Papaya – Potassium Content And Recipes

June 13, 2010 3 Comments

Papaya is Rich in PotassiumPapaya – The Queen of Tropical Fruits

Papaya is as nutritious and exotic as it is rich in potassium. With 781 mg. of potassium to be had in one papaya, it will go a long way towards helping you recover from a potassium deficiency. In fact, the papaya is also noted for its many medicinal properties. Papaya has been used as a folk medicine, as a laxative, antibacterial treatment, analgesic, amebicide, hypotensive and cardiotonic.

For Inflammation

Papaya has an anti-inflammatory aspect, and this greatly reduces inflammations that bring in conditions such as arthritis, gout and asthma.

For Toxins

This potassium rich food is also rich in fibre. During bowel movements, it helps eliminate the toxins that can cause colon cancer.

For Digestion

Papaya is a natural laxative and known to aid digestion. If papaya is eaten regularly, it can ease both constipation and chronic diarrhea, as well as bleeding piles.

For The Lungs

If you are exposed regularly to smokers, or if you smoke frequently then you should drink papaya juice. It helps reduce lung inflammation.

Papaya has three, powerful anti-oxidants. These control cholesterol levels, for which high levels can result in strokes and heart problems.

For Menstrual Flow

If you consume unripe (green) papaya, it is also very beneficial – especially to those who have an Green Papaya Waiting to be Pickedirregular menstrual flow. Consumption of papaya regulates proper menstrual flow, and provides a soothing sensation. Green papaya also has the benefit of being the main ingredient in delicious Green Papaya Salad. (See the recipe below.)

For The Skin

Unripe (green) papaya juice is very beneficial to people who have skin problems, like psoriasis and acne. When papaya is applied on wounds, it helps lessen swelling and formation. Papaya makes your skin look delicate and smooth. Try it and you’ll be surprised at the effect.

For The Throat

Mix unripe papaya and honey. This helps reduce inflamed tonsils and other throat infections. It also prevents the spread of infections.

For The Spleen

Papaya is beneficial if you suffer from spleen enlargement. Place a ripe papaya for about one week in vinegar. Then eat daily – until your spleen is normalised.

Potassium Rich Foods – Papaya Recipes

I. Green Papaya Salad


1 cup (89 grams) of cubed green cabbage
2 cups (200 grams) of grated green papaya
3 minced garlic cloves
½ pound string beans
3 chillies, dried and chopped
1 tablespoon (12.5 grams) of sugar
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) lime juice
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) of soy sauce
5 tablespoons (70 grams) roasted and crushed peanuts
4 tablespoons (5.6 grams) chopped cilantro leaves
3 tomatoes cut into slices


1. Put your green cabbage in a large platter and arrange the papaya and beans in layers.
2. Mix the garlic, soy sauce, sugar, chillies and lime juice together in a small bowl.
3. Sprinkle the dressing over the salad. Place peanuts, tomatoes and cilantro on top.

Serving Size: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

II. Papaya Ice Cream


¾ cup (175 grams) of white sugar, granulated
2 eggs
1 ripe papaya, peeled, sliced and seeded
1 ¾ cups (420 ounces) of whipping cream, heavy
1 fresh lime


1. Put sugar, cream and eggs in a pan
2. Cook over low heat. Stir until thickened.
3. Do not boil.
4. Remove and let it cool, occasionally stir in order to avoid skin from forming.
5. Put papaya in a blender fitted preferably with a metal blade.
6. Juice the fresh lime. Set aside the lie zest.
7. Add both the juice and zest into the blender along with the papaya.
8. Add papaya mixture to the thickened cream. Stir thoroughly.
9. Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze accordingly.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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3 Comments to “Papaya – Potassium Content And Recipes”
  1. Igor says:

    ohh Thanks for such great information 😀

  2. hitsugaya554 says:

    Hi.. Nice info! 🙂
    Can I know where you cited this?
    What is the references?
    It will be a great help guys!
    Thanks a lot ^^

  3. Bill says:

    Hi. Many of papaya’s benefits come from papain, and enzyme it contains. Some research, if you want to read more:
    Starley, I.F.; Mohammed, P.; Schneider, G.; Bickler, SW. The treatment of peadiatric burns using topical papaya. Burns 1999 Nov 25(7)636-9
    Okeniyi JA, Ogunlesi TA, Oyelami QA, Adeyemi LA. Effectiveness of dried Carica papaya seeds against human intestinal parasitosis: a pilot study. J Med Food . 2007;10(1):194-196
    Mehdipour S, Yasa N, Dehghan G, et al. Antioxidant potentials of Iranian Carica papaya juice in vitro and in vivo are comparable to alpha-tocopherol. Phytother Res . 2006;20(7):591-594
    Owoyele BV, Adebukola OM, Funmilayo AA, Soladoye AO. Anti-inflammatory activities of ethanolic extract of Carica papaya leaves. Inflammopharmacology . 2008;16(4):168-173
    Osato JA, Santiago LA, Remo GM, Cuadra MS, Mori A. Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of unripe papaya. Life Sci . 1993;53(17):1383-1389
    Otsuki N, Dang NH, Kumagai E, Kondo A, Iwata S, Morimoto C. Aqueous extract of Carica papaya leaves exhibits ant-tumor activity and immunomodulatory effects. J Ethnopharmacol . 2010;127(3):760-767

    The lung assistance refers to papaya’s high levels of beta-cryptoxanthin, which is a member of the carotenoid family.

    It’s really quite an amazing fruit, and just checking the sources for you makes me think I should add more to this article.

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