When we eat Papaya we usually throw away the seeds. You will change this habit when you will read how healthy they are, preventing and curing diseases related to the gut, liver, kidney, worms etc.
The following list will show the benefits of consuming Papaya seeds.
1. Liver Health
Papaya seeds are rich with nutrients that can heal cirrhosis of the liver. Crush 5 or 6 Papaya seeds and consume them with food, juice, especially lime juice. Repeat this for 30 days. Eating small amounts of seeds will protect and detox the liver.
2. Kidney Health
Experts at the Karachi University have found that seeds from Papaya can improve kidney health and also prevent renal failure. Papaya seeds can do wonders for diseases related to kidney poisoning.
3. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, papaya seeds are great for joint disease, alleviating arthritis, pain, swelling and redness.
4. Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties
Papaya seeds, even in small amounts can kill bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli and Staph. Also, they fight infections and cure Typhoid, Dengue and other harmful diseases. People in Nigeria drink milk with Papaya seeds as cure for Typhoid fever. In Costa Rica, the seeds are used to fight Dengue fever.
Making papaya juice
Take 2 papaya leaves. Wash them and cut into tiny pieces. Pound the pulp and squeeze through a filter cloth. You can squeeze around 2 tablespoons of juice.
Consume 2 tablespoons once a day.
5. Arresting Cancer
Papaya seeds have agents that can stop the growth of tumors and cancer cells. They contain isothiocyanate, which helps with breast, colon, leukemia, lung and prostate cancer.
6. Destroys Parasites
Papaya seeds have an alkaloid named "Carpaine" that kills amoeba parasites and intestinal worms. Papaya fruit easy metabolizes proteins and that way make the gastrointestinal tract great place for parasites. Children in Nigeria after consuming Papaya seed juice for 7 days get rid of 75 % of parasites in their gut.
7. Natural Contraceptive
Papaya seeds are natural contraceptives for women and men, without any side effects. People in the Indian subcontinent and also in parts of Southeast Asia, have used papaya seeds and papaya fruit for centuries, as a form of birth control.
8. Aids Digestion
Papaya seeds are rich in the enzyme papain, which protects digestion and it is a great solution for women who want to get pregnant.
For men, consuming 1 teaspoon of Papaya seeds daily, for 3 months can reduce sperm production not affecting the libido. This effect is temporary, if men stop consuming Papaya seeds the fertility returns to normal.
How to consume papaya seeds
Papaya seeds can be consumed raw, crushed or ground in milk, honey or salad dressings.
Side effects and possible warnings for using seeds from Papaya
Besides, many health benefits, papaya seeds can be dangerous for pregnant women, and women that are breastfeeding. Papaya seeds can be too strong for gastrointestinal tract of babies and young children.