Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.
Most of us when we eat Papaya, we trash the Seeds. But little of us know how beneficial they are and how they can prevent and cure a plethora of ailments related to the liver, gut, worms and even diseases like Dengue. The following is a list, that illustrate the benefits of eating Papaya Seeds.
Papaya Seeds contain many nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver. Grind or crush 5-6 Papaya Seeds and have them with food or juice, especially lime juice. This should be done for 30 days.However eating small amounts of Papaya seeds regularly helps in detoxing the liver and keeps liver diseases at bay.
Researchers at the University of Karachi have found that Papaya Seeds can be used to improve kidney health and preventing renal failure. They can make wonders for kidney poisoning related diseases.
Papaya Seeds have anti-inflammatory properties so they are great for alleviating arthritis, joint disease, swelling, pain, and redness.
4.Anti-bacterial and Anti-Viral properties
A small amount of Papaya Seeds can kill harmful bacteria like E. coli, Staph, and Salmonella. They also help fight viral infections and cures Dengue, Typhoid, and numerous other diseases. In Nigeria, Papaya Seeds with Milk is an excellent cure for Typhoid fever.
The seeds have been extensively used in Costa Rica to fight against Dengue fever. The juice from papaya leaves can help cure the same.
Making papaya juice:
• Use 2 papaya leaves
• Wash and cut into smaller pieces
• Pound and squeeze the pulp through a filter cloth
• Only 2 tablespoons of juice can be squeezed out
• Two tablespoons per serving once a day.
Papaya Seeds contain agents that stop the growth of cancer cells and tumors. They contain isothiocyanate which works well for colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancer.
The Seeds of Papaya contain an alkaloid called “Carpaine” that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites.Also Papaya Fruit helps metabolize proteins and makes the gastrointestinal tract an extremely hostile place for parasites to live and thrive. Studies have shown that children in Nigeria have got rid of parasites in their gut 75% of the times, by consuming Papaya Seed Juice for 7 days.
Papaya Seeds are excellent natural contraceptives for men and women, without any side-effects. For centuries,men and women in the Indian subcontinent and in parts of Southeast Asia have traditionally used the papaya fruit and its seeds as a form of birth control.
Papaya and Papaya Seeds are high in the enzyme papain. Papain is a beneficial aid to protein digestion, and also the best solution for women who are trying to get pregnant.
For males, eating one teaspoon of Papaya Seeds every day for 3 months can greatly reduce sperm production without affecting libido. However, this effect is temporary: when Papaya Seeds are discontinued the fertility comes back to normal.
How to eat papaya seeds:
Papaya Seeds can be eaten raw , ground or crushed in Salad dressings, milk or honey.
Side effects and potential warnings for using papaya seeds:
Papaya Seeds have many healthy benefits but pregnant women should not use papaya seeds or the enzyme-rich green papaya. This warning on their use would also extend to breastfeeding. Additionally, while papaya seeds do 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.
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