I don’t know about you, but I always discard the seeds from most of the fruits.
Surprisingly, I recently learned that papaya’s seeds are packed with many health benefits.
I’m sure you know this but the papaya fruit is an anti-inflammatory food, rich with numerous health benefits.
The list includes:
- preventing cancer,
- reducing heart disease,
- lowering blood sugar level,
- improving digestive health,
- wound healing
….and much more!
FYI, the papaya seeds are crunchy to the bite and have a strong flavor that is a cross between mustard seeds and mild peppercorns.
Now, let’s go through the…
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA SEEDS
Improves Digestive Health
Why? Its seeds contain strong antibacterial and anti-parasite properties, making them powerful in removing the harmful microorganisms in your intestinal tract for a healthy digestive system.
If you eat a tablespoon of papaya seeds it can also help stop food poisoning by killing the bacteria that are causing the problem. (This is because of its potent anti-pathogen activities)
Why? Because the papaya seeds contain phenolic and flavonoids. These are powerful compounds that have high antioxidant activities to stop tumor cells growth. Also, the phytonutrient isothiocyanate can prevent cancers of the colon, lungs, breast and prostate
It Can Detoxify Your Liver
Reports show that papaya seeds were used in the traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to improve the vital functions of the liver by effectively removing harmful toxins.
It can help with conditions like fatty liver (liver cirrhosis). If you want to keep your liver in a good shape, eating a tablespoon of papaya seeds every day is recommended. (This goes hand in hand with a change of your diet and lifestyle (quit drinking) in order to see an improvement.
It Can Detoxify Your Kidneys
Why? Because of their potent medicinal values that are very beneficial for detoxifying the kidneys. How? They contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that 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 keys to reducing inflammation that is associated with these conditions.
It Can Lower Your High Blood Pressure
Studies in lab rats show promising improvements in cardiovascular health. Carpaine—a compound found in all of the papayas including the leaves and seeds—were found to be effective for decreasing systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial blood pressure.
It is a Natural Contraceptive
In the Indian culture, the papaya seeds were used as a form of natural contraceptive. This means that you should avoid eating papaya seeds if you are planning to conceive.
HERE’S HOW TO EAT THE PAPAYA SEEDS
With a spoon, I scoop of the seeds directly from the cut fruit and eat it with the fruit. I think this is the best taste combination.
You can also put the seeds in a jar and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. (You can even freeze them for longer period of time)
Another way is to dry them out using a dehydrator (or under the sun). After that, you can use a food processor to grind them and consume them as a powder add-on for salads, smoothies, soups etc.
HOW MUCH PAPAYA SEEDS SHOULD YOU EAT
You should start with one tablespoon per day. (It doesn’t matter if it is raw, or added to your food)