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Nutrition Series 2 : EFFECTS OF PAPAYA IN TREATING SPORTS INJURIES

The Papaya has been regarded as one of the tropical fruits that has medicinal value. It is a pear shaped fruit. The central cavity is surrounded by hundreds of small seeds. Ripe papaya is an excellent tonic for growing children, for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It is an energy giving food.

Papaya has all essential nutrients like Anti-oxidants including Vitamin C and Carotenoids, Bioflavonoids and Proteolytic enzyme Papain. These essential nutrients help in making healthy cardio vascular system, Digestive system and immune system.

The effectiveness of the papaya as a medicinal herb has been known for many years. But recently it was known that the Enzymes of the papaya were recognized medicinally.

USES OF PAPAYA

  • Papain is a Proteolytic enzyme present in papaya has been found beneficial in treating Sports injuries.
  • This proteolytic enzyme aids in digestion of proteins
  • This enzyme is active over wide PH range helps body digest proteins and fats
  • This can help in conditions like bloating, Gas and Digestive disorders.
  • This enzyme has putative anti-inflammatory activity.

Role of the enzyme Papain in Treating Sports Injuries.

  • Shortens recovery time from sports injuries.
  • Reduce pain.
  • Reduce swelling.
  • Enhanced immune functions.
  • Improved circulation
  • Accelerated recovery from traumatic injury
  • Minimized inflammation.

2 Responses to “Nutrition Series 2 : EFFECTS OF PAPAYA IN TREATING SPORTS INJURIES”

  1. Hello,
    I’ve heard a lot of myths about the papaya
    1. creates a lot of “heat” for the body and has sensations of “burning eyes” and even a stomach ache

    2. My wife tells me that she has a longer bleeding during her periods if she has papaya

    Due to these, we have actively avoided papaya over the years.

    however, the doc has recommended this to my Dad who is a renal failure patient [undergoing dialysis for over 6 years now]

    Am confused about the papaya’s medicinal value.

    My questions:
    1. Is papaya safe to be consumed by a young mother? [45 day old baby]
    2. does it increase body heat?
    3. is consuming 1 fruit [approx 2 kgs] per week fine?

    Pls help!
    -Venkatesh.

    • Hi Venkatesh

      We understand your concerns. Here we will address all the issues you have highlighted :

      “creates a lot of “heat” for the body and has sensations of “burning eyes” and even a stomach ache” – There is no food in this world which gives heat or no heat to the body. It is a misconception. The generation of heat or cold in a body depends person to person according to their body type. Like Genetics, Herditary …etc

      Papaya is a negative calorie food which on consumption of more than 1 kg a day may lead to heat in the body. Papaya mainly helps in purifying the blood.
      Daily Recomendation is 100 – 200g per day.

      2. “My wife tells me that she has a longer bleeding during her periods if she has papaya” – papaya helps in purifying of blood and improves circulation and its a myth that it causes heavy bleeding. Mentural flow depends on hormonal changes. For example if are stresses during mensuration, you can observe that your flow is reduced. If you take high fatty foods your flow is increased.

      It is recommended to Renal patients because it is the fruit with low sodium and potassium.

      now to answer your questions :

      “Is papaya safe to be consumed by a young mother? [45 day old baby]”
      She can take safely 100g per day.

      “Does it increase body heat?” – I think i have answered this question.

      ” Is consuming 1 fruit [approx 2 kgs] per week fine?” – Yes, for a family of 2 this is the right quantity. But try to include different fruits than just having same fruit for a week.


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