Pawpaw and its Benefits

The Pawpaw Tree is cultivated widely all over the tropical regions for its deliciously sweet pear-shaped fruits. Botanically, the plant is named as Carica papaya and belongs to the genus ‘Carica’ of family ‘Caricaceae’. Papaya is a creamy treat loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other essential nutrients. 

 It is higher in beneficial fats, protein, vitamin B Complex, calcium, phosphorous, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and iron, in comparison to oranges, bananas and apples. The fruit is also a richest source of seven of the essential amino acids. It is loaded with varying amounts of health-promoting antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C and phytochemicals carotenoids and bioflavonoids. It is also excellent source of folate, dietary fiber and vitamin E, and good source of riboflavin, thiamine and niacin.

Ripe papayas aid digestion. Eating them is especially helpful for weak or old people who complain of stomach upset when they eat meat, chicken, or eggs. Papaya aids the digestion of these foods.

Papaya can also help get rid of intestinal worms. Collect 3 or 4 teaspoons (15-20 ml.) of the ‘milk’ that comes out when the green fruit or trunk of the tree is cut. Mix this with an equal amount of honey and stir it into a cup of hot water. If possible, drink along with a laxative. Alternatively, dry and crush to a powder the papaya seeds. Take 3 teaspoons mixed with 1 glass water or some honey three times a day for 7 days. Thus, the papaya seeds powder has the potency to reduce fats  stored around the abdominal region.

Papayas can also be used for treating pressure sores. The fruit contains chemicals that help soften and make dead flesh easier to remove. First clean and wash out a pressure sore that has dead flesh in it. Then soak a sterile cloth or gauze with ‘milk’ from the trunk or green fruit of a papaya plant and pack this into the sore. Repeat cleaning and repacking 3 times a day.

Banana Health Benefits

Banana is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa (In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called plantains). The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. Idu(2007).

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in overchronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack. 
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. 

So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Where is your focus?

In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river. This seems a safe place. Suddenly labour pains begin.

At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above & lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left & sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.

What can the pregnant deer do? 

She is in labour!

What will happen?
Will the deer survive?
Will she give birth to a fawn?
Will the fawn survive?
Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire?
Will she perish to the hunters' arrow?
Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry male lion approaching her?

She is constrained by the fire on the one side & the flowing river on the other & boxed in by her natural predators.  

What does she do?

She focuses on giving birth to a new life.                       

The sequence of events that follows are:
  • *      Lightning strikes & blinds the hunter.
  • *      He releases the arrow which zips past the deer & strikes the hungry lion.
  • *      It starts to rain heavily, & the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.
  • *      The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.

In our life too, there are moments of choice when we are confronted on all sides with negative thoughts and possibilities. Some thoughts are so powerful that they overcome us & overwhelm us.

We too can learn from the deer.

The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby. The rest was not in her hands & any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.

Ask yourself,

Where is your focus?
Where is your faith and hope?
In the midst of any storm, do you keep it on God always?

Remember, He will never ever disappoint you.  NEVER! He neither slumbers nor sleep... Psalm 121.   
Stay focus in all life circumstances.       
Have a great day.