I live in South America and many people eat fresh papaya seeds in order to prevent cancer, rid themselves of parasites, and as a natural form of birth control in women. Why they do this, I don't know, but it seems to work. It has been discovered that fresh black papaya seeds (from a ripe, but not overly ripe, papaya) are full of Leatrine, or vitamin B17, which destroys cancer cells on contact. The seeds have no known side effect or danger, but they are a bit spicy. They are best eaten fresh and chewed up in the mouth rather than dried or blended, or so say the natural health experts around here. Some people dry them and grind them up. The only papaya seeds I know of are black. Hope that helps.
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