While most people throw them away, pawpaw seeds are not only edible, small amounts of them in your diet can be surprisingly good for you, Eating pawpaw seeds Prevent diseases.
Pawpaw or Carica papaya is a tropical fruit normally found around the world. It has a sweet, pleasant taste and beautiful colour. When in season, pawpaw is eaten regularly in Nigeria, plucked from the back garden or bought from the open markets. The ripe fruit is sliced and eaten as it is – often in-between meals or after meals. The papaya fruit contains a large amount of plant fibre and provides a good amount of vitamins A, C, B, calcium, iron and phosphorous.
However, it is not only the delicious part of pawpaw that serves amazing purposes. Recent studies have shown that the seed is consumed due to its medicinal benefits. The papaya seeds experts say contains a lot of nutrients and substances, which have been found to be beneficial for human health, including lowering the risk of heart diseases, cancer, obesity, stress etc.
The seeds from papaya fruit have anthelmintic and antiamoebic properties. This means they kill intestinal worms and other parasitic organisms in your digestive system and thus using papaya seeds for parasites have proven to be very effective.
Also papaya seeds help to break down proteins and thus make the GI tract a hostile place for parasites to live. A recent study revealed that drinking Papaya Seed juice for 7 days helped children in Nigeria get rid of parasites 75% of the time.
In the same way, the papaya seeds contain vital nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver. It is believed that eating just a small amount of fresh papaya seeds can detox the liver. In some parts of Asia for instance, it is believed that taking a teaspoon of Papaya Seeds everyday can protect the liver from disease. The powdered seeds are said to be taken in northern India as an anthelmintic, and their extract used as an anti-inflammatory agent.
In Nigeria ground pawpaw seeds are also widely recognised by herbal medicine users as a cure for stomach upsets and discomforts. A traditional herbal medicine dealer who does not want her name in print said “The papaya seeds are effective in treating stomach upset especially the human intestinal parasites, and they have no after effects. And some of my customers have asked me to prepare some herbs for them using it.”
Dr. Mehmet Cengiz, Professor at Columbia University, shared some remedies on how to cure parasite infections using papaya seeds. “Papaya seeds have been proven in studies to remove parasites. In a study done on Nigerian children with intestinal parasites, 76.7% of the children were parasite free after seven days of treatment with papaya seeds compared to only 16.7% of the children who received a placebo.
He further added “Take the seeds from an average size papaya and grind them in your blender. Next, add a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil. Then add about a cup of coconut milk and the rest of the papaya. Finally top it off with some organic honey and blend until smooth. Drink the smoothie each morning for at least 7 consecutive days.”
However, 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.
Furthermore, researchers have also confirmed that a small amount of papaya seeds kill bacteria such as E. coli, Staph, and Salmonella, and work well for food poisoning cases. Also, it works as a good anti-viral agent helping to heal viral infections.
Meanwhile, it has been found that papaya Seeds contain agents that stop the growth of cancer cells and tumours. They contain isothiocyanate which works well for colon, breast, lung, leukaemia and prostate cancer.
In addition, papaya seeds could be used to prevent or even possibly treat food poisoning. The seeds of papaya are believed to have a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on our digestive systems.
Interestingly, many alternative medical practitioners say that other benefits of papaya seed is the control of premature ageing. Papaya helps the body to properly digest food and when the body digests all the nutrients it needs, the body will remain vital for a long time.
The papaya seed dosage is quite high, so it has been strongly recommended that you have some experience of taking them or seek expert advice, preferably in the doses. In addition, the papaya enzyme warnings and side effects are especially relevant with this natural parasite treatment and it’s best to check that you don’t have an unusual reaction to them by taking a smaller amount first.