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6 Benefits That Make Papaya An Essential Fruit for You This Winter!

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Bajaj Finserv Health
January 3rd, 2022
7 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Papaya, despite being a seasonal fruit can be found and eaten all year long
  • The nutritional value of papaya helps keep you healthy during winter season
  • Benefits of papaya range from increasing body temperature to preventing asthma

Papaya is known for its nutritional value as well as medicinal benefits. Papaya fruit, native to Mexico, is now grown in various countries and can be found all year round. The sweet and soft texture of this fruit is the reason why there are many recipes with papaya as a key ingredient. These papaya recipes not only make your dish tastier but also help get the most of its nutrients.

The nutritional value of papaya makes it one of the best fruits to eat not only during winter but also all year long. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this fruit helps with various health conditions.

Read on to know more about the benefits of papaya.

Increases Body Heat

During winter, as the temperatures around you drop, your body may start producing heat in its own way. Shivers, muscle contractions, and slower metabolism are some ways your body preserves its heat in winters. Having hot foods or foods that naturally increase your temperature may help your body fight the cold weather. Papaya is known to increase body temperature. Its consumption during winters may help in regulating your internal temperature. 

Additional Read: 8 Top Winter Season Fruits You Should Definitely Include In Your Diet

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Prevents Asthma

One of the common triggers of asthma is cold weather. A study found that there were more asthma-related hospital admissions during winter [1]. This is because cold air is dry and it increases mucus, which may trigger your asthma. Eating papaya in winters is one of the best solutions to prevent asthma because the fruit is a rich source of beta carotene, a nutrient that provides immunity against asthma. Papaya also contains other nutrients that can help fight cold and flu.

Protects Skin

The cold weather and low humidity during winter draws the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry. The harsh winds and dry indoor heat may make the texture of your skin worse. This may even lead to cracked skin. Certain skin conditions may also get worse during winter. Papaya is rich in enzymes and vitamin A that help exfoliate your skin. Its antioxidant properties help eliminate dead skin cells. The vitamin C plays its part in building collagen and tissue binding. These properties of papaya also slow skin aging and help prevent wrinkles.

Improves Digestion

As mentioned, one of the ways your body regulates temperature in winter is by slowing down metabolism. This may lead to irregular digestion. The papain enzyme of papaya can help you in improving digestion. It does so by regulating your bowel movements. It also helps clear your digestive tract by removing toxins. It is also a great fruit to relieve your stomach from bloating, constipation, and other problems.

Strengthens Bones

You may experience joint pain and stiffness during winter, as your body restricts blood flow in your body. This helps protect vital organs during cold season. The low temperature may also increase thickness of the fluids in your joints, which may lead to stiffness. Since papaya has ample vitamin C, it helps keep your bones healthy. Papaya also has vitamin K that can improve your improve bone health and calcium intake.

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Boosts Immunity

When your body is exposed to the cold and dry air during winter, your immune system is affected. Cold weather may reduce your vitamin D intake. It may also contract the blood vessels in your respiratory tract. This makes it difficult for your body to fight off germs and infection. This weakened resistance makes flu and cold more common during winter [2].

The vitamin C content of papaya is double the recommended amount. This vitamin is essential for building immunity. Along with vitamin C, papaya also has papain, potassium, folate, and magnesium. These nutrients help build your immunity and fight off infections. Since you already know the importance of a balanced diet, make sure you include papaya in your plan to build better immunity. 

Additional Read: Boost Your Immunity with This Healthy and Nutritious Indian Meal Plan

To follow healthy food habits, make sure you know the possible side effects that may come from overconsumption of any food. When you have too much of papaya, side effects that you may experience may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic reaction

Though these side effects are rare, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor when you experience them. This will help you prevent these symptoms from becoming severe. 

Also remember some common symptoms of a nutrition deficiency. These include 

When you see signs of malnutrition, contact your nutritionist for effective treatment. You may also be given nutrition therapy based on your deficiency. You can book an online doctor consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health to talk to nutritionists. They can help you form a nutritious diet that is tailor-made for your health.

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