OTV Naija Cuisine: The Surprising Health Benefits of Paw Paw Seeds
My days at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State was marked by several memorable moments.
One of the many was my first major cooking disaster. I was in 100 level and I had decided to surprise my then boyfriend with a meal of Jollof spaghetti. The only problem with that idea back then? I had absolutely no clue how to make Jollof spaghetti.
It was a trial and error experience and let’s just say, it ended up a terrible trial and a woeful failure. Not only did I think palm oil was the ingredient that made Jollof spaghetti (and rice) red, but my boyfriend suffered a serious heartburn and upset stomach. Thank God he was kind enough to forgive me.
Another memorable moment was in my 200 level when my French 205 teacher, who took us in Translation, turned one of his lectures to a health class. His name was Monsieur Saah, a Cameroonian who smelled like garlic and wore a permanent scowl on his face. A classmate of mine had been absent from lectures as a result of food poisoning and after hearing the reason for his absence, Monsieur Saah decided we needed to be intimated on the benefits of healthy eating. During his health talk, he shared with us the medicinal values and health benefits of Paw Paw seeds and how they were the perfect remedy for my classmate’s food poisoning.
Well, my classmate tried Monsieur’s Paw Paw seeds remedy and it worked!
Paw Paw seeds are usually tossed in the bin when the fruit is eaten, but do you know that these seeds contain lots of nutrients and substances that are beneficial for human health? From easing terrible cases of food poisoning like that of my classmate to lowering the risk of developing heart diseases and diabetes, Paw Paw seeds have some surprising and unbelievable health benefits that you should know about.
See some more health benefits below.
- They help cure Liver diseases
Paw Paw Seeds contain vital nutrients that help cure cirrhosis of the liver. Research shows that this is possible by grinding a few Paw Paw seeds and taking them with your food or drink, every day for 30 days. In addition, small amount of pawpaw seeds taken regularly is said to help with liver detoxification.
- Cure of Cancer
Paw Paw seeds contain isothiocyanate agents which stop the growth of cancer cells and tumours. They are perfect for colon, breast, lung, leukemia and prostate cancer.
- They are natural contraceptives
Do you know that Paw Paw seeds are wonderful natural contraceptives for both men and women? They have no side-effects compared to over-the-counter contraceptives that have numerous adverse effects on prolonged use. These seeds are used as traditional forms of birth control in places like India and China.
- Kidney Health
According to a research conducted at the University of Karachi, Paw Paw seeds can be used to improve kidney health and also prevent renal failure. They are also effective in treating kidney poisoning related diseases.
- They are anti-inflammatory
Paw Paw seeds have anti-inflammatory agents, making them great for arthritis, joint disease, swelling, pain, and redness.
- Substitute for pepper
Paw Paw Seeds are peppery in flavor with a little bit of a bitterness. They are sometimes used in place of pepper.
- They possess anti-bacterial properties
Papaya Seeds are highly effective in killing harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Staph, and Salmonella. They also help fight viral infections and cure Dengue, Typhoid, and numerous other diseases. Taking the seeds with Milk is an excellent cure for Typhoid fever.
In conclusion, Paw Paw seeds can be eaten either raw, grounded or crushed. They are sometimes added to salad dressings for that extra tangy flavour.
Warning: Paw Paw seeds are NOT good for pregnant women as a result of their birth control functions. Nursing mothers are also advised to stay away from them. They may also be too powerful for young children, so consult a doctor before giving a child.
Have a Paw Paw today, enjoy its seeds and stay healthy!