The President of a non-governmental organization named KARISA that enlightens people on numerous medicinal use of plants and fruits has advised people not to throw away pawpaw seeds (papaya seeds) as it has great health benefits. Mrs Karounwi Israel, a community health expert and president of the organisation told newsmen in Lagos.
Disclosing the nutritional values of pawpaw seeds she said “Pawpaw is a good source of vitamin B and C, and one of its numerous health benefits is that it helps in the management of diabetes, but its seeds are also important to human health.
“Papaya seeds contain vital nutrients that help to heal cirrhosis of the liver, kill bacteria, heal viral infections, stop growth of cancer cells, inflammatory disease and kidney problems,” Israel said.
She further explained the use of the seeds to cure some bacterial infections, food poisoning, viral infections and also to manage liver conditions. Other diseases that she said paw seeds can cure includes various forms of arthritis, worms and parasites.
“Take five or six dried papaya seeds, grind them or crush them and take them with food or juice, do this every day for 30 days, you will have amazing results.
“Eating a small amount of fresh pawpaw seeds can also help to kill bacteria such as E.coli, Staph, Salmonella and also work well for food poisoning cases.
“It is also a good anti-viral agent helping to heal viral infection and can also help to detox the liver,” Israel said.
“It also contains an alkaloid “Carpaine” that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites.
“Pawpaw seeds are anti-inflammatory making them great for arthritis, joint diseases, swelling, pains, and redness,” Israel said.
Ground pawpaw seeds could be used to make tea and can also replace pepper in cooking because it is peppery in nature unknown to many, she said. Despite all the benefits, it is worthy to note that pawpaw seeds also come with some restrictions as pregnant/breast feeding women are not advised to use it as it can find its way into breast milk among other issues.
“As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds, this is because it can extend to breastfeeding and may be too powerful to young children’s gastrointestinal tract.
“Additionally, the seed is not too good for men who are trying to impregnate their wives as it can reduce male fertility,” Israel said.
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