Health Benefits Of Papaya And Papaya Seeds


Health benefits of papaya : introduction

In tropical countries, the humble and common papaya trees are everywhere.  Papaya trees are very easy to grow and very hardy.  This humble papaya is a powerful defence against cancer and has effective curative and healing properties.  The health benefits of papaya are now better known; thanks to the internet. Another name for papaya is paw paw.

Health benefits of papaya : papain

Papaya contains the enzyme papain which is similar to the protein digesting enzymes produced by the pancreas. These protein digesting enzymes can dissolve the protein coating that forms around cancer cells and help the immune system to destroy them more easily. Another enzyme present in the papaya is chymopapain. Both are powerful proteolytic enzymes which help to break down protein from food into amino acid which can be recombined to produce protein useable by humans. Proteolytic enzymes can destroy the defense shields of viruses, tumors, allergens, yeasts, and various forms of fungus. Once these shields are destroyed, it will be easy for our natural immune system to destroy the alien invaders. These enzymes also protect the body from inflammation and help heal burns and reduce scars on the skin. Whenever I have cuts or bruises on my skin, I eat lots of papaya. Papaya really speeds up the healing process.

Without adequate enzymes to ensure sufficient amino acid will result in an increase in undigested protein. This will burden the immune system as it treats this undigested protein as alien invaders, indirectly weakening the immune system to fight the real culprits. Insufficient amino acid will also lead to accumulation of bacteria in the intestinal tract.

Older people produce less of the enzymes needed to effectively digest proteins into amino acid. As such elderly people should also eat lots of papaya to stay healthy.

Health benefits of papaya : fibrin

Another substance found in papaya is fibrin which reduces the risk of blood clots and improves the quality of blood cells, and maintains the smooth flow of blood in the circulatory system. Fibrin can also prevent stroke. Proteolytic enzymes containing fibrin are helpful for those who sit for long hours, reducing the risk of blood clots in legs. People taking long plane journey and those having desk jobs should take plenty of papaya.

Health benefits of papaya : carotenoids

The orange pinkish color of papaya is due to the presence of carotenoids, notably beta carotene and lycopene. These are antioxidants and are effective cancer-fighting agents. Lycopene can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Lycopene induces cancer cell death, increases anti-metastatic activity, and strengthens the protective enzymes.

A research done in China found that the intake of green tea and foods rich in lycopene provide protection against prostate cancer.

Health benefits of papaya : isothiocyanate

A compound called isothiocyanate is also found in papaya. This compound is found to be able to inhibit both the formation and development of cancer cells. In animal experiments, isothiocyanates were found effective against cancers of the breast, lung, colon, pancreas and prostate; as well as leukemia.

Other health benefits of papaya

Other health benefits of papaya :

  • Papayas are rich in anti-oxidant nutrients namely carotenes, lycopenes, vitamins C, E and A and flavonoids. Papayas also contain the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid, and the minerals potassium and magnesium, and fiber. All these promote a healthy cardiovascular system and also protect against the risk of cancer. They also help to maintain a healthy immune system, preventing recurrent ear infections, colds and flu.
  • Papayas being rich in fiber is able to lower high cholesterol levels. The fiber is also able to bind the cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer.


Papaya seeds : more potent

The seeds of papaya may be more potent.

The papaya seeds are very pungent and peppery, making them almost unpalatable. However the seeds seem to have more potent medicinal values than the flesh.

  • Papaya seeds have antibacterial properties and are effective against E.coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus infections.
  • Papaya seeds may protect the kidneys from toxin-induced kidney failure.
  • Papaya seeds can eliminate intestinal parasites.
  • Papaya seeds help detoxify the liver.

Papaya seeds : cure for piles and thyphoid fever

Papaya seeds may cure piles.

I have known people consuming papaya seeds to cure pile problems. They blend the seeds together with the flesh, add a bit of water, and drink the mixture. It is actually very pungent and very unpalatable . What my friend does is he takes a deep breath and gulp in the mixture while breathing out.. He does this for about 5 gulps for each session. I tried this treatment for a few weeks but not working for me, unfortunately. But as I wrote in many of my articles, not every remedy will cure everyone, not even the approved medical treatments. It may work on you,though.

A reader wrote in the comments section that in Nigeria, papaya seeds with milk is a good cure for thyphoid fever.

Papaya leaves cure dengue fever

 The juice from papaya leaves can cure dengue fever.

  • Use 2 papaya leaves
  • Wash and cut into smaller pieces 
  • Pound and squeeze the pulp with a filter cloth
  • Only 2 tablespoons of juice can be squeezed out
  • Two tablespoons per serving once a day

It has a very bitter taste.


The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. As I cautioned in my article, not every remedy will work on everyone. So is conventional medical treatment. It very much depends on the constituents of the person and the conditions peculiar to that person. Whatever the reasons, this article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable and will cure everyone. The purpose of this article is merely to inform visitors that there are alternative cures for all ailments.

You are therefore advised to consult your registered medical physicians as a matter of due diligence.

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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

You omitted to mention the aphrodisiac properties. Thai's say that Pappaya salad has definite effects. I made mention of this in my hub 'The Thailand Sex Diet'. Great hub. Thank you.

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Good Guy 6 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Peter,

Honestly, I didn't know about this aphrodisiac benefit. Now I must eat papaya for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and supper. (LOL)Hahahaha!!!!

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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

Don't overdo it Good Guy ;-)

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love papaya very much. I always eat this fruit in a hot day. But before this I put several pieces of papaya in my fridge. Hmmmm...Yummy. Thanks for share about this fruit. I love this hub. Rating up!


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Good Guy 6 years ago from Malaysia Author


Welcome back. You should eat the papaya immediately once cut if the skin is also cut away.

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workwithadrian 6 years ago

Thank you, I will be eating this fruit asap! Great hub!!!!!

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Good Guy 6 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi workwithadrian,

You're welcome.

Hope you enjoy the fruit.

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great hub which very informative and educative.

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Good Guy 5 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi crystolite,

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Anna Archdale Hazelton 5 years ago

I kind of doubt the the papaya and dengue cure I have had dengue twice and live in big papaya growing area.

M.L. Erevia 5 years ago

can you just swallow the seeds?

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Good Guy 5 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi M.L. Erevia ,

Never thought of this! I am not sure whether the outer layer of the seeds can disintegrate, or the seeds may just be passed out intact! I suppose you can try and investigate.

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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

this is a very informative hub, its good to know taht there are lots of health benefits you can get from this very common fruit.

lover 5 years ago

Two papayas put together look very much like luscious breats of a woman, thereby promoting the release of various good hormones in your body. Eat before bedtime :)

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Good Guy 5 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi lover,

You have a wonderful imaginative power.

Take care and have fun!

lucy 5 years ago

i mix papaya with skin ,seed, almond milk, ginger and 2 stevia and blend all togheter . this make a very healty shake, it taste delicious.

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Good Guy 5 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Lucy,

Papaya seeds are most pungent. You are ingenious to come up with this recipe.

ali gill 5 years ago

I just eat the flesh and the seeds and although pungent the seeds are definitely palatable and need chewing well.

I used to remove the seeds until i read elsewhere about the anti-parasitic qualities of papaya seeds.

Papaya and coconut makes the best breakfast.

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Good Guy 5 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi ali gill,

You sure have fantastic taste buds!

nancy 5 years ago

hi gels an boyyyys!!!!pawpaw,,,,,trust me take cancer away,,,keep on eating it!!!!realy good for yah

Rose 5 years ago

Hi, I prepare a smoothie in the blender and use Papaya--include the seeds, honey, cinnamon, I add a banana sometimes. I always buy papaya. You should to. Good health to all.

Rose 5 years ago

OOPS! I fotgot to mention I prepare this smoothie with Almond Milk.

katie 5 years ago

according to the WHO, paw paw seeds are also good for alleviating constipation. crush dried seeds, mix with half teaspoon of water. great for patients in palliative care:

Festus Bamidele 5 years ago

The seeds of pawpaw chew and take with milk is a very good cure for thyphoid fever. Proved and aproved in Nigeria.

Cindy 5 years ago

I have always scooped the seeds out with a spoon and just swallowed them without chewing...and to answer a previous goes in one end and comes out exactly the same in the other...if you know what I mean.

benny lau 5 years ago

I noticed two types of papayas. One from subtropical coutries like HK or Hainan are smaller but tastier than those bigger ones from SEA. It is not sure they contain similar nutritious values.

Benny ex Singapore

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rafimohd45 4 years ago

I Agree with CINDY's comment about the Papaya Seeds.

Its true and I have experienced that if you don't chew and masticate the seeds well, they just go in one end and come out exactly the same in the other...if you know what cindy means. So you don't get any benefits of those wonderful health benefits.


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rafimohd45 4 years ago

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Annette 4 years ago

I blend seeds, skin and flesh of papaya add some strawberries and almond milk make a delicous shake..

iha 4 years ago

i used to scoop out the seeds bt will take them. very educative

Aaron 4 years ago

Papaya is refreshes and detoxify the cells of the organism

Anthony 4 years ago

There's a lot of myth around papaya. The thing about them looking like boobs has some veracity and has led to many popular beliefs. In Chinese the word for papaya is slang for boobs too. A lot of Chinese girls think drinking papaya and milk will help their boobs grow! I don't think this has any actual effect but I'm always paranoid about it when i eat papaya (since I'm a guy)

karol 4 years ago

I am attempting to grow Papaya in San Antonio Texas, any suggestions?

Sindhu 4 years ago

in early 2000 I had an acquaintance who had a constant runny nose. It was really bother him. But then someone told him about the benefit of papaya and he had it everyday. Finally his runny nose stopped after several weeks. we got lucky, because here (Indonesia) papaya is very cheap and one can get it everyday and everywhere. And papaya plant is very easy to grow :)

analingga 4 years ago

Every time I got headache especially if the day is very hot, I eat papaya leaf and ginger, and that remedy works very well.

deevan 4 years ago

I actually really do love the taste of the seeds, kind of mixture between radish and cress.

They are a bit sharp at first but once you chewed well it's very refreshing. Good to know the healthy as well.

ann 4 years ago

I make a sweet and spicy papaya dressing: papaya flesh, papaya seeds, juiced lime, honey, mustard, and olive oil. I blend in a Vitamix, but any mixer that will crush down the seeds to blend it all together will work well. I use the dressing on salads and kale rolls or swiss chard rolls.

Thanks to all the comments and information in this article.

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Thank you for this very informative hub. I have papayas in my garden and eat them ripe or unripe as a salad but I have not eaten the papaya seeds, yet. I did not know that it is very healthy. I will surely blend the papaya seeds into my fruitshakes next time I´m at home. Thumbs up for this hub.

arun diwakar 4 years ago

very good comment guys i like it...

Hemlata 4 years ago

Great article which very informative and educative. Thank you for the information about the various benefits of papaya.

Edmund Sekyi 4 years ago

I have started using it and I can the positive results.

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sima swearingen 4 years ago

where can u buy papaya leaf?

Chris 3 years ago

Is there an e-mail button? If so, where is it? If not, e-mail is still a major form of communication.

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chipee0405 3 years ago

hi all.. Since i have allergic to dust or animal, my skin got so itchy and will got red and watery spot. when it's dry it turns darken. So to prevent being watery or darken, i apply the crushed papaya seed on my itchy skin. And it will heal my itchy skin.

Tina 3 years ago

Do you have to dry the seeds before you use them in a recipe?

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Good Guy 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Tina,

I have never used the seeds for cooking.

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ohanatime 3 years ago

If you are trying to get the seeds down without tasting them, use a straw.

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Good Guy 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Good afternoon ohanatime,

A very good and practical idea. Never thought of that.

grace frm Nigeria 3 years ago

I will like to know if taken

grace frm Nigeria 3 years ago

I will like to know if takin blended pawpaw seed as tea will help to flatten d stomach?

Aaron.H 3 years ago

Can papaya cure skin cancer's. As anyone been cured from eating papaya or seeds.

nurse 2 years ago

Can papaya seeds cure diabetes?

Arjun Dhawan 2 years ago

Very enlightening article. I am a Senior and will now consume Papaya, more often, not forgetting the Seeds.Thanks.

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