Fiber and vitamin-rich papaya and lemon can pair up to provide amazing health benefits. They are rich in Vitamin A, B, C, fiber, potassium, and other minerals that help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases, and can also benefit your eyesight.
Papaya and lemon contains pectin, that plays an important role in weight loss by increasing your satiety. If you are trying to lose weight, drinking papaya and lemon juice will keep you full for longer and reduce your hunger cravings. The high fiber content in papaya also promotes healthy bowel movements and relieves constipation.
How to use it?
1. Face Mask
Papaya, lemon, and honey face mask is ideal for unclogging your pores. The mask has antibacterial properties that helps to get rid of acne.
To make the mask:
- Blend 1/4 ripe papaya, and add 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice to it.
- Apply this mixture to your face and leave it for 15 minutes.
- Remove the face mask and rinse
2. Detox Smoothie
Lemons are rich in antioxidants that help to flush out toxins from the body. Papaya and lemon smoothie can help you detox when you eat food that is not healthy.
To make the smoothie:
- Blend 2 slices of papaya, 1 lemon juice and some water.
- Let it blend till you see a smooth mixture.
- Serve it immediately.
Health Benefits Of Lemon And Papaya
1. Cancer Prevention And Liver Cirrhosis
Papaya and lemon juice can be beneficial in reducing the risk of cancer, as papaya has a toxic effect on cancer cells. It can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, blood cancer, and prostate cancer.
Papaya and lemon together, are also effective in treating liver cirrhosis. Lemon helps in the production of bile and papaya strengthens the liver. It also helps in removing all the toxins
To make the papaya and lemon juice, mix 2 tablespoons of papaya juice and half a tablespoon of lemon juice. Drink this juice every day to avoid diseases.
2. Relieve Constipation
Papaya is rich in vitamin C that helps to soften the stools. Papaya also contains a protein-digesting enzyme called papain that helps to ease constipation. Lemon, on the other hand, helps to detoxify and acts as a mild laxative.
To cure constipation, cut a few pieces of papaya and add salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to it. Eat this for a few days to ease your bowels.
3. Weight Loss
Drinking papaya and lemon juice can help you lose weight. Papaya and lemon contain pectin, a natural fiber, that improves satiety and delays gastric emptying.2 As it improves satiety, you don’t crave for food and feel full for a longer time.
Apart from keeping your food intake in control, it also benefits the intestinal functions.3
4. Benefits Your Eyes
Papaya and lemon are rich in vitamin A, that is important for good eyesight. Vitamin A also reduces the risk of eye infections, and is used for the treatment of dry eyes.
Your body needs vitamin A as it is responsible for you night vision. Vitamin A deficiency can result in night blindness or inability to see in low light conditions.4
Eating papaya and lemon can help you keep your eyes healthy.
5. Reduces Risk Of Heart Diseases
Papaya and lemon both contain fibers, vitamin C, and antioxidants, that reduces the bad cholesterol in your body.5 The reduction in bad cholesterol improves blood flow and reduces the risk of heart diseases. It also keeps the blood pressure at bay.
The potassium in lemons regulates the blood pressure and the functioning of the nervous system.6 There is less pressure on the arteries and the heart, helping them relax and function better.
Note: Raw papaya may induce abortion in women7 Papaya may also increase the risk of anemia in
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|↑5||Brown, Lisa, Bernard Rosner, Walter W. Willett, and Frank M. Sacks. “Cholesterol-lowering effects of dietary fiber: a meta-analysis.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 69, no. 1 (1999): 30-42.|
|↑6||Whelton, Paul K., Jiang He, Jeffrey A. Cutler, Frederick L. Brancati, Lawrence J. Appel, Dean Follmann, and Michael J. Klag. “Effects of oral potassium on blood pressure: meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials.” Jama 277, no. 20 (1997): 1624-1632.|
|↑7||Johari Harish. Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine. Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2000.|