Health benefits of papaya seeds may include protection against age-related macular degeneration, prevention of asthma, prevention of cancer, improved bone health and diabetes regulation, reports Medical News Today. Other potential benefits a positive impact on bone health, heart diseases, chronic inflammation, wound healing and skin improvement.
Papaya is rich in vitamin C, and half a papaya provides 150 percent of the recommended vitamin C dietary intake, according to WebMD. Vitamin C may help boost the immune system due to its antioxidant properties. The vitamin is essential for production and maintenance of collagen, promoting the healthy structure of skin and hair. Papaya is rich in vitamin A, low in calories, cholesterol-free, fat-free and high in fiber.
Papaya is used by some as a traditional medicine for treatment of diseases such as cancers, diabetes tumors, hemorrhoids and tropical infection, according to Drugs.com. The fruit contains a powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, that may help prevents the growth of colon cancer and prostate cancer. The high fiber level in papaya potentially helps control diabetes, reports Medical News Today.
Papaya is a good source of folate, potassium, lutein and zeaxanthan, calcium and lycopene, which alongside the fiber and vitamins, may help prevent heart diseases. A decline in sodium intake and an increase in potassium intake helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.