Christopher Columbus depicted the papaya as the “fruit of the angels”, and this is no surprise when we consider the sweet, tender taste of this fruit, with its soft consistency.
The fruit is high in healthy component and offers various health benefits.
It has potent anti-inflammatory properties which prevent serious health issues, and are of great help in the treatment of health problems like wounds, indigestion, including cancer, blood sugar level, and heart diseases.
However, we need to inform you that you should stop tossing the seeds away, as they are the healthiest part of the fruit.
The papaya seeds can be consumed ground, crushed, or raw with honey, in milk, or in salad dressings. This is how to consume them and enjoy their countless health benefits!
Detoxify your Liver
These seeds have been commonly used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine for full body detoxification, and they significantly improve the function of the liver.
The regular use of a tablespoon of papaya seeds effectively removes the toxins from the liver. Studies have also shown that they can be of great help in the case of fatty liver (liver cirrhosis).
You should consume 5 seeds, fresh or dried, twice daily for a month in the case of cirrhosis.
You can also grind up the seeds in a pepper grinder, or crush up if they are fresh in a mortar and pestle, and add them to a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. You should drink this papaya seed treatment twice a day for a month.
Improve Digestive Health
The seeds and fruit are a digestive aid that can kill harmful amoebas and parasites.
One study found that dried seeds effectively killed human intestinal parasites without harmful side-effects. In it, the researchers concluded: “Their consumption offers a cheap, natural, harmless, readily available monotherapy and preventive strategy against intestinal parasitosis, especially in tropical communities.”
Another study found that the seeds protected the digestive tract from ulcers by increasing mucus production and decreasing gastric acidity.
These powerful seeds contain papain and chymopapain, enzymes that have the ability to lower inflammation and promote healing. In Latin America, a paste made from the seeds was traditionally applied to burns and wounds to speed recovery.
The seeds are also commonly used to benefit asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Protect Your Kidneys
The amazing papaya seeds can also help us detoxify our kidneys because of their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Reduces Inflammation In Inflammatory Diseases
As with the papaya fruit, its seeds hold powerful anti-inflammatory properties that fight against inflammation in the body such as arthritis, joint pains, gout and asthma. Two very important enzymes in papaya seeds—papain and chymopapain are the key to reducing inflammation that are associated with these conditions.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
Studies in lab rats show promising improvements in cardiovascular health. Carpaine—a compound found in all of papaya including the leaves and seeds—were found to be effective for decreasing systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial blood pressure.
For centuries, the Indian culture has been eating papaya seeds as a form of natural contraceptive. If you are planning to conceive, avoid eating papaya seeds. Studies in male rat show low sperm production from being fed papaya seeds for a controlled time.
How To Eat Papaya Seeds
Papaya seeds can be eaten raw, or ground and crushed in salad dressings or honey. You can also dehydrate papaya seeds and then grind them similar to black pepper (they taste very similar to black pepper too!).
You can eat as many papaya seeds as you want, although I wouldn’t consume more than one fruit has to offer. Excessive consumption is also not necessary, unless you are actively trying to get rid of parasitic worms.
Pregnant women shouldn’t consume papaya seeds and shouldn’t consume green papaya either. Children should also avoid consuming too many papaya seeds.