Papaya is a delicious fruit, but it has only recently become very famous because it’s abundant in numerous health benefits, thanks to its content of fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, papain, thiamine, niacin, and vitamins, which especially boost intestinal movement and the immune system.
But, people who eat papaya almost always remove its seeds without realizing that they can also be eaten and also have some significant health benefits.
In this article, we’re going to present you a list that illustrates the health benefits of consuming papaya seeds.
Papaya seeds contain numerous vital nutrients that help heal liver cirrhosis. Grind or crush 5-6 papaya seeds and take them with some food or juice, especially lime juice. Do this for 30 days. Eating small amounts of papaya seeds regularly helps in detoxing the liver and keeps liver diseases at bay.
You may not believe this, but kidney health and renal failure can be prevented with the use of papaya seeds. This also applies to diseases related to kidney poisoning.
Papaya seeds are very powerful anti-inflammatory agents and that makes them highly efficient in relieving arthritis, joint pain, swelling and redness.
Anti-bacterial and Anti-Viral properties
A very small amount of papaya seeds can kill bacteria such as E. Coli, Staph, and Salmonella and work well against food poisoning. They are also very successful in fighting viral infections and healing dengue, typhoid, and a number of other diseases. Papaya seeds with milk is an excellent remedy for typhoid fever and is widely used in Nigeria.
Isothiocyanate is the main ingredient of papaya seeds. It works well against colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancer.
These seeds contain an alkaloid called “carpaine,” which is highly beneficial against intestinal worms and ameba parasites. Papaya stimulates protein metabolism in the body by creating an extremely unfriendly environment in the digestive tract for parasites to thrive. Studies have proved that 75% of children in Nigeria eliminate gut parasites by simply consuming papaya seed juice for only 7 days.
According to different researches, eating papaya seeds can greatly reduce the sperm production without affecting the libido. Both men and women on the Indian subcontinent and in parts of Southeast Asia have traditionally used papaya and its seeds as a form of birth control for many centuries.
Both unripe papaya and papaya seeds possess a high content of the enzyme called papain. This enzyme is extremely beneficial for protein digestion, but still, it would be best avoided by women who are trying to conceive.
How to Eat Papaya Seeds
You can consume papaya seeds in several ways: raw (though it has a strong, peppery but bitter taste), ground or crushed in salad dressings, milk or honey.
Side effects and potential warnings for using papaya seeds:
As we mentioned previously, pregnant women should avoid consuming papaya seeds or green papaya. It is also the same for breastfeeding women. Papaya seeds also possess powerful anti-parasitic effects which may be too strong for children, so before you decide to give them to younger children, consult a doctor first.