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Papaya – Healthline Evidence-based

  • Papaya is both delicious and loaded with nutrients including Fiber, Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate (Vitamin B9), and Potassium. Papayas also have trace amounts of calcium, magnesium and Vitamins B1, B3, B5, E and K.
  • Papayas also contain healthy antioxidants called carotenoids. They are especially high in a type of carotenoid called lycopene. What’s more, these beneficial antioxidants are better absorbed from papayas than from other fruits and vegetables.
  • The papaya is a tropical fruit high in vitamins C and A, along with fiber and healthy plant compounds. It also contains an enzyme called papain, used to tenderize meat.
  • Papaya has powerful antioxidant effects. This may reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of several diseases.
  • Early research suggests that the antioxidants in papaya may reduce cancer risk and perhaps even slow the progression of cancer.
  • Papaya’s high vitamin C and lycopene content can improve heart health and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Chronic inflammation is at the root of many diseases. Papayas are very high in carotenoids that can reduce inflammation.
  • Papaya has been shown to improve constipation and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The seeds and other parts of the plant have also been used to treat ulcers.
  • The powerful antioxidants in papaya can help your skin recover from sun damage and may defend against wrinkling.

Limes – www.organicfacts.net

  • Predominantly known for its ascorbic acid reserves, lime provides 32% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake. It has high water content and a good source of minerals like Calcium, Iron, Copper, Sodium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium as well as vitamins like Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
  • The best thing about lime is that it has the least amount of calories, carbohydrates, and fats. Moreover, lime peel and pulp are also rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, flavonol glycosides like kaempferol, as well as diverse phytochemicals like polyphenols*, limonene, and terpenes.
  • Limes may help prevent heart diseases. A study conducted by Dr. Frank Hu, professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, foods rich in vitamin C have a protective effect against coronary heart disease. Additionally, soluble fiber and limonin found in lime help lower blood pressure. This helps cut down on inflammation of the blood vessels, which prevents heart diseases. Also, potassium and magnesium in lime improves blood circulation and boosts heart health.
  • Vitamin C in lime juice and lime peels lowers ischemic stroke risks, especially for women. It also helps slow down the progression of coronary heart diseases like atherosclerosis by decreasing fatty streaks in arteries.
  • Limes assist in lowering cholesterol. Hesperidin, a flavonoid present in lime, helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body.
  • A 2016 research on anticancer activity of key lime suggests that its consumption may be used for cancer therapy. This is because lime scavenges free radicals and reduces oxidative stress. Antioxidant-packed phytochemicals like flavonoids, flavones, triterpenoid, and limonoids in lime have potent cancer-fighting properties. They can stop the growth of various cancer cells preventing colon, breast, prostate, pancreatic, stomach, lungs, kidneys, and blood cancer. It is also capable of eradicating cancer cells in some cases.
  • A study conducted on mice shows that the essential oils found in lime aid in reducing both body weight and food consumption. Also, the citric acid present in lime is an excellent fat burner.
  • Lime strengthens the body’s line of defense and helps ward off infections and diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Also, Vitamin C in the citrus fruit helps to battle a cough, cold, and flu and boosts the body’s overall immunity. This is confirmed by a series of studies conducted at Bayer Consumer Care Ltd., Basel, Switzerland.
  • The citric acid in fresh or concentrated lime juice helps remove and prevent kidney stones by increasing urinary citrate and urine volume.
  • Vitamin C in lime when paired with foods rich in iron helps maximize the body’s ability to absorb iron. Those suffering from iron-deficiency anemia symptoms like dizziness, brittle nails, hair loss, and fatigue should add lime to their diet!
  • For ages, use of lime is a well-known cure for scurvy, a disease caused due to the deficiency of vitamin C. It is characterized by frequent infections that show as normal cold symptoms, cracked lips, and lip corners.
  • Vitamin C and flavonoids in lime inhibit microbial growth, which helps prevent gum bleeding.
  • Lime has an irresistible aroma which causes your mouth to water and this aids primary digestion (the digestive saliva floods your mouth even before you taste it). The natural acidity of lime does the rest. While they break down the macromolecules of the food, the flavonoids stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile, and acids. This also stimulates peristaltic motion.
  • The ample amount of acid present in lime helps clean the excretory system. The roughage in lime is also helpful in easing constipation. An overdose of lime juice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation.
  • The high levels of soluble fiber found in lime make it an ideal dietary support to help regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This helps reduce the occurrence of blood sugar spikes that are a serious risk to diabetic patients. Also, limes and other citrus fruits have a low glycemic index, which means they will not cause an unexpected spike in glucose levels. This is the reason why the American Diabetes Association considers limes and other citrus fruits a superfood for diabetes.
  • In addition to Vitamin C, lime contains special compounds called flavonoids (limonoids such as limonin glucoside) which have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, antibiotic, and detoxifying properties. The acids in lime react with the gastric juices of the stomach resulting alkaline reactions. The flavonoids and the alkaline reaction collectively stimulate the healing process of peptic and oral ulcers.
  • One of the many causes of arthritis is an excess build-up of uric acid in the body. The citric acid found in limes is a solvent in which uric acid can dissolve. Increasing citric acid in the body helps eliminate excess uric acid from the urine. Citrus fruits, in general, have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used for a number of inflammatory issues.
  • The antioxidant properties of lime protect eyes from aging and macular degeneration. On top of that, flavonoids help protects them from infections.
  • Citrus fruits, in general, have fever-reducing qualities because of Vitamin C found in high concentrations in them, which naturally lowers the temperature of the body.
  • There are two main causes of gout. The first source is the accumulation of free radicals and the second is the accumulation of toxins in the body, primarily uric acid. Limes can help prevent both causes, due to the presence of abundant antioxidants, Vitamin C, and flavonoids.
  • Since lime helps heal ulcers and wounds in the digestive and excretory system while providing relief from constipation, it eradicates all the root causes of piles. Piles are a different term for hemorrhoids, an uncomfortable condition that occurs in the anal region, and can result in bleeding and discomfort during excretion. It can help prevent their formation or recurrence.
  • The flavonol glycosides in lime have antibiotic properties which protect the body against various bacteria and microbes including Vibrio cholera. The lime juice, when added to infected water, works effectively as a disinfectant. Also, regular intake of lime juice by patients exposed to cholera-infected water can reduce the symptoms of this fatal disease.
  • The high potassium content in limes is very effective in the removal of toxic substances and the precipitates deposited in the kidneys and the urinary bladder. The disinfectant properties of lime also help cure infections in the urinary system. Furthermore, it stops prostrate growth (very common in males above 40) and clears blockage of urine caused due to the buildup of calcium in the urinary tract.
  • Lime intake protects the body against various microbes, virus, and bacteria including Helicobacter pylori and Salmonella bacteria infections.
  • Calcium and folate present in lime are two important nutrients for women in menopausal and child-bearing age.