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Benefits of Papaya (Papita) And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of papaya include better digestion, relief from a toothache etc.It also helps to regulate menstruation,promote stronger immunity, healthy weight loss, skin care and the promotion of better heart health. Papaya is believed to prevent cancer.

Benefits of Papaya (Papita) And Its Side Effects

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Papaya (Papita)
Nutritional Value of Papaya (Papita)
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Papaya (Papita)
Age-related macular degeneration
Asthma prevention
Cancer prevention
Bone health
Diabetes cure
Better Digestive Health
Improves Heart Health
Skin care
Regulates Menstruation
Helps Reduce Stress
Activates Human Growth Hormones
Uses of Papaya (Papita)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Papaya (Papita)
Cultivation of Papaya (Papita)

Papaya (Papita)

Called the Fruit of the Angels by Christopher Columbus, papaya or papita is scientifically called as the Carica papaya. Papaya is a soft, fleshy cerise-orange colored juicy fruit.

Nutritional Value of Papaya (Papita)

Papayas are an excellent sources of vitamin C. It contains folate,vitamin A,magnesium,copper,pantothenic acid, dietary fiber etc. They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

43 Calories
0.3 g Total Fat
8 mg Sodium
182 mg Potassium
11 g Total Carbohydrate
0.5 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

19 % Vitamin A
0.02 Calcium
101 % Vitamin C
1 % Iron
5 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Papaya (Papita)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Papaya (Papita)
Health Benefits of Papaya (Papita)

Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye. Zeaxanthin, an antioxidant found in papaya, helps to filter out harmful blue light rays. It is thought to play a protective role in eye health, and may ward off macular degeneration.A higher intake of papaya fruits has been shown to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration. It also hinders the progression of such associated diseases of the eyes.

Asthma prevention

Vitamin A, beta carotene help to prevent and reduce inflammation in the lungs. It is highly beneficial for smokers as a good intake of papaya or papaya juice can help in soothing the inflammation and reduce the chances of developing asthma.

Cancer prevention

Papaya is rich in anti-oxidants and phytonutrients that work against free radicals and make papayas effective against breast, pancreatic and other cancers. A leaf extract obtained from dried leaves of papaya plant produced anti-carcinogenic effects against tumor cells. Papaya seeds are rich in flavonoids that have chemotherapeutic effects which can reduce the risk of cancer by arresting the development of cancerous cells.

Bone health

Papayas, beneficial for bone health, have been known to be effective against rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. One of the enzymes found in papayas, called chymopapain, has a significant effect on increasing the bone density and strength.Adequate vitamin K consumption is also important for good health, as it improves calcium absorption and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium. The higher proportion of calcium in the body, greater is the bone strength and rebuilding.Thus, consumption of papaya is highly recommended for bone health.

Diabetes cure

Low in sugar, papaya can be an amazing option for those who have diabetes. Papaya helps maintain blood sugar level and cholesterol because of the high fiber content. Its extracts can actually decelerate the development of type-II diabetes, where the pancreas completely loses its ability to make and secrete insulin.

Better Digestive Health

Papaya is used to treat all kinds of stomach ailments, including indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and stomach ulcers.It is a rich source of dietary fiber, which is very good for our digestive system. Papaya also contains a protein-dissolving, digestive super enzyme called papain, that eases many stomach ailments and aids digestion. It improves digestion by breaking down proteins,cleanses the digestive tract and also ensures a reduced conversion of protein into body fat.

Improves Heart Health

The seeds of papayas are beneficial for a healthy heart. Having three powerful antioxidant vitamins, namely vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, papayas help to ward off heart diseases and in preventing problems such as atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. The presence of pro- carotenoid phytonutrients in papaya helps prevent oxidization of the cholesterol in the body which otherwise can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Vitamin E and vitamin C obtained from papayas will help in preventing the cholesterol from sticking to the walls, thereby keeping the heart healthy. As a good source of fiber, papayas also help to reduce the cholesterol levels in the body.

Skin care

Papayas can be great revitalizing agents, which is why they are used for improving skin health. Papain, enzyme present in papaya, kills dead cells and purifies the skin. The beneficial properties and the other healing enzymes present in papaya help treat sunburn and irritated skin. It can also fight free radicals that age our skin and show premature aging signs. Papayas are also used to treat skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, etc. The latex obtained from papayas is used to treat skin affected with acne. Topical application of papaya juice or atex helps in curing and provides relief. The fleshy side of the papaya skin can also be used as a mask to cure acne.Papayas are one of the most effective home remedies to cure vitiligo, a condition where white patches appear on the skin.

Regulates Menstruation

Papaya juice can be of immense help for women with irregular periods. Consumption of green, unripe papayas helps to normalize the irregularity in the periodic cycle. The papain enzyme helps regulate and ease the flow of blood during menstruation, thus preventing cramps and not causing pain. Papaya also stimulates the production of estrogen, thereby normalizing the period cycle

Helps Reduce Stress

This sweet juicy fruit contains active enzymes as well as vitamin C in large amount and thus, helps to restore our energy levels. Papaya also acts as a great stress reducer.

Activates Human Growth Hormones

Dried papaya provides nourishment to the endocrine system and promotes the production of arginine in the body. Arginine is a type of essential amino acid that is known to activate the human growth hormones (HGH). These hormones, present in papaya, play a key role in rebuilding bones, muscles, skin, and liver cells, and promote overall cell rejuvenation.

Uses of Papaya (Papita)

Papaya has immense benefits. It is one of the most popular fruit used to reduce inflammation in the lungs, heal wounds, treats gouts and other throat disorders like inflammation of tonsils – a symptom of diphtheria. It is also used to treat ringworm.Papaya milk contains carotene, and this compound can treat ringworm infection.It helps in muscle tissue renewal and aids weight loss. It is also effective in the treatment of neusea and motion sickness. For pregnant mothers and babies, papaya or papita is useful. Raw papaya, a galactagogue improves breast milk production and can be effective for lactating mothers.Besides the health benefits, papaya can also be used for the betterment of hair. It stimulates hair growth,controls dandruff and also acts as a good hair conditioner.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Papaya (Papita)

Papaya is harmful for pregnant women.It is considered as a ‘hot’ fruit. Latex, present in high concentrations in raw and semi-ripe papayas, causes uterine contractions which might lead to abortions. Overconsumption of papaya may result in gastrointestinal irritation.It can cause a powerful laxative effect in the intestines. Unripe or raw papaya can cause pain in the intestines or stomach, and can sometimes cause esophageal perforations.The black seeds of the papaya contain traces of an enzyme called carpine, which is a potentially toxic substance. This enzyme can cause the nerve centers numb, which could lead to paralysis or cardiac depression. In certain cases, the narrowing of blood vessels also occurs, which is caused due to Carpine or carparine.

Cultivation of Papaya (Papita)

Papaya has its origin is in the tropics of the Americas, perhaps from southern Mexico and neighboring Central America. Papaya has become naturalized throughout the Caribbean Islands, Florida, Texas, California, Hawaii, and other tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Papaya is highly frost-sensitive, limiting its production to tropical climatic conditions of the world. Temperatures must always be above −2 °C (29 °F) for papaya to grow.It prefers sandy, well-drained soil, as standing water will kill the plant within 24 hours.Papaya plants grow in three sexes: male, female, hermaphrodite. The male can produce only pollen, never fruit. The females produce small, inedible fruits unless pollinated. The hermaphrodite can self-pollinate. Its flowers contain both male stamens and female ovaries.

Popular Questions & Answers

glow care drops in water for eye rinsing or to apply on dark circles. Face mask is of raw papaya or ripe.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Ripe papaya should be used for facial mask.One of the most effective beauty benefits of papaya is lightening of your skin complexion. Hydrates Skin. ... Keeps Aging Signs at Bay. ... Reduces Acne and Pimples. ... Fades Skin Spots. ... Treats Wrinkles and Crow's Feet.

Please suggest. What is the best process medicine/surgical for weigh loss of a female candidate of 95 Kg against height of 5'4" and 45 yeas aged.

MD - Ayurveda, B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Ajmer
Hello Lybrate user you can loose your weight naturally by using following tips. It will also benificail in your piles problem. Weight reduction is achieved by three dimensional approach. 1. Dietary changes- you must take high fiber and whole grain diet like khichdi, daliya, corn flex, fruits-apple, guava, papaya, soups, multi grain atta chapati etc. Avoid- deep fried, spicy, sweets, cold drinks, curd etc. 2. Life style modification- avoid sedentary life and be active. Go for morning or evening walk, do some yoga and exercises. Cycling, swimming and outdoor games can also help. Avoid nap / day sleep. Do suryanamaskar, trikonasan, bhujangasana, yogic jogging etc 3. Ayurvedic medicines- some ayurvedic medicines along with Panchkarma treatment can reduce weight quickly.
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I am 32 years lady. Unknowingly I used sonaderm gm on my face since 4 years. I tried to stop it but after stop to use this cream on my face many types of skin problem occurs on my face. Howi should I control it?

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Monitor your weight, please. Take, plenty of water to hydrate your body & skin. Go for meditation to reduce your stress to nourish your skin. Your diet be easily digestible on time to check gastric disorder. Take, homoeopathic medicine:@.Berb acqua Q-10. Drops, thrice with 2tsfl of water. @ Echinecea Q -20. Drops mix with 1/4 cup of water and wash your face, thrice. Take, Sunflower ,almonds, Mustured greens, spinach, turnips greens, Broccoli, Avocados, Papaya, Take, care.

What is th best precautions and healthy diet during the any operation. Please advice

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
1. Lean Protein Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, plays an important role in knitting tissue back together. Typical protein intake is around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But, after surgery, the demands for protein are much higher, especially if you have incisions to repair. Aim to get 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, target 102 to 136 grams of protein per day. That’s 25-30 grams per 3 meals and 14-23 grams per 2 snacks. Getting extra protein doesn’t mean eating more red meat. Excellent lean protein sources include eggs, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Whey protein like LeanBiotics RS™ Meal Replacement is a tasty and convenient way to boost your protein intake. Whey protein is easily mixed with water (or soy, almond, rice or cashew milk) or incorporated into a smoothie. Check out our Green Smoothie recipe. 2. Fermented Dairy Antibiotics are routinely prescribed after surgery to prevent infection. While antibiotics kill bad bugs, they also decimate the beneficial bacteria that line your digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria help digest your food and manufacture vitamins plus play a key role in immune system function. Repopulate your digestive tract with fermented dairy products like kefir and yogurt. Kefir is ideal because a small serving provides upwards of 8 to 12 species with over 10 billion live and active cultures. Yogurt provides fewer species and a lower bacterial count. When choosing, read labels as the sugar content and calories are higher with flavored products. Supplementing with a broad-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8 also helps boost beneficial species. Just be sure to take your antibiotics separately from a probiotic. Refer to Antibiotics with Probiotics – What You Need to Know. 3. Fiber Pain medications, anesthetic agents, alterations to diet, dehydration, stress and reduced physical activity after surgery can work against your body’s normal route of elimination. Aside from drinking plenty of water, popping a few prunes each day will help get things moving along. Prunes are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which softens and adds bulk to stool. Other foods that are high in fiber include beans & legumes, apples, pears, bran flakes, oatmeal and flaxseed meal. Check out our list of top fiber sources. You can also help “move things along” by taking SurgiLax, a natural supplement that helps restore balance and regularity to your digestive system and bowel. 4. Deeply Colored Fruits The stress of surgery along with the drugs that are used during the procedure generate an increased oxidative load on the body or free-radical production. While your body uses antioxidants to reduce or eliminate these harmful molecules, the requirements are significantly higher after surgery. Boost your antioxidant intake after surgery by eating deeply colored fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. These fruits contain anthocyanidins, compounds that not only enhance the effects of vitamin C, but improve capillary integrity and stabilize collagen matrix. 5. Orange Fruits & Veggies Sweet potatoes are a superb source of beta carotene or pro-vitamin A which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is needed for the repair and maintenance of soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin so significantly boosting your intake (up to 10,000 IUs of vitamin A and another 15,000 IUs of beta-carotene) around the time of surgery makes sense. Unlike its distant cousin the potato, sweet potatoes aren’t as starchy and provide almost 4 grams of fiber per serving. Just clean and slice a sweet potato into 1” half moons. Toss with a bit of olive oil, season with pepper and salt and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Other excellent sources of beta carotene include carrots, dark leafy greens like kale, can notaloupe, mango and dried apricots. 6. Bell Peppers & Citrus Fruit Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 340 mg per medium pepper. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps cross-link collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and if you’ve had an incision, this protein is crucial to proper wound healing. Stress depletes vitamin C stores so getting extra after surgery is recommended (upwards of 900 mg a day in divided doses). Other excellent sources of vitamin C include guava, kale, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. 7. Cruciferous Vegetables Having a robust immune system ensures that your body wards off infection after surgery. Vegetables that contain indoles, phytonutrients that boost immune health, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Have bad childhood memories of these veggies? For great flavor and quick preparation, try roasting Brussels sprouts or cauliflower. Opt for Mashed Cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes for a perfect post-surgery food that is low carb and nutritious. 8. Fungi – Mushrooms Mushrooms also support a healthy immune system. A recent study showed better-functioning gamma delta T-cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins in participants that ate a 4 oz serving of Shiitake mushrooms daily. Other immune boosting mushrooms include Maitakes and Reishi. Mushrooms are great stir fried or grilled. Or try making our easy and flavorful Mushroom Soup. Prepare ahead of time so that after surgery, all you have to do is reheat a bowl. 9. Nuts & Seeds Pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for proper immune system function. The body requires zinc to develop and activate cells that are involved in immunity. Zinc is also important to wound healing as this mineral is necessary for protein synthesis and cell growth. Oysters have the highest concentration of zinc and red meats especially beef, lamb and liver have some of the highest concentrations of zinc in food. 10. Pineapple & Papaya Pineapple and papaya contain protease enzymes that the body uses to breakdown and digest proteins. As it turns out, these enzymes (bromelain and papain) also help reduce swelling and inflammation. The downside is that bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple (that chewy part you don’t eat!). So, taking a supplement like Bromelain with Quercetin may be an easier option.
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Papaya - 11 Amazing Reasons To Eat It!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, B.Sc Home Science (hons)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ludhiana
Papaya - 11 Amazing Reasons To Eat It!

It is believed to be used by even Christopher Columbus on his discovery voyage, Papaya is known as the angel of fruits. While it is not a taste that most usually enjoy the very first time, it can grow on you slowly and then stick on forever. The raw ones are used in salad and curries, the ripe can be eaten either in solid or liquid form, alone or in combination with other fruits.

Some of the wonderful benefits of papaya are listed below.

  1. Anti-inflammatory: The number of vitamins (A, B, C, K) in papaya help improve immunity and prevents infections. It also promotes healing of burns and wounds.
  2. Cholesterol control: The antioxidants, flavonoids and fiber present in Papaya help in cholesterol/plaque accumulation in the arteries. The lipid and triglyceride content can also be reduced with regular consumption of papayas.
  3. Digestive benefits: The enzyme papain contained in papaya is quite effective in reducing the damage caused by eating junk and oily foods. It helps in breaking down proteins and is, therefore, useful as a home remedy for indigestion. It is also rich in fiber and helps relieve constipation.
  4. Diabetes: The high fiber content in papaya combined with the low calories (a medium-sized fruit contains about 110 calories) is a boon to diabetic patients. They can eat to their full content without feeling guilty of the sugar level. Some people also consume the flower (sautéed in oil) to control diabetes.
  5. Arthritis: The various minerals (potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium) in papaya can help keep a check on arthritis and bone and joint pains in the long run.
  6. Weight loss/ cleansing/ detox: The various minerals and vitamins along with the rich fiber content ensure you get a good detox of the system. Papaya is one of the widely used fruits in people who want to lose weight.
  7. Antiaging effects: The antioxidants help in reducing the rate of inflammation and the multiple vitamins help in looking younger by improving skin, hair, and overall immunity level.
  8. Stress buster: Again, the antioxidants and vitamins (C in particular) is a good way to refresh your energy after a long tiring day.
  9. Anti-cancer effects: The flavonoids, phytonutrients, and antioxidants help to prevent free radical damage which is the main cause of cancer. They also contain beta-carotene which helps control prostate and colon cancer.
  10. Eye health: The beta-carotene, vitamin A, and lutein help in improving moisture in the eyes and controlling macular degeneration.
  11. Hair health: The scalp produces sebum which is rich in vitamin A. Papaya when applied to the scalp gives the same effect as sebum, which keeps the hair shiny, silky, and lustrous. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Benefits of Papaya!

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Delhi
Benefits of Papaya!

Is papaya one of your favorite fruit?

If yes , then I must say you have a good taste. Papaya has many vital nutrients and it is best to be served for breakfast. 

Papaya tastes delicious and is healthy as well. This fruit is a package of minerals, calcium, potassium, fiber, flavonoids and carotenoids. It helps in improving cardiovascular health and guards you from colon cancer.

Yes, it is safe to eat papaya during pregnancy, as long as it is ripe.

A well ripened papaya is rich in vitamins C and E. It is also a good source of fiber and folic acid.

Papaya helps to prevent and control constipation and heartburn.

For these reasons, many experts recommend that pregnant women eat moderate amounts of ripe papaya.

Some women make a tonic by blending portions of ripe papaya with milk and honey. This mixture is considered a rich source of nutrients for pregnant and nursing mums.

The Risks of Eating Papaya in Pregnancy

Papaya is indeed good for health and wellness. This is true for normal conditions but pregnancy is an exception. Eating papaya can cause miscarriage or abortion hence it is not regarded as a good option for consuming in pregnancy.

Mango, pineapple, jack fruit and bananas are also avoided by some,

yet they too have excellent nutritional value and no known negative pregnancy-related consequences.

Choosing the right foods, eating a balanced diet, and gaining a moderate amount of weight are all factors that can help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible.

If you’re still unsure about whether to eat papaya, talk to your Doctor.

Amazing Health Benefits Of Papaya For Babies!

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Delhi
Amazing Health Benefits Of Papaya For Babies!

LIke Papaya, Mango is a juicy 

  • Tropical fruit that many babies (at least 9 months old) enjoy.
  • The health benefits of papaya in baby food include supply of numerous vitamins and minerals, aids in digestion, kills intestinal worms, strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural laxative.
  • Papaya is one of the best fruits that can be given to your child for his or her better health. The fruit contains numerous health benefits which come from the vitamins, minerals and the active biochemicals.
  • Each baby is different as far as their development goes, so you only want to use this as a guide.
  • There’s no reason to rush your baby into any foods they’re not ready for, as they’ll be ready for it all in due time. You’ll probably find that papaya is not the first fruit you end up giving them, as other staples like apples and bananas will likely have found their way to the head of the line.
  • But the soft texture of papaya definitely adds to its digestibility and many babies will enjoy the taste.
  • Papaya contains antioxidants and a good amount of fiber to keep your baby healthy and regular. Overall we weren’t able to find anything that says that papaya should be avoided, or that it contains things that are harmful for your baby.
  • Just to be sure you wouldn’t want to give them a large amount of it at one time,
  • but that’s the same with most first time foods.
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Health benefits of Papaya!

INSTITUTE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES
Ayurveda, Delhi
Health benefits of Papaya!
  • Papaya helps prevent constipation and also aid in digestion.
  • Regularly consuming papaya helps to relieve morning sickness and nausea.
  • Papaya has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-cancerous properties.
  • Papaya is very beneficial to strengthen the immune system.
  • Raw papaya also helps in reducing menstrual irregularities for women. Papaya helps to ease the condition by promoting natural flow of menstruation.
  • Papaya cleans the stomach and studies have shown that papaya alone eaten for 3 to 4 days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach intestines.
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Health Benefits of Papaya

MBBS, DDV
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Health Benefits of Papaya

Why is papaya a great food?

  • High In Fiber Papaya is a great source of dietary fiber . This nutrient absorbs toxins in the colon that can cause cancer and eliminates them from the body through bowel movement. Due to its rich fiber content, papaya aids digestion and imparts a beautiful glow to your skin.
  • Rich In Vitamins And Minerals Papaya contains abundant amounts of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant . It also aids wound healing, reduces the risk of cancer due to oxidative stress, and boosts your immunity to fight common ailments such as cold and cough. This fruit is also replete with vitamin A and minerals like phosphorus, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. Vitamin A is required to maintain healthy vision while phosphorus is needed for good heart health.
  • Rich In Antioxidants The antioxidants present in dried papaya help to strengthen immunity and eliminate free radicals that are hazardous to your health. This fruit contains more amount of beta-carotene than in carrots.
  • Abundant In Bioflavonoids Also known as vitamin P, bioflavonoids are semi-essential nutrients that work as nature’s modifiers and respond to biological changes in the body. The bioflavonoids in papaya modify the reaction of the body to viruses, carcinogens, and allergens, thereby protecting it from harmful and life-threatening diseases.

Skin Benefits of Papaya:

  1. Moisturises the Skin
  2. Clears Pigmentation
  3. Reduces Wrinkles
  4. Reduces under eye dark circles
  5. Cures Eczema and Psoriasis
  6. Treats Melasma
  7. Removes Tan
  8. Controls Acne Breakout      

Hair Benefits of Papaya:

1. Stimulates Hair Growth

2. Controls Dandruff

3. Conditions Hair

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Table of Content

Papaya (Papita)
Nutritional Value of Papaya (Papita)
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Papaya (Papita)
Age-related macular degeneration
Asthma prevention
Cancer prevention
Bone health
Diabetes cure
Better Digestive Health
Improves Heart Health
Skin care
Regulates Menstruation
Helps Reduce Stress
Activates Human Growth Hormones
Uses of Papaya (Papita)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Papaya (Papita)
Cultivation of Papaya (Papita)