10 – Papaya and intestinal parasites
A study has shown that the papaya fruit as well as the seeds have anti-parasitic activity.
For the study, dried papaya seeds were given to children who had intestinal parasites. The children had no parasites after 7 days.
Nutrients in papaya
Papayas are a fantastic source of antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, carotenes and flavonoids. One half of a small papaya provides 150 percent of the daily value of vitamin C.
Papayas are also a good source of folic acid, vitamins E and A, potassium, and dietary fiber.
History of papaya
The papaya is thought to have originated in southern Mexico and Central America. Portuguese and Spanish explorers took papayas throughout Central America. They then took them to other subtropical lands, including the Philippines, India, and parts of Africa.
Papayas were brought to the US In the twentieth century. They have since then been grown in Hawaii. Today, the largest commercial producers of papayas include the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.