Most of us already know how healthy the papaya fruit is, but many disregard the leaves, which are actually quite as powerful when it comes to healing uses.
The papaya leaves are not as tasty as the fruit; as a matter of fact, they are bitter, but for a good reason. This bitter taste is due to the high amounts of phytonutrients in the leaves, which give this part of the plant their therapeutic benefits.
The nutrients found inside papaya leaves are indeed incredible. They contain phenolic compounds, along with papain and alkaloids, which all contribute to act as strong antioxidants and enhance the immune system. The combination of papain and another compound called chymopapain help in digesting proteins more effectively and can help with digestive disorders.
Papaya Leaves are Good for Diabetics
Diabetics should consume papaya leaf extracts for the following reasons:
- The leaves are effective in lowering glucose.
- The antioxidants in the leaves are also helpful in reducing complications of diabetes, including fatty liver disease, oxidative stress, and kidney damage.
- Diabetics have delayed wound healing process and this can cause problems. Extracts of the papaya leaves can speed up the time it takes for the wound to heal, thanks to the antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
The Anti-Dengue Leaf
Dengue fever or breakbone fever is a fatal viral disease transmitted by the aedes mosquito. Symptoms, which include headaches, extreme lethargy, high fever, and severe muscle and joint pain, appear in five to seven days after being bitten. Although there have been millions of cases of dengue in the world, there is still no drug-based treatment for it. However, there’s good news because you can help treat the patient with papaya leaf juice.
There have been many studies detailing the efficiency of the juice for patients with the disease, including one performed by a Sri Lankan doctor. To make the papaya leaf juice, here’s what you need to do:
- Gather fresh papaya leaves. The younger leaves found at the bottom part of the tree are the most ideal for this recipe.
- Make sure that you get the leaves from a papaya plant that bears fruit since some plants may look like the papaya tree but are actually toxic.
- When you have the leaves, wash them and remove the leaves that are not completely green.
- Remove the fibrous stem as well.
- If you have a juicer, this is easy for you. Just place the leaves in your juicer and process. Meanwhile, if you don’t have the equipment, crush the leaves and squeeze the juice out.
You can get about a tablespoon of papaya leaf juice from one crushed leaf. Drink the juice twice a day or every six hours on an empty stomach. You can dilute it with water and you will eventually see the results within a few days.