Papaya seeds are often overlooked when eating the juicy fruit they're encased in, but their unique health benefits are not something that should be ignored.
In general, papaya has a variety of nutrients that are all good for supporting immunity.
Papaya leaves, specifically, are popular due to their blood support capabilities, how well they promote a clean bloodstream, and maintain blood platelet functions.
So, where does that leave papaya seeds? What is the scoop on those little black seeds in the middle of the papaya fruit that people think are inedible?
Well, it's time to start eating your seeds people and here's why.
The most well-known benefit to papaya seeds is how they help in digestion. Papayas contain the enzyme papain, which supports a healthy digestive track.
Support Liver Health
Papaya seeds have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine in improving functions of the liver and for good reason.
Papaya seeds can also prevent or support cases of food poisoning since papaya seeds are thought to have an antibacterial effect on the digestive system.
How to Eat Them
Papaya seeds have a taste that's reminiscent of black pepper and wasabi. Because of their flavor profile, papaya seeds are often used as a pepper substitute.
You can eat them whole and straight from the papaya but they will have a somewhat bitter taste. Other people enjoy grinding them down with a pestle and mortar to powder form and sprinkling them on their food.
If you want to eat papaya seeds whole but they're too bitter for your tastebuds, try them with a teaspoon of honey to sweeten them in a natural way.
At Herbal Papaya we offer quality organic and non-GMO papaya seed products in two different forms: papaya seed extract liquid and papaya seed powder. Both are great to put in yogurt, smoothies, or mixed in with salad dressing.
Things to Know
There are many benefits that come from eating papaya seeds, but as with anything, they are best to use in moderation. Many people can eat a teaspoon of papaya seeds a day, but if you double or triple that intake, you could actually increase digestive problems.
It is recommended that you start out with small portions, and work up to the suggested daily amount to allow your stomach to become accustomed to the bitter flavors and papain enzyme.
When eating papaya seeds, make sure to chew them and don't just swallow them whole. The reason for this is because of how tough the outside shell of the seed is, it's unlikely to be broken down during digestion.
Because of their fertility effects, it's recommended to avoid papaya seeds if you're trying to get pregnant and during your pregnancy.
As you can see, there are various health benefits from papaya seeds and many different ways to eat them. So, next time you finish a papaya instead of avoiding the seeds, try a few and see what you think. They're just another factor to why papayas are such an important fruit for our bodies and why they're often called Fruit of the Angels.