If you’ve never heard of Paw Paw before, you’re not alone. It’s a fruit that’s native to Central and South America and is sometimes called soursop or guanabana. Paw Paw comes in a variety of shapes and sizes with a white, fibrous pulp. Low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals, it’s a great fruit to add to any healthy eating plan, but that’s only part of its appeal.
The entire Paw Paw fruit is usable—the seeds are just as beneficial as the flesh—and the fruit doesn’t have to be consumed to improve your health. Paw Paw ointment, lip balm, and lotion are also fantastic for you.
So, what are all the benefits of Paw Paw? 7 Benefits of Paw Paw Heart Protection
According to the Heart Foundation
, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia—killing one Australian every 12 minutes. But thanks to Paw Paw you can help your heart. Paw Paw is a rich source of vitamins B, C, and E. Plus; it’s packed with beta-carotene and lycopene, which help to reduce the oxidation of cholesterol within your body’s arteries. Paw Paw can also improve the blood flow to your heart, reducing your chance of a heart attack or stroke. Glowing Skin
As we said in our blog about the 10 Uses for Paw Paw
, Paw Paw is great for your skin, that’s because it has special enzymes called papain. These enzymes exfoliate your skin, to break down the surface of your skin cells to lock in moisture, reduce pore size, and keep wrinkles away. Paw Paw is also great for your skin thanks to its high amount of antioxidants. Digestive Aid
Paw Paw is great for your digestive system. It helps you metabolise and break down food, faster. In particular, Paw Paw seeds ease the digestive process. Anti-Aging
If you want to avoid wrinkles, then Paw Paw is the right fruit for you. Not only is it antioxidant-rich, which helps your skin from the inside out, but Paw Paw is also rich in natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs help your skin look brighter, plumper, and smoother. Plus, Paw Paw helps to naturally hydrate your skin to increase elastic and suppleness. Cancer Benefits
According to a study published in Nutrition and Cancer
Paw Paw can inhibit tumor growth. The study looked at breast cancer patients who were given 200-miligram doses of Paw Paw extract for five weeks. In particular, Paw Paw seeds contain isothiocyanate, which are beneficial at fighting breast, colon lunch, and prostate cancer, as well as leukemia. Weight Control
If you’re trying to lose weight, Paw Paw can help. Each cup of raw Paw Paw has just 148 calories, 2.25 grams of protein, and less than 1 gram of fat. Paw Paw is also extremely high in fibre with 7.4 grams per cup. Eating such high protein and high fibre food not only benefits your digestive system, but it will help you feel fuller for longer without adding calories. Hair Care
Not only is Paw Paw great for your skin, but it’s also great for your hair. Paw Paw has been shown to help stimulate hair growth, while at the same time controlling dandruff and conditioning your hair. Paw Paw’s rich nutrients remove excess oil, prevent chemical build up, and naturally increase the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes necessary for healthy hair.