Papayas are more than just a vibrant, tropical, and oddly sensual-looking fruit. They are powerhouses of wellness and beauty benefits that should make them a staple in every produce or supplement roster. Kourt is a huge proponent of supplementing with papaya extract to reap the beaucoup bennies as often as possible, as conveniently as possible. If Kim and Naomi Campbell have been known to take it, then it must be working.
Amazing for digestion and weight loss.
Papayas are known for their enzymes, which have been shown to dramatically improve digestion, especially with issues such as constipation and our personal nemesis, bloating. If taken before a big meal, it can prevent excess gas and bloating, so it’s a great companion to an indulgent night out. Whole papayas are loaded with fiber, which helps with satiation and elimination—both helpful for weight-loss goals, if that’s something on your list.
A super source of lycopene, papaya extract can prevent UV damage, so think of it as an internal SPF when it comes to photo-aging caused by the sun. And for some, that might even prevent premature wrinkling. In fact, if you suffer from sun damage or skin redness, supplementing with lycopene or papaya extract can significantly reduce discoloration.
A powerful source of antioxidants against disease.
Papayas and their extracts contain more carotenoids, aka more powerful antioxidants, than in both tomatoes and carrots. Not only does this prevent and break down oxidative damage on the surface level, i.e. skin, but it also wards off age-related diseases, cancer, and deeper DNA damage in the brain connected to Alzheimer’s. If the beauty reasons aren’t convincing enough, those are some heavy hitters. Studies show that the body absorbs these antioxidants from papaya better than from other sources as well.
It’s anti-inflammatory and great for immunity.
Papaya has been shown to regulate our body’s production of T-cells, which mitigate inflammatory responses. Increased or chronic inflammation is dangerous and is the root of many health issues and diseases. Lowering inflammation helps us keep our immune system stable and our joints working smoothly.
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