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3 Health Benefits of Papaya Leaf [Infographic]

Papaya Leaf
The papaya leaf were used by the Mayans, Japanese and other cultures for thousands of years to treat various health conditions. Modern research shows the herb has potential for aiding digestion, relieving heartburn, and reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Papaya leaf goes well with other herbs and can be easily added to most tea blends, giving a slightly earthy flavor.
Papaya Leaf Infographic
What is papaya leaf?
The papaya tree is best known for its large, sweet fruits. Its leaves are perhaps less well known but have been used in traditional systems of medicine for thousands of years. The Mayans, Japanese, and aboriginals of Australia were some of the groups that used papaya leaves medicinally to improve health and treat various health conditions. In some parts of the world, papaya leaves are made into tea as a treatment for illnesses such as malaria.
The main medicinal use of papaya is as a digestive agent because it contains a protein-dissolving enzyme known as papain which aids in digestive disorders. It is also used to treat infections and nervous pains.
Botanical name: Carica papaya
Other names: Papaw, pawpaw
Description: A tree that grows to 26 feet tall and has yellow flowers and sweet, black-seeded fruits
Habitat: Native to tropical regions of the Americas
Properties*: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory
The health benefits of papaya leaf according to research
1. Digestive Health
Papaya aids digestion and provide relief for conditions such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. Animal studies have shown that papaya leaf may potentially protect against gastric ulcers (sores that develop on the lining of the stomach) and oxidative stress (damage to cells caused by oxidation).
2. Heart and Circulatory Health
Papaya may have potential value against diabetes and certain heart conditions. Preliminary clinical research suggests that consuming fermented papaya can reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In addition, the fiber in papaya has been found to lower cholesterol.
Other preliminary animal studies found that consumption of papaya leaf extract resulted in higher platelet and red blood cell counts. Researchers believe that it may eventually be developed as a treatment for people with blood disorders.
3. Immunity and Overall Health
Papaya leaves exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. Special enzymes found in papaya purportedly helps to reduce inflammation.
Papaya leaves may also have anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) properties according to in vitro studies. The fiber in papaya helps reduce the risk of colon cancer by binding to toxins in the colon and removing them. Population studies suggest that papaya consumption is associated with a reduced risk of developing gallbladder and colorectal cancers, as well as HPV infection.
A study published in 2010 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, confirmed that papaya leaf extracts can mediate and boost various substances in the immune system and may potentially treat and prevent certain types of allergic disorders and illnesses.
Papaya leaves, which have been used to treat dengue fever, are currently under study as potential treatment against the Zika virus.


* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.


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