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Is it ok to swallow all the papaya seeds in a glass of water beside eating the papaya advice by my chinese physician for constipation?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Papaya

Unripe papaya fruit is used as a laxative.
The seeds are used for treating intestinal worms in some cultures. Eating the seeds in moderation may be ok, but large quantities unsafe due to benzyl isothiocyanate, which may cause toxicity at high doses. Thus, stick with a few seeds only. Use the unripe fruit to treat your constipation or use other dietary fiber & fluids.

In brief: Papaya

Unripe papaya fruit is used as a laxative.
The seeds are used for treating intestinal worms in some cultures. Eating the seeds in moderation may be ok, but large quantities unsafe due to benzyl isothiocyanate, which may cause toxicity at high doses. Thus, stick with a few seeds only. Use the unripe fruit to treat your constipation or use other dietary fiber & fluids.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: May be ok

Swallowing hard objects like seeds can increase the chance of aspiration/choking, seeds can be embedded in the gastrointestinal tract and poor digestion.

In brief: May be ok

Swallowing hard objects like seeds can increase the chance of aspiration/choking, seeds can be embedded in the gastrointestinal tract and poor digestion.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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