Coming from a tropical country, I grew up eating plenty of papaya. I have always discarded the seeds when I cut up the papaya, until I read about its surprisingly good health benefits.
Papaya seeds are crunchy to the bite, and have a strong flavor that is a cross between mustard seeds and mild peppercorns.
The papaya fruit is an anti-inflammatory food that is rich with numerous health benefits that include preventing cancer, reducing heart disease, lowering blood sugar level, improving digestive health, wound healing and many more! Read more about the papaya fruit and its cancer-fighting leaves.
If you’re like me, you most likely discard the seeds too—but no more, if you knew what amazing health benefits they provide.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA SEEDS
Improves Digestive Health
The papaya fruit is one of the most effective foods for healing of the digestive system. Its seeds contain strong antibacterial and anti-parasite properties, making them powerful in removing the harmful micro-organisms in your intestinal tract for a healthy digestive system.
Due to its potent anti-pathogen activities, eating a tablespoon of papaya seeds can also help stop food poisoning by killing the bacteria that are causing the problem.
Papaya seeds contain phenolic and flavonoids—powerful compounds that have high antioxidant activities to retard tumor cells growth. The phytonutrient isothiocyanate may prevent cancers of the colon, lungs, breast and prostate.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using papaya seeds for centuries to improve the vital functions of liver by effectively removing harmful toxins.
It has been reported to be even beneficial for individuals suffering from fatty liver (liver cirrhosis). Eating a tablespoon of papaya seeds every day is said to be efficient for detoxifying the liver. Of course, a change of dietary and lifestyle (quit drinking) are also crucial to see any improvement at all.
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.
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.
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.
For centuries, the Indian culture has been eating papaya seeds as a form of natural contraceptive. If you are planning to conceive, avoid eating papaya seeds. Studies in male rat show low sperm production from being fed papaya seeds for a controlled time.
HOW TO EAT PAPAYA SEEDS
There are various ways of eating papaya seeds. I scoop a tablespoon of the seeds directly from the cut fruit and eat it with the fruit. They taste good in this combination.
You could pound the whole lot of the seeds from a fruit, with your mortar and pestle and keep them in a small jar in the fridge for no more than a week. If you intend to keep it for longer, store them in the freezer and thaw before use.
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You could also dry them out under the sun or using a dehydrator. When dried, pound them or use your food processor to grind them into powder form that can be used in your food.
Add a tablespoon of it in your salad, in smoothies, in soups, or even in your cooking!
How Much Papaya Seeds To Eat
Papaya seeds are very potent in their antibacterial properties. Start with eating no more than one tablespoon a day, whether raw and directly from the fruit, or added to your foods.
If you are able to stomach it, you could eat up to two tablespoons a day without any adverse effects. As in all good things, they may cause a reaction when taken in large amounts.