Health Benefits of Papaya Seeds
Papaya is not only a tasteful fruit, it is known for its high medicinal value. Papaya seed extract has many medical uses and health benefits for human body. Mexico is considered to be origin of the papaya tree, but now you can see them in the many tropical regions around the world. They have been used by many herbalist to treat a variety of diseases for a long time because of its anti-cancer and antimicrobial properties as well as arthritis alleviating effects. Although these seeds are edible, they have a spicy taste which may cause uncomfortable feeling if taken directly. Although many people purchase concentrated tincture obtained from papaya seeds, these seeds can also be used to plant more trees for easy homemade papaya extracts at home.
Many people use a slightly dried papaya seeds and to cultivate trees. The prefer warm and humid environment and medium amount of fertilized soil conditions to survive. A temperature below freezing point may kill papaya plants shortly. So, potted papaya plants should be moved to indoor environment in cold winters. These trees will usually mature after more than one year.
Many of consumers just eat papaya fruits directly or drink the papaya juices for the nutrients. Some people purchase medicine made from papaya seed extract as well. in addition, the seeds can be grounded into powder and be added into bread or dessert. Many herbalist recommended a high concentration of papaya seed extracts to obtain the maximum benefits. Generally, most people can take the seeds safely except for those who are allergic to LaTeX.
The medicinal value of papaya seeds also won wide popularity around the world. A recent study showed that papaya seeds had antibacterial effects for human bodies and papaya leaf extract has inhibitory effects on cancer cells as well. Although the effect are still not officially confirmed, papaya seeds have been regarded as oral contraceptives, digestive tonic and antiseptic medicines for a long history.
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