7 Potent Benefits of Papaya Seeds
While most people throw them away, papaya seeds are not only edible, small amounts of them in your diet can be very good for you.
Keep in mind though that chewing half a teaspoon of the seeds is not like eating papaya fruit. They have a strong flavor — like a cross between mustard and black peppercorns.
If you can handle that, ahead are 7 powerful papaya seed benefits, potential precautions and the best ways to use them as a natural remedy for health problems.
1. Papaya Seeds for Parasitic Infections
Like green papaya, the seeds of papaya fruit contain high levels of the proteolytic enzyme papain, which can help rid your body of parasites such as intestinal worms.
Papain is well known for breaking down undigested protein from your food. In the same way, it can also dissolve the protective biofilm and fibrin that covers parasites, and their eggs, in your lower intestine.
Good levels of digestive enzymes in your diet also help to improve and normalize your intestinal ecology, making it much less hospitable to worms and other parasites and much harder for them to breed.
Enzyme rich green papaya capsules, like these ones I take, are a simple alternative if you don’t have the fresh green fruit or seeds available. They also give you a consistent and measurable dose.
Alongside proteolytic enzymes, the seeds from papaya also contain a unique anthelmintic alkaloid called carpaine that has been shown to be very effective at killing parasitic worms and amoebas.
There is much more detail on the human parasite problem and a great tasting smoothie treatment to get rid of them in using papaya seeds for parasites and intestinal worms.
2. Papaya Seed Liver Treatment
Liver cirrhosis is a disease, usually caused by excessive alcohol consumption, wherein the liver shrinks and becomes hardened. In this state it’s ineffective at removing toxins from the body, leading to a variety of serious problems.
Papaya seeds are often reported as an effective natural treatment for liver cirrhosis and overall detoxification of the liver.
The recommended method is to grind up ½ a teaspoon of dried seeds in a pepper grinder, or crush up fresh ones in a mortar and pestle.
Next mix them with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice in a glass of water.
A ¼ of a teaspoon of these powdered organic seeds can also be used as an effective replacement if you don’t have fresh papayas available.
Make sure to consult your doctor first if you are being treated for cirrhosis of the liver, especially with regards to the papain enzyme that may interfere with certain medications.
Even for people without such obvious liver damage, a small amount of papaw seeds taken regularly can help support your liver and improve its ability to eliminate toxins within your body.
3. Fighting Bacterial Infections and Treating Food Poisoning
Another potential use of papaya seeds is to combat bacterial infections and possibly even treat food poisoning caused by bad bacteria.
The seeds of papaya have a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on your digestive system.
Studies have shown an extract made from papaya seeds is effective at killing E coli, Salmonella, Staph and other dangerous bacteria.
As a natural remedy for food poisoning, papaya seeds should be taken at the first sign of sickness and continued 3 times a day with each a meal until symptoms subside.
While people suffering from food poisoning often don’t feel like eating, it’s best to take the freshly crushed up seeds with a small amount of food. Something simple to digest like papaya fruit would be ideal.
For general protection against gastrointestinal infections from bad bacteria, papaya seeds can be used daily in the small dosage described in this article on how to eat papaya seeds.
4. Combating Candida Yeast Overgrowth
The potent digestive enzymes in papaya seeds help change your intestinal ecology to one that is more favorable to ‘good’ bacteria, rather than the bad ones that can cause so many problems.
Candida thrives when your digestive system is out of balance and, left untreated, it can cause chronic fatigue, lowered immunity, intestinal inflammation and a myriad of disorders throughout your body.
By creating a supportive environment for healthy intestinal bacteria, both pathogenic yeasts and debilitating bad bacteria are much less likely to take hold within your digestive system.
This concentrated liquid gut cleanse can be used to fight both candida yeast and bacterial infections. Unlike the fresh seeds, it’s best taken with just a big glass of water and used on an empty stomach 2 to 3 times a day.
5. Treating Viral Infections
People even use papaya seeds to treat viral infections like dengue fever in parts of Central America and Asia. This is a serious disease so consult a doctor if you contract dengue to monitor your condition.
Papaya leaf juice is actually an even better natural treatment for dengue fever as detailed here, including my personal experience with using it, how to make it and dosage instructions.
6. Protecting Your Kidneys
Oxidative stress is common culprit in chronic kidney disease, particularly in patients with diabetes, and can lead to renal failure wherein your kidneys can no longer properly filter metabolic waste from your blood.
This study found an extract of Carica papaya seeds had nephroprotective (kidney protecting) effects against oxidative stress, though being an animal study there isn’t as much evidence here as for the other papaya seeds benefits.
Parsley juice would be an even better natural treatment for detoxifying your kidneys and it’s highly beneficial for your liver as well.
7. Better Digestion with Papaya Seeds
Many people eat large amounts of difficult to digest meat and other high protein foods.
Proteolytic enzymes, like papain found in papaya seeds, are some of the most powerful natural substances for breaking down undigested protein in your digestive tract.
Eating a small amount of papaya seeds with a meal containing a lot of meat is a simple way to improve protein digestion and prevent problems like constipation and bad gas later on.
Both papain and the alkaloid carpaine have a positive effect on your overall intestinal ecology — a vital component of good health and disease prevention.
Precautions and Warnings
Despite all of their beneficial properties, papaya seeds do have some side effects to be aware of and certain people shouldn’t take them. Please check if any of these apply to you before eating papaya seeds.
- As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds or the enzyme rich green papaya powder. This warning on their use also extends to mothers who are breastfeeding.
- Additionally, while papaya seeds do have strong anti-parasitic properties, they may be too powerful for young children’s gastrointestinal tracts A doctor should be consulted before giving them to infants.
- There is also animal research showing that eating papaya seeds regularly may temporarily but greatly reduce a man’s fertility. I’ll leave it up to male readers whether they currently consider this effect a good or bad thing. There’s much more on using papaya seeds as a contraceptive for men here if you’re interested.
- Patients using blood thinning medications like warfarin or aspirin should consult their doctor before they eat papaya seeds regularly as papain may slightly increase the actions of these drugs.
- The papaya enzymes side effects here would apply to papaya seeds as well. Keep that in mind if you are currently dealing with any of the conditions mentioned there.
How to Use Papaya Seeds
The benefits of papaya seeds, with their high levels of digestive enzymes, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and liver-regenerating properties are powerful. You don’t need to eat too many at a time, certainly not a whole fruit’s worth.
For detailed instructions on how to take the seeds regularly see this page on eating papaya seeds for digestive health, including recommended dosage and timing, and some unusual ways to add them into your diet.
To use fresh papaya seeds at home first you’ll need to get a papaya fruit. Hawaiian and Mexican papayas are most commonly sold in the USA.
I prefer Mexican papayas as these are generally larger and contain more seeds. They also avoid the GMO issues of the smaller Hawaiian papayas.
After you scrape the seeds out of a fresh fruit, it’s best to store them in a sealed container in the fridge if you’re using them regularly, or in the freezer if only occasionally.
At the recommended dose of half to a full teaspoon, a large papaya fruit could easily supply enough seeds for several weeks of detoxification treatment.
Also remember, you need to crush, pound or grind the seeds up in some way before using them for best results. A mortar and pestle is great for this, but the flat bottom of a clean jar on a chopping board will also work.
The Best Papaya Seed Powder and Extract
While I do believe fresh papaya seeds are best, in some parts of the USA and Europe buying papaya fruit can be very expensive. They also simply aren’t in season for much of the year.
The best alternative I’ve found is this 100% organic seed powder, sourced from Non-GMO papayas and supporting local farmers.
Definitely don’t get commercial papaya seeds for planting as they may be treated with chemicals. Only use proper food grade powdered organic papaya seeds.
When using papaya seed powder, instead of the fresh seeds, you only need to use a ¼ of a teaspoon as they are finely ground and therefore more concentrated.
Another good option are papaya seed extracts, like the ones generally used in scientific studies. The safest and most potent one is this GMO-free and organic papaya seed gut cleanse.
Unlike fresh papaya seeds or the powder you can take papaya seeds extract on an empty stomach with a big glass of water.
This may make it more effective at treating candida and bacterial infections and it’s certainly easier to take.
Once again, before using the fresh seeds, or any of the papaya seed products recommended, make sure you are aware of possible side effects, particularly if you are pregnant, taking blood thinning medications or are being treated by a doctor for gastrointestinal problems.
I hope within all of these papaya seed and papain benefits you’ve found some good reasons to give this powerful natural remedy a try.
Remember to start off slow at first with just a small amount. Perhaps just a few seeds to begin with the first time. You really don’t need much of them to feel their positive effects.
Please share that papaya seeds are not only edible, but actually highly beneficial, as a natural detox and treatment to improve your intestinal environment.
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