Papaya fruit or Carica papaya (also known as papaw or pawpaw) is an exotic fruit, native to Mexico, with a sweet, musky taste, and a butter-like consistency.
Its distinctive and unique flavor and amazing properties have been valued and enjoyed for centuries, and Christopher Columbus called it “the fruit of angels”.
This fruit has got a pear-shaped, spherical shape, and can be purchased in markets throughout the entire year.
Papaya is a rich source of nutrients, such as carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids like folate, pantothenic acid and B vitamins and minerals, like copper, magnesium, and potassium. Therefore, it is an effective natural remedy against cancer, heart diseases, digestive issues, high blood sugar, and wounds.
This fruit has an orange flesh with pink or yellow hues, and black and round seeds. The seeds have a strong and bitter taste and people usually throw them away when eating the fruit.
Yet, this is a huge mistake and we are here to reveal their health benefits!
Here are the amazing properties of papaya seeds:
These seeds have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that soothe joint pain due to arthritis, asthma, and gout. This is a result of the high enzyme content. Papaya seeds are rich in chymopapain and papain that effectively fight inflammation.
Antibacterial and antiviral properties
A tablespoon of these seeds will help you fight viral infections, germs like Staph, Salmonella and E. coli. And Typhoid and Dengue.
Eliminate parasites and worms
These seeds are rich in proteolytic enzymes like papain, which eliminate intestinal parasites, break down undigested protein waste in the food and eliminate both, the parasites and their eggs.
Moreover, the unique anthelmintic alkaloid called carpaine effectively destroys parasitic worms and amoebas.
Papaya seeds are full of nutrients that will help you cleanse the liver of toxins and improve its capacity to detoxify the body. They are incredibly effective in the treatment of cirrhosis- all you need to do is to blend a tablespoon of lime juice with 5 papaya seeds, and drink the remedy for a month.
Since these seeds are abundant in proteolytic enzymes such as glycyl endopeptidase, papain, chymopapain, and caricain, they cleanse the body and help digestion.
The fresh seeds of raw papaya fruits are loaded with antioxidants, flavonoid compounds and phenolic acid compounds, that prevent damage due to free radicals.
Regulate blood pressure
Papaya is rich in a compound- carpaine, that reduces systolic and diastolic high blood pressure.
The consumption of a tablespoon of papaya seeds will reduce the production of sperm without affecting the libido.
Protect the kidneys
The juice of these seeds supports the health of the kidneys since the seeds are loaded with phenolics and flavonoids.
How to use these seeds
Papaya seeds can be added to your diet in various ways. You can scoop them directly from the fruit and eat them raw, or in a combination with the fruit.
Moreover, pound them from the fruit with a mortar or pestle, and store them in the fridge up to a week.
You can also dry them with a dehydrator or under the sun. Then, grind them, and add a tablespoon of the powder to smoothies, salads, stews, and soups. Since they have a strong taste, you should start with a tablespoon of the seeds daily, and gradually increase to two tablespoons.
They have potent anti-parasitic effects, so you should not give them to your children. Furthermore, do not consume them during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.