Carica Papaya Seeds have recently been identified in a randomized controlled study to have a dramatic effect against human intestinal parasitosis. The study was published in The Journal of Medicinal Food in March, 2007. In the study, an elixir of sun dried Carica Papaya Seeds and honey was fed to 30 children that were identified as having intestinal parasites. After 7 days, 23 of the 30 were cleared of parasites. You can search for the study abstract at PubMed.gov for further reading.
Be sure to always consult with your physician if you suspect you may have intestinal worms but in the meantime, a healthy snack of dried Papaya Seeds with some honey may help you resolve your problem. It’s a great snack if you’re on a raw food diet or on a colon cleanse and Papaya seeds have been used as a parasite cleanse for decades. Papaya Seeds can be hard to find in health food stores or even online. Luckily, the fruit produces a lot of seeds that are easily cleaned and dried for your use.
Preparing the Seeds
The seeds are contained in little juice sacks. A simple way to extract the actual black seed is to roll the juice sacks between two sheets of paper towel to pop them and expel the seeds.
There is inconsistent information about the most effective method to prepare and eat Papaya seeds and also regarding what quantity and frequency of ingestion is most efficient in expelling the parasites. Information really varies on these subjects. Some recommend eating the seeds whole, while others say the best benefit is to grind them. There is also a question of how long to dry them as well. The best thing to do is educate yourself by visiting the links below, watching the videos and searching for your own related information. Please come back and post your comments below if you have some helpful information to add about this great natural parasite treatment!
Here’s how it looked when I harvested and prepared the seeds for the first time. Click any of these images for a larger view. I started with what I’m pretty sure was a Mexican Papaya that I bought at the local grocery store. I think it’s a Mexican “Red” Papaya but it could be a Mexican “Yellow” Papaya.
After I washed it thouroughly (See recommendations by the FDA on wafe handling\washing of fruit & vegetables) I halved it
Here are a cpuple of closer pics of the seeds that are encased in kind of a jelly like outer shell
I extracted the seeds with a spoon and tried my best to remove all the small pieces of fruit so that I had mainly just seeds remaining
I then placed them on a paper plate between pieces of paper towels and rolled and mashed them to pop the seeds to get the black kernels out
Here’s what the actual seeds look like once you pop them out of their shells
And of course a by product is – Fresh Papaya!
I didn’t dry out the seeds like some information that I found had indicated to do. I just put them in my cuisinart and chopped them all up and then sprinkled it on food – It’s basically like pepper. I did try some straight as an experiment and it was kind of hot but not that bad. It really is very similar to regular black pepper in my opinion.