The Amazing Unknown Power Of Papaya Seeds

health benefits of papaya seed

Papaya Seeds are usually thrown away but new research shows that these little seeds have great health benefits.

It won’t take much convincing to get folks out and buying papayas. Papayas are having a moment. Papayas are well known health promoters that are packed with rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids, the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid  and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium and fiber. But the seed is actually where most of the fruit’s nutritional potential resides. Chewing half a teaspoon of the seeds is not like eating papaya fruit.


Papaya seeds look a lot like peppercorns and taste quite similar ,not half as good as the fruit! They have a strong flavor, more like a cross between mustard and black peppercorns.

Papaya seeds are often reported as an effective treatment for liver cirrhosis. One method is to grind up around five dried seeds in a pepper grinder, or crush up fresh ones in a mortar and pestle, and mix them with a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Drink this papaya seed treatment down twice a day for a month.


They can be dried and used in much the same way as a seasoning. Papaya is found to be very beneficial to the digestive system as they contain proteolytic enzymes that break down protein waste and allow easier absorption of proteins in to the body. They are also taken to help kill off harmful parasites.


Good levels of digestive enzymes in your diet are also believed to help normalize the environment in your intestinal tract, making it less hospitable to worms and other parasites. Papaya Seeds contain an alkaloid “Carpaine” that kills intestinal worms and ameba parasites. Studies show that drinking Papaya Seed juice for 7 days helped children in Nigeria get rid of parasites 75% of the time.

Papaya Seeds contain agents that stop the growth of cancer cells and tumors. They contain isothiocyanate which works well for colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancer.

How to Eat Papaya Seeds

  • Gently remove papaya seeds using a spoon.
  • Sun or air dry the seeds for powdering/chunks.
  • Prepare a thick glass for rolling to powder, thick chopping board (wood preferred), and wax paper for easy gathering of papaya seeds.
  • Powder or break the seeds to chunks by carefully rolling the glass over the seeds. Gather the seeds and store it for use. Best added on your meal, soup and drinks.

Papaya seeds can be eaten whole, but for the first week or so, only chew on one or two papaya seeds a day. If you eat too many at once, you could end up overwhelming your taste buds and digestive system.

Precautions and Warnings

As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds or the enzyme rich green papaya. This warning on their use would also extend to breastfeeding.

Additionally, 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.

There is also some animal research suggesting that eating papaya seeds may temporarily but greatly reduce a man’s fertility to the point that would make pregnancy unlikely.

All in all Papaya fruit, leaves, and seeds are very healing and have amazing health benefits.

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