The papaya is a tropical fruit that has anti-inflammatory properties and also provides numerous health benefits, such as preventing cancer, lowering blood sugar level, reducing heart disease, improving digestive health, wound healing and others.
While everyone knows well about the papaya fruit, we believe that there are a small amount of the people who have heard that papaya seeds can be used for many medical purposes, so our intention in this article is to inform you why are they so good. When you knew what amazing health benefits they provide, you will never discard them.
Papaya seeds are characterized by their strong flavor that is something between mustard seeds and mild peppercorns.
HERE ARE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA SEEDS
1. Improves Digestive Health
Among the fruits that improve the digestive system the papaya fruit is in the very high position. Its healing effects are linked to the strong antibacterial and anti-parasite properties, which are especially found in the seeds. That contains makes the seeds powerful in removing the harmful micro-organisms in your intestinal tract, thus improving the digestive system in general.
They also have potent anti-pathogen activities, so eating a tablespoon of papaya seeds can help you to stop food poisoning, as they kill the bacteria that are causing the problem.
2. Prevents Cancer
A study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer examined the chemopreventive properties of the seeds. They found that the seeds’ flavonoids prevented cancer through their antioxidative and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. In particular, the compounds protected both healthy cells and the genetic information they contain.
The seeds are also chock-full of isothiocyanates, compounds that prevent cancer by enhancing the transcription of tumor suppressor proteins. They are most effective against chemically-induced cancers of the lung, liver, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, and mammary gland (breast).
3. Detox your Liver
These seeds were popular in the Conventional Chinese Medicine with regard to full body detox, plus they significantly enhance the function of the liver.
The normal use of the tbsp of papaya seeds efficiently eliminates the harmful toxins out of the liver. Research has additionally shown they can be of excellent help in the situation of cirrhosis.
You need to consume five seeds, twice every day for 30 days if you have cirrhosis.
You may also grind the seeds, or even crush them if they’re fresh in a mortar as well as a pestle, then add these to a tbsp of refreshing lime juice. You need to drink this particular papaya seeds treatment two times a day for 1 month.
4. Detoxifies Kidneys
Papaya seeds have potent medicinal values that are very beneficial for detoxifying the kidneys. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the seeds protect the kidneys from toxin-induced inflammation.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Natural Contraceptive
In the Indian culture, the papaya seeds were used as a form of natural contraceptive. This means that you should avoid eating papaya seeds if you are planning to conceive.
HERE’S HOW TO EAT THE PAPAYA SEEDS
With a spoon, I scoop of the seeds directly from the cut fruit and eat it with the fruit. I think this is the best taste combination.
You can also put the seeds in a jar and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. (You can even freeze them for longer period of time)
Another way is to dry them out using a dehydrator (or under the sun). After that, you can use a food processor to grind them and consume them as a powder add-on for salads, smoothies, soups etc.
HOW MUCH PAPAYA SEEDS SHOULD YOU EAT
You should start with one tablespoon per day. (It doesn’t matter if it is raw, or added to your food).