While most people throw papaya seeds away, it turns out that papaya seeds are not only edible, but small amounts of them in your diet can be surprisingly good for you. Keep in mind that chewing half a teaspoon of the seeds is not like eating papaya fruit. They have a strong flavor, more like a cross between mustard and black peppercorns.
If you can handle that, ahead are seven powerful papaya seed benefits, possible precautions you need to know, and recommended ways to add them to your diet for disease prevention and better health.
Below are 7 Amazing Health Benefits of Papaya Seeds
1. Papaya Seeds for Worms and Other Parasitic Infections
Like green papaya, the seeds of papaya fruit contain high levels of the proteolytic enzyme papain, which can help rid your body of parasites such as intestinal worms.
In the same way that papaya seed breaks down undigested protein waste from your food, it can also dissolve the protective biofilm and fibrin that covers parasites, and particularly their eggs, on the walls of your lower intestine.
Good levels of digestive enzymes in your diet also help to improve and normalize your intestinal ecology, making it much less hospitable to worms and other parasites and much harder for them to breed.
Enzyme-rich green papaya powder or capsules are a simple alternative if you don’t have fresh green fruit or seeds. They also give you a consistent and measurable dose.
Make sure you use green papaya powder, though, not ripe papaya powder, if you want the digestive enzyme benefits of papain.
Alongside proteolytic enzymes, the seeds from papaya also contain a unique anthelmintic alkaloid called carpaine that has been shown to kill parasitic worms and amoebas.
There is much more detail on the human parasite problem and an excellent tasting smoothie treatment to get rid of them using papaya seeds for parasites and intestinal worms.
2. Papaya Seed Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis
Liver cirrhosis is a disease usually caused by excessive alcohol consumption over many years, wherein the liver shrinks and becomes hardened. It is ineffective at removing toxins from the body in this state, leading to various severe health problems.
Papaya seeds are often reported as an effective natural treatment for liver cirrhosis and overall liver detoxification.
The recommended method is to grind up around ten dried seeds in a pepper grinder, crush fresh ones in a mortar and pestle and mix them with a tablespoon of squeezed lemon or lime juice in a glass of water.
A 1/4 of a teaspoon of these powdered organic papaya seeds can also be used as an effective replacement option if you don’t have fresh papayas available.
Drink this papaya seed liver treatment down twice a day for a month. Many people living with cirrhosis have had dramatic improvements with this powerful natural remedy, but it does need to be used regularly.
Consult your doctor first if you are being treated for liver cirrhosis, especially regarding the papain enzyme that may interfere with medications.
Even for people without such apparent liver damage, a small number of papaw seeds taken regularly can help support your liver and improve its ability to eliminate toxins within your body.
3. Fighting Bacterial Infections and Treating Food Poisoning
Another potential use of papaya seeds is to combat bacterial infections and even treat food poisoning caused by harmful bacteria.
The seeds of papaya have a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on your digestive system. Studies have shown that an extract made from papaya seeds effectively kills E Coli, Salmonella, Staph, and other dangerous bacteria.
As a natural remedy for food poisoning, papaya seeds should be taken at the first sign of sickness and continued three times a day with each main meal until symptoms subside.
While people suffering from food poisoning often don’t feel like eating, it’s best to take the freshly crushed seeds with a small amount of food. Something simple to digest, like papaya fruit, would be ideal.
For general protection against gastrointestinal infections from harmful bacteria, papaya seeds can be used daily in the small dosage described in this article on how to eat papaya seeds.
4. Combating Candida Yeast Overgrowth
The potent digestive enzymes in papaya seeds help change your intestinal ecology to more favorable to the ‘good bacteria and less so to the bad ones that can cause so many digestive problems.
In this way, papaw seeds can also be a helpful aid in the treatment of candida yeast overgrowth, a familiar yet often undiagnosed health issue with serious consequences.
Candida thrives when your digestive system is out of balance and left untreated, it can cause chronic fatigue, lowered immunity, intestinal inflammation, and a myriad of disorders throughout your body.
By creating a supportive environment for healthy intestinal bacteria, both pathogenic yeasts and debilitating harmful bacteria are much less likely to take hold within your intestinal tract.
This concentrated papaya seed liquid can fight both candida yeast and bacterial infections such as food poisoning. Unlike the fresh seeds, it’s best taken with just a big glass of water and used on an empty stomach 2 to 3 times a day.
5. Treating Viral Infections
There are even reports of using papaya seeds to treat viral infections such as dengue fever successfully. This is a severe disease, so consult a doctor if you contract dengue to monitor your condition.
Papaya leaf juice is an even better natural treatment for dengue fever, as detailed here, including my personal experience with using it, making it, and dosage instructions.
6. Protecting Your Kidneys
Oxidative stress is a common culprit in chronic kidney disease, particularly in patients with diabetes, and can lead to renal failure wherein your kidneys can no longer appropriately filter metabolic waste from your blood.
This study found that an extract of Carica papaya seeds had nephroprotective (kidney protecting) effects against oxidative stress. There isn’t as much evidence as for the other papaya seed’s health benefits through an animal study.
Parsley juice would be an even better natural treatment for detoxifying your kidneys, and it’s also highly beneficial for your liver.
7. Better Digestion with Papaya Seeds
Many people eat large amounts of difficult-to-digest meat and other high-protein foods. Poorly broken down protein can rot in your colon, creating toxic compounds, encouraging harmful bacteria overgrowth and smelly gas.
Proteolytic enzymes, like papain found in papaya seeds, are some of the most potent natural substances for breaking down undigested protein in your digestive tract.
Eating a small number of papaya seeds with a meal containing a lot of meat is a simple way to improve protein digestion and prevent problems like constipation and bad gas later on.
And, as mentioned in the sections on papaya seed benefits for bacterial infections, candida overgrowth, and killing parasites, both papain, and the alkaloid carpaine positively affect your overall intestinal ecology — a vital component of good health and disease prevention.
Precautions and Warnings
A. Despite their beneficial properties, papaya seeds have some side effects to be aware of, and certain people shouldn’t take them. Please check if any of these apply to you before eating papaya seeds.
B. As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds or enzyme-rich green papaya powder. This warning on their use would also extend to mothers who are breastfeeding.
C. Additionally, while papaya seeds have strong anti-parasitic properties, they may be too powerful for young children’s gastrointestinal tracts, so a doctor should be consulted before giving them to infants.
D. There is also some animal research suggesting that eating papaya seeds may temporarily but significantly reduce a man’s fertility to the point that would make pregnancy unlikely. I’ll leave it up to male readers whether they currently consider that a good or bad thing. There’s a detailed look at the contraceptive potential of papaya seeds for men here if you’re interested.
E. Patients using blood-thinning medications like warfarin or aspirin should consult their doctor before they eat papaya seeds regularly as papain may increase the actions of these drugs.
Post Sources– Superfoodprofiles