Hidden health Benefits of Paw-Paw
In the elementary science, paw-paw is classified with other 22 plants and trees inthe paw-paw genus. Paw-paw belongs to the family of carica papaya.
Back in my village, paw-paw was consumed like other fruits such as banana, mango, carrot; without any special reason though. However, with education and its antendant benefits, one can now appreciate the need to embrace paw-paw and its health benefits. With education too, we could see that paw-paw apart from the health benefits, could be consumed in different forms.
Briefly, the following nutritional health benefits could be derived from the consumption of paw-paw:
* It is easily digestible.
* It aids in the digestion of other foods.
* It is rich in vitamins A and C.
* Paw-paw juice mixed with milk is a good blood tonic.
* It prevents stomach troubles such as indigestion, constipation etc.
* It is good in the treatment of infective diarrhea.
* It smoothens the skin and prevents skin problems like eczema, pimples, and acne.
* It is good in the treatment of stomach ulcer.
* Control of asthmatic attack by burning and inhaling the dry leaves.
Paw-paw can be consumed in different forms. Some people prefer it riped and soft while others prefer it half-riped and strong. Whichever way it is consumed, there is the presence of vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and soluble vegetable fiber.
Back in the village still, paw-paw has been used in the treatment and prevention of many sicknesses; there is though no scientific prove of these assertions. For instance, paw-paw leaves mixed with unriped ones in collaboration with some other leaves when boiled together is used in the treatment of malaria; chewing at least 2 tablespoon of the seeds of unriped paw-paw first thing in the morning and last thing in the night for about 3 days is a good worm expeller; control of asthma attack by burning and inhaling the dry health leaves.
While writing this hub, I discovered that contrary to my earlier belief that paw-paw originated in my village in Nigeria, paw-paw actually originated from South America!