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What Are the Health Benefits of Pawpaw?

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The pawpaw is a tasty fruit that is rich in vitamins A, B and C and minerals such as calcium, magnesium copper, manganese and phosphorus. There are believed to be many health benefits of pawpaw, such as being beneficial for cancer, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis and external ulcers. The benefits of pawpaw include protecting against colds and flu by strengthening the immune system. It also strengthens the eyesight and protects against the development of cataracts. The pawpaw fruit aids digestion by breaking down proteins and promoting the production of digestive enzymes, and it helps prevent bloating, alleviates chronic indigestion and curbs diarrhea.

Pawpaw is excellent for skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It also reduces cellulite, firms and smooths the skin and stimulates the production of collagen. Pawpaw relieves the discomfort of respiratory conditions. Asthma sufferers may find relief during an asthma attack by inhaling the smoke produced by burning dried pawpaw leaves.

Chewing on pawpaw root can alleviate coughing and bronchitis. The fruit is believed to be useful in the reduction of convulsions and fever. Eating pawpaw is said to speed the healing of wounds. A slice of the unripe fruit also can be applied directly to sores or wounds to assist healing.

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The pawpaw plant has natural compounds that contain cancer-fighting properties. Research has suggested that extracts of the pawpaw plant can significantly reduce tumors in cancer patients. It also can alleviate the nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy that cancer patients experience. Animal studies have also shown that pawpaw can be effective in lowering blood sugar levels as well as lowering cholesterol.

Pawpaw has insecticidal properties and has been proved to be an effective alternative for ridding the body of parasites. People who suffer from intestinal worms can chew on pawpaw seeds to expel the parasites. A shampoo containing an extract from the pawpaw plant has been effective in ridding patients of lice and nits.

The anti-inflammatory properties of pawpaw make it a good natural treatment for inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. One of the benefits of pawpaw is that it helps relieve the inflammation and pain associated with arthritic conditions. Pawpaw also can help treat common injuries of the joints and muscles.

This fruit is beneficial to the cardiovascular system because of its high antioxidant content. It can aid in the prevention of heart attack, stroke and arteriosclerosis. Pawpaw relieves nausea, constipation and toothaches. It lowers the risk of emphysema in smokers and is even credited as a treatment for impotence. Other benefits of pawpaw include its abilities to increase energy, increase vitality and help maintain overall health.

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How does pawpaw help cellulite and how does it do it?

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