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Papaya seeds, natural remedy for Dengue Fever in Costa Rica

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Papaya seeds Dengue fever

Over the past few weeks we have enjoyed sharing pictures from people on Flickr on our Facebook page as well as natural remedies for day to day things that effect your life around the home here in Costa Rica.

Recently we shared an easy to do make at home Mosquito repellent and one of our readers commented on the picture to let us know of another amazing remedy widely available in Costa Rica.

This one comes in the form of something you ingest and happens to be one of the most popular fruits in Latin America: Papaya seeds.

After doing some light research online and asking locals who use this method, we found that taking Papaya seeds a few times per week in your breakfast smoothie can eliminate the possibility of contracting Dengue fever (obviously there is no way to substantiate this with hard science and facts from credible sources, but worse case scenario you get more fiber for regular bowel movements. We trust the locals, and the leaves of the Papaya tree have been known to help with Dengue fever).

With the meteoric rise of Dengue fever in Costa Rica over the past few months, it is important to take these natural remedies into consideration, especially if you have small children around your home.

This is not a hard thing to do, simply take some of the seeds from your Papaya and throw them into a blender with other fruit, blend it up and enjoy.

UPDATE, more great benefits: Papaya seeds also have antibacterial properties and are effective against E.coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus infections, may protect the kidneys from toxin-induced kidney failure, can eliminate intestinal parasites and help detoxify the liver.

Thank you to our readers for leaving comments on Facebook and for inspiring the publishing of this article for others to enjoy.

More information about Dengue fever:

Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. In a small proportion of cases the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes, principally A. aegypti. The virus has four different types; infection with one type usually gives lifelong immunity to that type, but only short-term immunity to the others. Subsequent infection with a different type increases the risk of severe complications. As there is no commercially available vaccine, prevention is sought by reducing the habitat and the number of mosquitoes and limiting exposure to bites.


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