10 Amazing Reasons to Eat Papaya and What to Do with the Seeds

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10 Amazing Reasons to Eat Papaya and What to Do with the Seeds

Papaya is a special fruit – loved by some, an acquired taste for others. The lucky ones can pick it from their gardens, but the majority will probably need to venture to a supermarket to get one.

Papaya has exciting health benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels, protecting your eyesight, preventing blood clots and it can even benefit your skin. Papaya is a good source of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B complex.

In this article I am going to cover the many health benefits of papaya and you will also learn what to do with the seeds (don’t throw them away!). But first I want to touch quickly the subject of papaya and GMO.

Papaya and GMO

We live in the age when the first thing we need to check is the origin of the food we’re about to buy. Sad but true. Papayas are naturally very healthy, but the goodness is somewhat diminished when we buy from an unsustainable source.

It’s even worse if we go for the genetically modified fruits, which have had their genetic-code changed in order to resist viruses and increase production numbers. Genetically modified papayas have been approved for consumption both in the USA and Canada, while Europe is still resisting. If you want to avoid a snack full of potentially harmful substances, pay attention to the fruit’s label. Most genetically modified papayas come from Hawaii, where they have been grown since 1999.

When you get hold of a good-old-non-GMO papaya, these are the benefits you can look forward to:

1. Papaya is a good source of vitamins and minerals

Papaya contains vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B complex, and is rich in magnesium, copper and potassium.

Vitamin A and vitamin C are both powerful antioxidants, so the ‘fruit of the angels’, as Christopher Columbus called it, destroys free radicals in the body – the villains behind many chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

You can read more about antioxidants and their role in our body in my previous article about these 9 amazing antioxidants for great health.

2. Papaya lowers your cholesterol levels

Papaya inhibits the harmful LDL cholesterol and prevents it from sticking onto the walls of blood vessels and causing problems in the circulation that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

If you suffer from high cholesterol levels, you can find here 10 simple and effective ways to lower cholesterol naturally.

3. Papaya is rich in fiber and promotes digestive health

To keep your bowels happy and moving, your diet should be rich in dietary fiber. Papaya has loads of fiber, and one serving can satisfy a quarter of your daily recommended intake.

Also, if you just underwent antibiotic treatment, make sure to eat some papaya, or drink papaya juice. The fruit does a good job at re-balancing your intestinal flora after an aggressive course of antibiotics.

Papaya is one of the ingredients in this delicious digestive detox smoothie as the digestive enzyme papain helps to ease the burden of the complicated process of digestion.

Increasing your fiber intake is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

4. Papaya contains unique enzymes that can lower inflammation

Chymopapin and papain are papaya’s protein-digesting enzymes that can help lower the body’s inflammatory reaction.

Since rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease that presents as an inflammation of the joints, eating papaya can assist with symptom control.

Also, eating vitamin C rich papaya can reduce your chances of developing arthritis in the first place.

You can find here more foods that help to reduce inflammation in the body.

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5. Papaya boosts your immune system

Vitamin A and vitamin C, which both generously occur in papaya flesh, strengthen your immune system and help fight infections.

You can also learn about other 10 quick life hacks to improve your immunity.

6. Papaya has anti-cancer activity

The antioxidants in papaya are praised for effectively fighting cancer. Papaya reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, especially if combined with drinking green tea.

Papaya might also prevent cancer in your blood and bone marrow, by stopping the cells from oxidizing. The wonderful papaya enzyme, papain, can help relief side effects of chemotherapy.

It is being studied for its beneficial effects on swallowing and mouth sores. This fruit has been shown to be a good protective measurement against colon cancer. With a little help from papaya, colon cells don’t suffer DNA damage that could lead to new, potentially dangerous, growths.

I recommend you to read my other articles about this subject:

7. Papaya can protect your eyesight

Beta carotene and vitamin A help to protect sight and can improve vision.

A study published in Archives of Ophthalmology has pointed out that eating fruit can do a lot to prevent age-related macular degeneration.

Three helpings of fruit a day are recommended, and papaya is a very suitable candidate due to its nutritional content.

You can get more information in my post about the top 9 secrets to prevent eyesight problems and improve your vision naturally.

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8. Papaya helps to prevent blood clots

Blood clots can narrow or block blood vessels, or sometimes they can dislodge and travel to the heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke. Papaya contains fibrin, which prevents blood coagulation and enables the blood to flow freely. So make sure to put a slice of papaya in your morning cereal or in your breakfast shake.

Of course, to prevent blood clotting, you will need to remove other risk factors from your life too, starting with smoking.

You can also eat turmeric every day to prevent blood clots – read more about more about the amazing health benefits of turmeric.

There are also a number of herbs that can improve your blood circulation and you can find more information about them in my e-book The Herbal Remedies Guide.

9. Eating papaya reduces your stress levels.

A papaya snack not only fills your stomach, but it can also make you feel more relaxed.

Vitamin C regulates the flow of stress hormones and can bring you back to your balanced zen-state. Well, it might take a bit more than just a slice of papaya for that, but it’s a good start.

If you want to reduce your stress, read my post about 14 effective natural remedies for stress and anxiety.

10. Papaya is good for your skin

Have you noticed that papaya often features in cosmetic products, such as creams, face masks and hair softeners? Papaya is renowned for its beauty benefits.

Papaya’s vitamin E and beta carotene prevent cell damage through their antioxidant activity.

Vitamin E also supports collagen production, which is the substance that keeps your skin firm and elastic, in other words young-looking.

You can read more about vitamin E in my article: How to Use Vitamin E to Benefit Your Skin, Hair and Health.

Beta carotene further smooths away the wrinkles and makes you look fresh. Try a papaya face mask and expose your skin to the magic ingredients it contains.

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Essential oils can also be used for maintaining healthy skin and for treating certain skin conditions. You can find more information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the most effective ways to use essential oils to unlock their amazing healing power.

The benefits of papaya seeds and how to use them

When you cut a papaya, the insides look very inviting, and the seeds can easily be scooped out.

Papaya seeds are high in fat and protein, and contain plenty of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Think twice before you discard them, as they can be used in many ways.

According to Maryland Medical Center and Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical medicine, papaya seeds are great for getting rid of intestinal parasites.

A recent study showed that people who were taking honey together with papaya seeds, cleared their stool of parasites in 23 out of 30 cases.

Papaya seeds are also credited with anti-cancerous properties. The seeds have a distinct, slightly peppery flavor. They can be eaten as they are, or you can sprinkle them over salads and other dishes, just as you would use pumpkin seeds. Those who are not afraid of the spicy flavor, can try them in a smoothie.

Digestive Enzyme Detox Smoothie Recipe

This is one of my favorite detox smoothies that has many health benefits. This detox smoothie consists of pineapple and papaya which contain digestive enzymes that help to ease the burden of the complicated process of digestion.

Papaya and pineapple enzymes digest proteins, and because of their protein dissolving properties, it is no wonder that pineapple and papaya juices work wonderfully as meat tenderizers.

Nowadays people consume in their diet a large amount of meat and plant protein, and we don’t have enough enzymes needed to digest them properly. Although our body produces many enzymes needed for digestion, we also depend on our food to provide the rest.

These enzymes can be found in large quantity in raw foods, but because we consume processed foods in excess amounts, we lack the quantity necessary to enable healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Here comes the detox smoothie with papaya and pineapple: papaya enzymes are called papain and are extracted from the leaves and fruit of the papaya plant. Pineapple enzymes are called bromelain, and exists in all parts of the fresh plant and fruit.

Both enzymes are reputed to provide a wide variety of health benefits. Bromelain and papain are traditionally used for their anti-inflammatory properties and are consumed orally and topically for minor skin irritations or burns.

The papain also acts as a diuretic, and has anti-microbial and anti-ulcerative properties. As such, papaya enzymes are believed to help relieve a variety of gastrointestinal complaints, as well as stomach ulcers and pancreatic enzyme deficiency.

Pineapple enzymes are also used to treat digestive problems, as well as frequent heartburn.

The plain bio yogurt in this recipe also aids digestion as it contains “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system, and can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Now let’s get to the detox smoothie recipe:

2 slices pineapple
1/2 papaya, cubed
2 tablespoons plain bio yogurt
1/2 lemon (optional)
1 sprig of mint

Put all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth. You can add a little bit of water if you want a thinner consistency. Enjoy this detox smoothie after any meal to help your digestive system to do its important role.

Enjoy your next papaya experience!

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55 Responses to 10 Amazing Reasons to Eat Papaya and What to Do with the Seeds

  1. shirley says:

    Remedy for losing weight

  2. Jennifer says:

    Is there a remedy on papaya for weight loss?

    • Jenny says:

      Papaya is full of both water and fiber, which benefits your digestive system, and also help you feel full for longer. A healthy digestive system helps with proper excretion of waste and maintaining a proper body weight.

    • maggie says:

      Papaya is also considered a laxative.it helps in digestion of food and drink lots of water.you will surely feel the effects of eating papaya.

  3. mathuvi says:

    Usually I eat papaya n those seeds I just throw it away, but u say can eat.

  4. Betty says:

    is it harmful to eat too much sunflower seed?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Betty, you wrote sunflower seeds, but I guess you meant papaya seeds as the article talks about papaya seeds. While papaya seeds are considered safe to eat, consuming anything in large quantities when your stomach is not accustomed to it can cause digestive upset. Start slowly with 1/4 tsp for several days then work up to 1/2 tsp, and finally to 1 tsp daily.

      • brad mayeux says:

        papaya HELPS digestion.
        so, no, eating 2 or 3 teaspoons of seed will not harm you at all.
        i do it all the time
        they are high in protein, minerals, fight cancer and also kill parasites.

        they ahve a nice peppery flavor that offsets the sweetness of the papaya.
        so i eat a few seeds with the fruit, and one or 2 teapoons as a medicinal after

      • Veena says:

        What about eating raw papaya

  5. Amelyn Lumabi says:

    Nice post about medications..can learn so many things..

  6. shweta says:

    Can we dry papaya seeds and then use it after powdering it?

  7. Dexter says:

    Wow need to share this

  8. B Rajesh Shenoy says:

    Hi, u said there is fat in papaya seeds, so is it not good for fatty ppl

  9. Susan Leigh Forbes says:

    My father had a dark growth on his lung showed up in a xray which they thought was caused by chemicals he was using in commercial cleaning. I had heard about papaya seeds for cancer growths and took a jar of the seeds up to him in hospital and made him eat them. The next test was done soon after and the growth had gone. True story.

  10. Darlene says:

    Wow I had no idea Papaya had so many health benefits. Is there a recipy for a skin cream? Can papaya be grown from the seed? How do you grow papaya?

  11. AngEng says:

    Colourful fruits are rich in vitamins. The seeds are eaten too.

  12. aini javed says:

    Very informative.thanx

  13. M Lokman Farrukh says:

    Benefits of papaya are quite well known to people. But things about papaya seed is quite new. We shall have to try out. Please specify difference of benefit between ripe & green papaya, and their seeds.
    Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      I have read that even the unripe papayas are loaded with health benefits, but I couldn’t find further information that compares between the green and ripe papaya as for nutritional value and phytonutrients, so unfortunately I cannot be of much help.

      • Trevor says:

        Hi Guys, I am from South America. Papaya is an extra ordinary fruit. I have known of the anti-helminthic (anti worm) properties since childhood. we also cook and eat Green Papaya like you would squash, we add a small amount of coconut milk/cream to it. Simply Delicious, plus the added benefits of the nutrients and medicinal qualities. You should try it some day

  14. Paul Costello says:

    A few chunks of green papaya in any meat stew will soften the meat. Most meat tenderizer is made from papaya = Papain the main ingredient in most meat tenderizer.

  15. Rosemary says:

    is papaya get rid of acne

  16. Nancy Lee says:

    I eat Papaya almost everyday and love them. It makes my skin youthful. Of course not only papaya. Green tea and veggies are loaded with enzymes essential for anti oxidants.

  17. Helen says:

    You can also use unripe papaya to treat malaria. Just slice, soak in water for 24hrs and its ready to drink. As contraceptive the root. For typhoid fever the male specie etc

  18. Karen says:

    Is papya also good for diabetes

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Karen, diabetics can eat papaya in exchange for other sources of carbohydrate in their meal plan. See more information in the American diabetes Association in its page about fruits, as well as here. If you are in doubt about the exact amount you can consume, consult with your doctor.

  19. Ramesh Rao says:

    Nice &useful article

  20. Randi Beall says:

    So how can we tell so we do not buy genetically modified papaya. I live in Oregon so hehe I know it is not grown here. I did once find seeds in a papaya that were rooted and planted them. They grew great until my big dog decided he really like the plant for his desert. He was band from the green house after that.

  21. aminat says:

    Plsss Can the seed b sun dried for preservations purposes!?

    • Jenny says:

      Papaya seeds can be stored in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container for preservation. They can also be dried on a windowsill in the sunlight for several days or using dehydrator.

  22. Victoria Medina says:

    My mother always says eat the seeds they are good for the worms.

  23. Erin says:

    Hi, how do i find out the origin of the fruit sold at the grocery store? also in the organic section, is that an okay place to purchase them?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Erin, many times there is a sticker on the fruit which states country of origin. If not – this article gives information about GMO and non-GMO papaya types – see here. As for your second question – have a look at this article “Is Organic Always GMO Free?

  24. Ann R says:

    So if the papaya is from Hawaii does that mean it’s GMO?…how do you know if the papaya is safe to eat?

  25. Angie says:

    Do I have to crush or break the seed shell or can I swallow them whole?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Angie, the seeds need to be chewed or crushed or ground to be effective. The shells of papaya seeds are tough and unlikely to be broken down during digestion so swallowing them whole probably won’t have much benefit.

  26. Bhausaheb Nevarekar says:

    Thanks for good information, My question is whether Papaya is suitable for Critical Kidney
    Disorder Patients Diet.

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know. If you have any special condition, it’s best to consult with a doctor and be on the safe sides of things.

  27. Tin Aung says:

    morning papaya
    evening banana!
    this is Myanmar(Burma) tradional practice.
    anyone who take papaya early morning n
    one banana b/4 bed time daiiy. no doctor for him.

  28. Steve says:

    Do you get the same benefits from dried Papaya?

  29. pinky says:

    how do we used the papaya seeds..explain pls .do we have to dried it the sun ..

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You don’t have to dry them. You can eat them as is or crush them and add them to dishes. If you want however you can dry them in the sun for a few days or in a dehydrator which is much quicker (usually few hours).

  30. Robin says:

    Do the seeds give the same effect if you put them in a smoothie or do you have to eat them plain like they are to get the effect

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      You can mix them with other foods, such as yogurt or smoothie. You don’t have to eat them alone.

  31. Christy Ejabena says:

    Thanks Jenny, Very informative article, l love papaya and my family eat them often but never new has these much benefits they are grow in my husband little farm – Nigeria.

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