Many Americans have these pest in their gut, and don't realize it. You can easily pick up parasites from pets, infected children or food, or a visit to a nursing home.
Many parasites can live in your intestines for years without any symptoms. However, symptoms can eventually develop and include
- Abdominal pain
- Gas or that bloated feeling
- Loose stool containing blood and mucus
- A rash around your rectum
- Stomach pain or tenderness
- Constant fatigue
- Weight loss
- Or the passing of a worm in your stool
Researchers at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria have shown that dried papaya seeds can eleminate intestinal parasites from 75% of infected patients in one week. Even if you don't have parasites, papaya seeds are nutritious. Some people may not like the peppery taste of these seeds. That is why the Nigerian researchers mixed the seeds with honey to improve their taste.
I like the peppery taste that these seeds give to a green salad.
Eat a quarter cup of papaya seeds with a tablespoon of honey to treat for intestinal parasites. Consume the seeds on an empty stomach for maximum effectiveness.
Another method that has proven effective against intestinal parasites is eating two, raw garlic cloves each day. Personally, I prefer the papaya seeds.
Charles A. Pennison
University of Maryland: " Intestinal Parasites "
NCBI: " Effectiveness of Dried Carica Papaya Seeds Against Human Intestinal Parasitosis "
Yahoo Health: " A Natural Cure for Parasites "