FARMERS FORUM: The need to cultivate Pawpaw for Health and Economic benefits:

Ambassador Godwin Apple

The importance of pawpaw in our bodies’ health.

Pawpaw, also known as papaya, is a tropical fruit, and it can be found everywhere in Cross River State of Nigeria.

This species can be found in the wild bushes around us as we care less about it but concentrate on other fruits of personal choices.

It is packed with various nutrients and health/economic benefits.

In this writeups, I would like to expand some knowledge focusing on the important role pawpaw plays in our health:

Researchers discovered that pawpaw is rich in vitamins and minerals.

It is a great source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as folate, potassium, and magnesium.

These nutrients are important for maintaining healthy skin, boosting the immune system, and supporting overall well-being.

Supports digestion: Pawpaw contains an enzyme called papain, which aids digestion by breaking down proteins and promoting better nutrient absorption. It is often used as a natural remedy for digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and indigestion.

Pawpaw boosts the immune system, the high vitamin C content in pawpaw strengthens the immune system and helps in fighting off infections and illnesses.

Additionally, it contains antioxidants like beta-carotene, lycopene, and flavonoids that protect the body against free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Promotes heart health because it’s contains a natural enzyme called fibrin that helps prevent blood clotting, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Pawpaw fibre content in pawpaw also aids in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, thus supporting cardiovascular health.

It is scientifically agreed that pawpaw supports skin health.

Pawpaw is known for its skin-enhancing properties, such as the vitamins and antioxidants present in it, help in reducing skin inflammation, promoting wound healing, and preventing signs of age.

It can also be used topically as a natural exfoliant to improve skin texture and tone.

There’s no doubt medically that pawpaw improves eye health.

The high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene in pawpaw are beneficial for maintaining good vision and reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and other eye disorders.

To incorporate pawpaw into your diet, you can enjoy it fresh, blend it into smoothies, add it to salads, or use it as a topping for yoghurt or oatmeal.

However, as with any food, it’s important to consume pawpaw in moderation and consult your healthcare provider if you have any specific health concerns or allergies.

Unlike in Obudu, groundnut, and slide dried pawpaw soup is a delicacy.

Ambassador Agim Godwin Apple, addressing AYADE Farmers Forum. [email protected]

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