We all know how healthy papaya is. But do you know the health benefits of papaya seeds? Here is a list of some of the health benefits papaya seeds offer.
- Kidney Health
According to the scientists from University of Karachi, papaya seeds can significantly improve kidney health and prevent renal disease. They are great for diseases caused by kidney poisoning.
- Liver Health
Papaya seeds are loaded with nutrients which are extremely beneficial for the liver. Crush or grind 5-6 papaya seeds and consume them with food or juice, best with lime juice. d this for 30 days. Also, eating small amounts of papaya seeds on regular basis will detoxify your liver and prevent liver disease.
- Anti-bacterial and Anti-viral Properties
Just a small amount of papaya seeds is strong enough to destroy harmful bacteria like E. coli, Staph, and Salmonella. Also, they are effective in treating viral infections and can cure Dengue, Typhoid, and many other diseases. In Nigeria, the mixture of papaya seeds with milk is widely used as a natural remedy for Typhoid fever.
- Anti-inflammatory Properties
Papaya seeds have natural anti-inflammatory effects and can relieve arthritis, joint pain, swelling and redness.
- Destroys Parasites
Papaya seeds contain an alkaloid known as “Carpaine” which is effective in destroying intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. Furthermore, papaya fruit improves the metabolism of proteins and makes the digestive tract a very hostile place for the parasites to live and thrive. According to studies, children in Nigeria who have consumed papaya seed juice for 7 days have got rid of parasites in their gut 75% of the times.
- Arresting Cancer
Papaya seeds contain nutrients which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tumors. They are rich in isothiocyanate which can prevent leukemia, colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer.
- Aids Digestion
Papaya and papaya seeds are rich in papain, an enzyme which is extremely beneficial for protein digestion. In addition, they are the best natural solution for women who are trying to conceive.
- Natural Contraceptive
The seeds of papaya act as natural contraceptives for both men and women, without any side effects. Men and women in the Indian subcontinent and in parts of Southeast Asia have used papaya fruit and seeds as natural contraceptives for centuries.
In men, one teaspoon of papaya seeds a day in a period of three months can significantly reduce sperm production without affecting libido. But, the effect is temporary and once you stop consuming papaya seeds, the fertility will go back to normal.
How To Eat Papaya Seeds
You can consume them raw, crushed or ground in salad dressings, milk and honey.
Moreover, people in Costa Rica use the seeds to treat Dengue fever. Fresh juice from papaya leaves cure the same.
How To Make Papaya Juice:
- Take 2 papaya leaves
- Wash and cut them in smaller pieces
- Pound and squeeze the pulp through a filter cloth
- Only 2 tablespoons of juice can be squeezed out
- Take two tablespoons of the juice once a day
Side effects and potential warnings for using papaya seeds:
Pregnant women should avoid consuming papaya seeds or green papaya. It also appeals to breastfeeding women. Moreover, papaya seeds have powerful anti-parasitic effects which may be too strong for children and therefore, you should consult a doctor before giving them to your children.