While most of the people usually throw them away, papaya seeds are not only edible but small amounts of them can be surprisingly good for your health. Keep in mind that the seeds have bitter and peppery flavor. If you can’t handle the taste, you can have them grounded and added to milk, honey or your favorite smoothie.
Worms and other parasitic infections
Papaya seeds are rich in proteolytic enzymes like papain, which can help to eliminate intestinal parasites from the body. In the same way, that proteolytic enzymes break down proteins from the food, it may also break down intestinal worms and their eggs. Also, papaya seeds contain an alkaloid Carpaine that can kill intestinal worms and ameba parasites. Studies performed on children in Nigeria showed that drinking papaya seeds juice for a week helped to get rid of parasites in 75 percent of the time.
Treatment for liver cirrhosis
These seeds are often considered to be an effective treatment for liver cirrhosis. Papaya seeds contain vital nutrients that help heal liver cirrhosis. One method is to grind up around five or six dried papaya seeds, or citrus up fresh seeds and mix them with a tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Drink this mixture two times a day for a month. Many people have had amazing improvements healing liver cirrhosis with papaya seeds.
For people without liver problems, a small dose papaya seeds taken regularly can protect the liver from disease. Anything that can improve the function of the liver will improve your health in general.
Antibacterial and antiviral
Papaya seeds have a strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. A small amount of papaya seeds can kill bacteria such as E.Coli, Staphylococcus, Salmonella and other dangerous bacterial infections. Papaya seeds also have good antiviral properties and helps to heal viral infections. Some examples are dengue fever and typhoid.
According to the researchers, papaya seeds are rich in isothiocyanates. These are phytochemicals known to keep tumors and cancer cells from spreading. It has shown that consumption of papaya seeds is highly effective in stopping prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, breast and lung cancer from multiplying and spreading to other parts of the body.
Promotes digestive health
Certain enzymes in papaya seeds, such as papain are known to be effective at increasing the assimilation of proteins in food. Thus provides your body to take advantage of this macronutrient that helps to build, maintain and repair muscles and tissues.
Papaya seeds possess strong anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a condition that promotes the favorable environment for the development of numerous health conditions such as arthritis, weight gain, diabetes, heart diseases, osteoporosis, cancer, etc.
Precautions and warnings
As a precaution, pregnant women, as well as breastfeeding women, shouldn’t use papaya seeds or the enzyme-rich green papaya. Also, antiparasitic properties of papaya seeds could be too powerful for kids so you should consult with a doctor or pharmacist before giving it.
The benefits of papaya seeds, with their high levels of enzymes, are powerful. You don’t need many at a time, five or six seeds at once is more than enough. After you scrape them out of a fresh papaya fruit, it is the best to keep them in a glass of jar in the fridge.
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