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1. LATERS, BLOATINGOne of the amazing benefits of papaya? It’s amazing for food hangovers. (Definition: when you wake up the morning after a cheat meal, swollen and puffy from the sodium-heavy chips, salsa, and burrito you consumed the night before.)

That’s because papayas contain papain — aka the de-bloating enzyme. Papain helps you break down fiber and protein so that it’s easier to digest. Easy digestion = flat tummy.

2. ALL THE VITAMIN C

Oranges, smoranges. Papayas kill it in the vitamin C game. A small papaya contains around 95 grams of vitamin C, compared to the 51 grams in a small orange.

Vitamin C basically tells your immune system that it betta work. It stimulates the production of antibodies, which gives your immune system a boost and helps it fight infection.

3. STAY REGULAR

Or, in less “polite” terms, they help you poop (yes, I went there). Talking about digestive issues isn’t the sexiest convo, but whatevs. It’s happening.

Remember all that vitamin C we were just talking about? Yeah, in addition to boosting your immune system, it also helps soften your stool. This is great news if you’re suffering from constipation or general BM issues. The papain in papayas also helps move things along.

Plus, papayas are a good source of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps your stool “bulk up” as it goes through your intestines so you can, ahem, pass it more easily.

4. BETA-CAROTENE

Beta-carotene is a superpowerful antioxidant that keeps your skin and eyes healthy. While carrots and tomatoes are typically the It-produce when it comes to beta-carotene, you shouldn’t discount papayas. They contains a form of beta-carotene that’s three times easier for our bodies to absorb, according to a study from the British Journal of Nutrition.

Pair papaya with a healthy fat for optimum absorption.

5. GLOWY SKIN

If you only eat papaya, you’re missing out on some serious glowy skin opportunities. The combination of papain and fruit enzymes in papaya makes it an exfoliation ace. Using papaya in a DIY mask will help remove dead skin cells, which means radiant skin and clear pores. It can even help diminish the look of skin discoloration. And the recipe is oh-so-easy: Simply mash up a quarter cup of papaya, apply it to your face and neck, wait 15-20 minutes, then rinse. Use once a week for best results.


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