Which fruit comes to your mind when talking about healthy fruits? Well, I bet papaya must be on top. Whether you are suffering from an upset stomach or dieting for weight loss, papaya is a must-fruit to add to the diet.
Papaya is rich in nutritional values like iron, zinc, calcium etc which not only makes the fruit healthy but delicious as well. Papaya can be consumed in the form of juice or the fruit chaat for a healthy before or after-meal diet.
But you can be doing it all wrong if you are throwing its seeds while eating. Well, the seeds of papaya are equally healthy and beneficial as their fruit. These seeds are dark in colour and have a shiny, slick exterior. You can consume them after storing them the right way!
But how to store papaya seeds?
- Well, either refrigerate them if you plan to consume them in a week or freeze it if you are planning to save them for more than a month.
- You can even dry them beside the window which gets ample sunlight during the day. This process may take up to 3-5 days.
- keep in mind that after coming out of the freezer they need to be defrosted or soaked in the hot water before use.
Some of the Major health benefits of papaya:
1. Acts as a natural contraceptive
Papaya acts as a natural contraceptive for both men and women while they are trying to control pregnancy. Especially in Indian culture, it is believed since ancient times that papaya seeds act as natural birth control. It has no side effects as both men and women can get back into the natural state of reproduction once they stop the consumption of papaya seeds.
2. Improves digestive health
Papaya seeds are known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which calm the digestive system and make it easy for the bowl system. The papaya seeds make them effective for the clearing intestinal tract and removing microorganisms. Even the parasite worms in the kids can be killed with these wonderful seeds and it has been scientifically proven.
3. Great for weight loss
The perfect food for dieting doesn’t exist, but Papaya seeds do exist which are none less than perfect snacks for your cravings. The Papaya fruit as well as its seeds both contain lots of fibre which helps in regulating bowel movement of the body. Additionally, they help in regulating the metabolism rate and prevent your body from storing extra fat, thereby decreasing the chances of obesity.
4. Reduces cancer risk
Fatal diseases like cancer can be prevented with papaya seeds. The seeds are powerful enough to kill cancer and tumour cells. The isothiocyanate in the seeds can fight against cancer of the colon, breast and prostate.
5. A cute for all gut and digestion problems
Whether you are suffering from food poisoning or piles, papaya seeds are effective to control the acid level of the stomach. It helps in reducing acidity and gas problems as well.
6. Detoxification of kidney and liver
Papaya seeds help in the detoxification of the kidney by removing the toxins produced in the body. It kills worms and bacteria in the stomach and even detoxifies the liver. It contains enough water to keep the body dehydrated.