Carica Papaya or Papaya fruit is also called pawpaw or papaw, and it is one more gift from the Mexicans. This fruit has a musky and sweet taste and a butter-like consistency. Christopher Columbus referred to it as “the fruit of angles”.
This fruits is available throughout the whole year and its shape is pear-like and spherical. Its length can reach 20 inches. The fruits which are available in the markets usually weigh a pound and are 7 inches long.
Apart from its amazing taste, this fruit has a number of health benefits. This fruit is abundant in antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids like pantothenic folate acid and minerals like copper, potassium and magnesium. Because of this properties, this fruit is excellent for preventing cancer, heart disease, speeding up wound healing, reducing blood sugar levels, improving the digestive system and much more.
This fruits is orange from the inside and it has either yellow or pink hues. Inside the fruit there are round and black seeds. Its seeds have a bitter and strong taste and they are crunchy. For this reason, people throw away the seeds when consuming this fruits. However, once you read this article, you will never throw the seeds again.
The Seeds Help You Eliminate Worms and Parasites
Intestinal parasites are a serious problem, despite what many people think. The papaya seeds have a high levels of proteolytic enzymes such as papain, and these enzymes are beneficial for eliminating these parasites from the body. Namely, papain breaks down the parasites and their eggs and the protein which is undigested. Moreover, these seeds contain carpaine, which is a protein that is very effective in eliminating parasitic amoebas and worms.
The juice from papaya seeds is very beneficial for the kidneys. This is thanks to the flavonoids and phenotic which are present in these seeds and they are important when it comes to preventing germs.
These seeds have anti-inflammatory properties and they can fight inflammatory disease such as arthritis, joint pain, gout and asthma. This is because of the papain and the chymopapain, which are vital enzymes that help reduce inflammation.
Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial Properties
Taking a tablespoon of papaya seeds on a daily basis can help you fight germs such as E. coli. Salmonella and Staph. These seeds are beneficial in treating viral infections and can cure Dengue and Tyhoid as well.
People in Nigeria take a mixture of milk and papaya seeds as a natural treatment for Typhoid fever.
Consuming a tablespoon of these seeds is going to reduce the production of sperm without having an effect on the libido. People in India has used these seeds as a natural contraceptive for a number of years.
Because of its nutritional value, papaya seeds promote liver detoxification. Furthermore, they stimulate the liver’s capacity to get rid of the toxins from the body. These seeds are also beneficial for liver cirrhosis. In case you are afflicted with this disease, grind 5 tablespoons of papaya seeds and blend them together with lime juice. You need to consume this every day for a month and your condition will be improved.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Carpaine, which is a compound found in papaya is very beneficial in reducing the diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
There are valuable enzymes in papaya seeds such as caricain, papain, glycyl endopeptidase and chymopapain, which are very beneficial for the digestive process and stimulate the elimination of toxins from the body.
High in Antioxidants
Fresh seeds of papaya are an abundant source of antioxidants. These seeds are packed with phenolic acid compounds and flavonoid compounds and they protect the body from damage from free radicals thanks to their powerful antioxidant properties.
Papaya seeds are abundant in immunomodulatory compounds that slow down the development and formation of tumors and cancerous cells. Moreover, the isothiocyanate compounds of these seeds are beneficial for fighting prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.
Consume Papaya Seeds in This Way
There are number of ways to incorporate these seeds into your diet. You can scoop them from the fruit and eat them raw. They are bitter, but in combination with the fruits, they have a good taste.
Moreover, you can also use a mortar or a pestle to pound some seeds from the fruits and store them in a jar and in the fridge. In order to preserve them longer, put the seeds in the freezer.
Additionally, you can dry the seeds and once they become dry you can grind them. Use this powder on your salads, soups, dressings or in any meal of your choosing.
How Much Seeds Can You Eat?
These seeds have a very strong taste and have powerful antibacterial properties, so it is for the best to begin with one tablespoon a day and then increase the dosage to two tablespoons a day.
Pregnant women and those breastfeeding should not consume these seeds. Also, children should not consume these seeds because of their powerful anti-parasitic properties.
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