2. Papaya Helps the Eyes
Papaya contains the carotenoid known as “beta-carotene” that the body converts to vitamin A. This vitamin is critically important for eye health and clear vision. Papaya also has substantial amounts of the phytonutrients zeaxanthin and lutein. Also known as xanthophylls, lutein and zeaxanthin reside in the macular portion of the eyes. They guard against harmful high energy blue light as well as ultraviolet light. Studies show that a solid intake of these phytonutrients mitigates the risk of the most common cause of blindness in the United States: age-related macular degeneration, often referred to with the acronym of “ARMD”. Furthermore, papaya’s phytonutrients also serve to guard against the onset of chronic eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts.