Papaya is a fruit beloved for both its delicious flavor and exceptional nutrient profile. Unfortunately, many people often discard its seeds and favor the fruit’s sweet flesh. What they don’t realize is that the seeds are not only edible but also highly nutritious. Papaya seeds contain a variety of essential micronutrients.
The many health benefits of papaya fruit are unequivocally known to all. This nutritious fruit, which is available throughout the year, is a source of tremendous nourishment for our overall health and wellness. Like many other fruits, papaya's skin-covered flesh encloses a number of seeds. Again, like many other fruits, the kernels are discarded to eat the juicy flesh. Have you ever wondered why do we assume that these seeds are inedible and just toss them out? Of course, they taste bitter if we accidentally bite into them, but does that mean they are not supposed to be eaten? Maybe, they are. Some experts suggest that papaya seeds can be ingested, only if taken in limits.
Dr. dele, a nigeria-based nutritionist points out, "Not all seeds are poisonous but some seeds are very bitter due to which, they create some kind of gastro-intestinal disturbance." According to many other nutritionists, papaya seeds are actually edible and can be eaten to avail their various health-benefiting properties. Specifically, pawpaw seeds contain nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health, as well as preventing renal failure. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat arthritis and joint disease.
In addition, pawpaw seeds contain an alkaloid called carpaine that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. And the papain in them helps in effective digestion of protein. It is also important to note that pawpaw seeds can prevent and cure a good number of ailments related to the liver, gut, intestinal worms, and even diseases like dengue fever
The benefits of consuming Papaya Seeds include combating cancerous cells, promoting eye health, cardiovascular health, anti-aging, digestion, fertility, strengthens the bones, eases menstruation pain, protects the liver, and boosts the immune system. They also help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health, as well as preventing renal failure.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat arthritis and joint disease and in addition, pawpaw seeds contain an alkaloid called carpaine that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. The papain in the seeds also help effective digestion of protein and when it comes to taking good care of our skin, pawpaw's skin can be very useful. Such is the richness of pawpaw that even its seeds contain some of the most surprising health benefits.
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Benefits Of Eating Papaya Seeds
(1) Boosts Your Immune System
As an excellent source of vitamin C, eating papaya can boost your immune system and protect your body from a variety of illnesses and infections.
(2) Fights Free Radicals
Papaya seeds are abound with antioxidants - polyphenols and flavonoids - which shield us from common infections like cold and cough, and also from many chronic disease.
(3 )Keeps Gut Healthy
Certain studies claim that papaya seeds contain proteolytic enzymes that kill bacteria and parasites residing in the intestines, thereby, keeping the stomach and the gut healthy.
(4) Relieves Menstrual Pain
It is also said that consuming papaya seeds during periods is helpful to ease muscle cramps and pain.
(5) Regulates Cholesterol Level
The seeds of papaya are also rich in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, especially, oleic acid (3), which is known to pull down high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).
(7) Pawpaw seeds kill Bacteria and Viral infections
Some studies have shown that a few pawpaw seeds kill harmful bacteria like E. coli, Staphylococcus, and Salmonella. They may also help fight viral infections, dengue, and other diseases and pawpaw seeds mixed with milk provide an excellent complimentary treatment for typhoid fever.
(8) Promotes Eye Health
Acting as an antioxidant, the vitamin C found in paw paw paw seeds may combats oxidative stress on the organs including the eyes. Studies indicate that papaya seeds may help delay age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
(9) May increase Fertility
Intake of papaya seeds on a daily basis may boost fertility in both men and women. The nutrients in the seeds appear to alleviate elements that contain an adverse effect on the reproductive system particularly by improving the quality of sperm. 8. Strengthens Bone
(10) Bone Density
Paw paw seeds provide a high level of absorbable calcium and an array of minerals that may promote bone density. Absorption of the right calcium may assist in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and is also safe to give to children to assist with healthy bone development.
(11) May Ease Menstruation Pain
The seeds may be extra beneficial for women as they support menstrual flow and decrease pain and unease at the same time. Consuming a handful of seeds on a daily basis has shown a tendency to regulate an irregular menstruation cycle. Paw paw seeds may also increase the heat of the body which stimulates the production of estrogen. This process tends to normalise menstrual flow.
(12) May Protect the Liver
Phytonutrients found in paw paw seeds may strengthen liver cells and tissues protecting it against adverse effects of free radicals. Paw paw seeds also contain enzymes that may impede liver scarring and rejuvenate damaged sections of the liver.
Some people throw away papaya seeds after cutting the fruit. Keep in mind that the seeds are edible, too, so it’s perfectly okay to eat them.
The seeds have a crunchy texture and a slightly peppery flavor, making them the perfect seasoning for many dishes. Simply scoop out the seeds and save them for later.
Upon removing the seeds, use a strainer and rinse them in water. Rub the seeds with your hands to remove any residue, and then place them on a towel or a baking sheet on your kitchen counter to air-dry. You can crush or grind the seeds before adding them to food.
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