9 May, 2019
It is usually not a big favorite among the young and old, despite a rich red/saffron color. Papaya is something that does not usually get picked up easily when one goes fruit shopping. People tend to pick apples, grapes, mangoes, melons and so on. However, the fact is that Papayas are delicious fruit to be had, especially for senior citizens.
You may have seen or known that many people with diabetes too, eat this fruit, as it is one of the fruits advised in their diet list. So, there must be something going for this fruit, because of which dieticians and doctors suggest this to people, especially for the seniors. This one comes loaded with Vitamin C, folate, and fiber, minerals, and nutrients, all of which are highly beneficial to humans. While earlier, we never used to get Papayas unless we grew it, nowadays, this is commonly available, almost across the year in all parts of the country.
The one fact about aging is that the body’s resistance goes down, and this is what leads to frequent infections and diseases. So, seniors need a diet enriched in such a way that the food acts as an immunity booster. In this matter, Papaya plays a perfect role, as it comes with a big dose of Vitamin C (Almost 200% of the recommended daily dose). Vitamin C plays a major role in preventing seasonal disorders in the older population. Hence, it may be a good idea to include Papayas in our regular diet.
Prevents heart diseases
Another common issue with the senior citizens is the heart issues that can crop up suddenly. We all know that cholesterol plays a vital role in bringing about heart issues. Papayas come with powerful antioxidants, and as we know, antioxidants are always good for our health and help in the prevention of many common diseases, including heart disease.
Specific to heart, these antioxidants in Papaya, prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. This reduces the risk of developing heart diseases, as only oxidized cholesterol sticks to the blood vessel walls. Also, the fiber in the papayas helps reduce the cholesterol levels in our body. Thus, eating Papayas can help us keep heart diseases at bay.
One other disease that can be kept at bay with the help of antioxidants is cancer. It is said that the Beta-carotene, folate and Vitamins C and E in Papayas, can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. Besides, these nutrients also protect our body from free radicals, which mainly cause cell damage and lead to cancer. They also keep certain toxins from gathering in the colon due to their digestive assistance and hence, this is another tick mark in the benefits of eating Papayas.
Reduction in inflammation
Inflammation is another cause that leads to many diseases, including cancer. Papayas contain protein-digesting enzymes that help naturally reduce inflammations. Also, high levels of Vitamin C and beta-carotene concentrations can help seniors with arthritis, which are linked to inflammation. This makes Papayas another must eat the fruit in the senior diet.
As mentioned above, many people with diabetes have included Papaya in their diet, based on suggestions from their doctor or dietician. This is obviously because Papaya helps in diabetes management. It has very low sugar content, unlike many other fruits. And also, people with diabetes are more prone to heart conditions; the benefits related to heart mentioned above also make it a coveted fruit.
Many of the health issues in seniors can also be related to stress. Studies have proven that eating Papaya can also reduce the stress hormones, thereby, helping seniors to reduce stress and thus keep a few diseases at bay.
Helps with vision issues
Another common issue seen as we age is the one related to our vision. Papayas contain flavonoids like zeaxanthin and lutein. These help the seniors to maintain their eye health naturally. Also, Papayas contain high concentrations of vitamin A, which brings down the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Many of the above points make it clear why Papayas are good for seniors, and so, the next time you go fruit shopping, please make sure to pick up one.
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