Who does not like the flavor and sweetness of the papaya fruit? But did you know that you can also eat its seeds, which have many healthy benefits?
Papaya is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients (Vitamin C, carotenes, and flavonoids), Vitamin B, folate and pantothenic acid, fiber and also minerals (magnesium, potassium, copper).
- Anti-inflammatory action
Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, papaya seeds can alleviate arthritis, joint disease, redness, and pain.
- Healthy kidneys
You can also improve kidney health and prevent renal failure.
- Kills parasites
The Carpaine alkaloid in papaya seeds can kill intestinal worms and the ameba parasites.
- Healthy liver
Papaya seeds contain nutrients that can prevent or relieve symptoms of liver cirrhosis. Grind 5-6 seeds and mix them with food or juice. Take them daily for 30 days. It will also detoxify the liver and keep you away from diseases.
- Combats cancer
The growth of tumors and cancer cells can be stopped thanks to the isothiocyanate compound in the seeds. Papaya seeds are especially beneficial for patients suffering from leukemia, breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral actions
You can also cure many diseases and fight viral infections such as Dengue and Typhoid or kill bacteria such as Staph, E.coli and Salmonella.
How to eat papaya seeds
- Consume them raw
Smaller papayas have seeds with a milder taste compared to the more bitter ones found in larger fruits. You can chew one or two seeds per day during the first week until you get accustomed to the taste. Because they can be quite bitter, chewing too many at once might discourage you from eating any longer.
On the second week, you can increase the quantity to 1/4 tablespoon, then 1/2 tablespoon, until you reach a full tablespoon daily. You can take the seeds with a meal rich in protein as it will make it easier to get the highest amount of benefits from the proteolytic enzymes contained by the seeds. If the bitter taste is still too much for you, you can mix them with honey, but you should still chew them several times before swallowing them.
- Papaya juice
Cut two small papayas into tiny pieces and use a filter cloth to squeeze the pulp through it. Drink 2 tablespoons of this juice on a daily basis.
- Salad dressing
You need one tablespoon of papaya seeds, 1/4 cup of papaya fruit, 1/4 cup of chopped red onion, 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, 1 garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 5 tablespoons of ginger, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/4 cup of olive oil, the juice of one lime, 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt and chili pepper flakes (optional). Take a blender and mix all the ingredients while gradually adding the oil. You will get 250 ml of papaya seed dressing, which you can store in the fridge for up to one week.
Papaya seeds should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women. If you plan to give them to children, consult your doctor first. He will tell you if the seeds are too powerful for their gastrointestinal tracts.