Everyone knows that papaya is healthy, but rarely anyone is aware of the health benefits of the fruit’s seeds. Here’s a list of some of the health benefits of papaya seeds:
- Improves your liver health
Papaya seeds contain nutrients which your liver needs. Consuming 5-6 of the seeds every day for a month along your meals or with a glass of juice will clean your liver and help it function properly.
- Improves your kidney health
A study conducted at the University of Karachi showed that the seeds can improve your kidney health and clean your organs from toxins.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Thanks to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties, papaya seeds can help you relieve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, swelling and redness.
- Antibacterial and antiviral properties
Another benefit of consuming papaya seeds is that they can destroy harmful bacteria such as E. Coli, Staph or Salmonella. They can also treat dengue fever, typhoid and numerous other diseases. People in Nigeria have been using them to treat typhoid fever, while in Costa Rica, the seeds of the tropical fruit are used against dengue fever. These conditions can be relieved by consuming fresh papaya juice. Here’s how to prepare it:
- Inhibit cancer cell growth
One of the best benefits of papaya seeds is their ability to inhibit cancer cell and tumor growth. This occurs due to their rich isothiocyanate content which prevents different types of cancer such as leukemia, colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer.
- Eliminates parasites
Papaya seeds contain an alkaloid known as carpaine which can destroy parasites in the body. Aside from that, carpaine can improve your protein metabolism and create a hostile environment for bacteria and parasites in your digestive tract. Studies have shown that consuming papaya juice for only a week can result in 75% reduction of parasites in the digestive tract.
- A natural contraceptive
Papaya seeds are a natural contraceptive for both sexes and don’t have any adverse side-effects. People from Asia and the Indian continent have been using them to prevent having babies for a long time.
- Aids digestion
Papaya seeds are rich in papain, an enzyme that can improve your protein digestion and is also great for women trying to conceive. Men should take a teaspoon of the seeds for a period of three months to reduce their sperm production, but you should be aware that the effect is temporary and stops once you stop taking papaya seeds.
You can consume the seeds raw, crushed or ground and add them to salad dressings, honey and milk.
Side effects and potential dangers
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid consuming the seeds. Due to the powerful anti-parasitic effects they possess, you should consult with a doctor before giving them to your children.