Studies suggest that it’s best not to consume papaya seeds in any form.
A viral video on Instagram claims that papaya seeds have myriad health benefits, including acting as a natural contraceptive, inducing menstruation, and reducing hormonal imbalance. However, there’s no scientific evidence to back any of these claims.
While papayas are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, along with high fibre content, that could help reduce the risk of heart disease, there’s no scientific study to prove that papaya seeds can serve as an effective and safe contraceptive option. Similarly, research doesn’t support the claims about its effect on menstruation and hormonal balance.
In fact, studies suggest that it’s best not to consume papaya seeds in any form. For instance, a study on rats found that “the liquid extract from papaya seeds can lower the level of a hormone called progesterone, which can mess up their reproductive cycle”. Another study found that Carica papaya can affect the hormones and immune system in harmful ways.
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