Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.
During the summer months why not try this simple smoothie to get you started for your day.
- 1/2 ripe papaya
- 1 1/2 cups of pineapple (cut up)
- 2 dates (pitted)
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- Blend all ingredients in a blender on high for 30 seconds.