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Health Benefits of Papaya

This fruit is traditionally grown in tropical countries around the world, but the Papaya was believed to have originated from Central America. Papaya was called “fruit of the angels” by the Conquistadors due to its heavenly taste. Papaya’s can be grown all year round and are available in many groceries and supermarkets. Papaya is often referred to as a superfood, as it has many health benefits. Papaya’s have traditionally been used to support the digestive system. Papaya fruit contains an enzyme similar to bromelain, called papain.This enzyme helps to breaks down protein, which makes it an excellent digestive aide. Papain, like bromelain is also helpful in reducing inflammation and in treating allergies. There are many health benefits of Papaya, and it is a very underused fruit. It contains many essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin C. Papaya is also a good source of fibre, which helps to reduce cholesterol levels. Together, these properties make papaya a good natural remedy for promoting the health of the cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems. Papaya has been touted as an anti-ageing food. This may bebecause this fruit promotes better digestion, and helps the body to absorbvital nutrients. Papaya also contains beta-carotene which can help to preventprostate cancer in men. This fruit is also a good source of lutein, which havebeen found to protect the eyes from macular degeneration. Papaya has also been found to be helpful in diabetes,although more research is required. Studies have found that papaya contains soluble fibre that helps to control blood sugar levels by slowing sugar absorption. This is promising as people who may be prone to developing diabetes can include papaya as part of their daily diet to help prevent the illness. In summary, this fruit has many health benefits and shouldform part of your diet. Alongside being a health food, it is a delicious fruitthat can also been made into a...

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Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green coloured micro- algae that grows in warm, alkaline waters around the world. Spirulina produces 20 times more protein than soya beans. It is 65-71% complete protein compared to beef’s 22%. (This is further proof that a vegetarian diet can provide you with adequate amounts of protein).   Spirulina contains:   All 8 essential amino acids Iron Vitamin B12 (important for vegetarians) Potassium Magnesium Selenium Calcium Chlorophyll   Health benefits of Spirulina: Stabilise blood sugar levels and stops food cravings between meals Helps to lower cholesterol Supports the immune system Helps the body to absorb minerals Strengthens the nervous system Supports weight loss Improves recovery after exercise Spirulina is usually available as a tablet or powder. You can mix the powder with water, juice or milk to make a refreshing smoothie. You can take this in between meals or after a work-out to help your body recover. As spirulina is an alkaline food, it is a very important supplement for people who consume acidic foods such as coffee, alcohol, dairy foods,sugar and meat. A diet high in acidic foods is related to arthritis and stomach ulcers. Spirulina appears to be an ideal natural supplement to neutralise the body by balancing the pH. This supplement also improves the absorption of essential minerals, as well as prevent illnesses such as heartburn, arthritis, kidney stones and...

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