As people get older their diets sometimes become more limited, and this can mean that they lose out on vital nutrients. To combat nutrient loss, try adding fresh for frozen papaya to the daily diet. This tropical fruit contains many helpful vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that can help seniors maintain overall health. Here are a few key benefits of papaya, present by El Dorado County Home Care Assistance.
1. Rich in Vitamin C
A single papaya contains over 200 percent of a person’s recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin C. This can help keep the immune system strong enough to fight off illness, since vitamin C is an antioxidant that sweeps up damaging free radicals. This vitamin can also help slow the appearance of age-related wrinkles and other skin damage.
2. Good for Digestion
Papaya contains the enzyme, papain, which can help break down food in the digestive tract. This enzyme is particularly good at breaking down protein. It also has about one fifth of the RDA of fiber, which can help keep things moving along. Those who get enough fiber can avoid the discomforts of constipation and may avoid a potential bowel blockage.
Vitamin C, fiber, and the addition of one fourth the RDA of vitamin E in a single fruit helps keep inflammation down in the body. This can aid in the prevention and relief of conditions like arthritis and asthma.
4. Helps Prevent Cancer
Papaya may also prevent cancer. The antioxidants it contains, including lycopene, may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer in particular. Some studies show regular intake of lycopene-rich foods lowered the risk of prostate cancer in men by as much as 82 percent.
Looking for more information on senior health and nutrition? We have you covered. Our live-in, part-time, and respite caregivers in El Dorado County can grocery shop, prepare healthy meals, and assist with other activities that help seniors maintain overall wellbeing. Learn more by calling (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 and speaking with a friendly Care Manager today.