioxidant agents that fight off free radicals that capable of damaging the skin cell.
Vitamin K is important in maintaining good bone health and adequate intake is required to improve the absorption of calcium and reduce urinary loss of calcium as well. Low levels increase the incidence of bone fractures. Papaya intake thus helps to maintain strong bones.
Again, diabetics are favorably influenced by the ingestion of papaya due to the low sugar and high fiber content of this fruit. It is able to help with the modification of the glycemic and lipidemic profiles of the patient, as well as the insulin secretion, thus restoring the metabolic picture back towards the normal end.
8.It aid Digestion
Digestion problems are also aided by including papaya in the diet, because it contains papain, an enzyme powerful enough to tenderize meat, and which helps prevent symptoms due to indigestion. The high fiber and water content also aids in assisting digestion, promoting intestinal motility and helping to regularize and soften stool passage.