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5 Health Benefits of The Leaf Of Papaya (Pawpaw)

Carica papaya, also called pawpaw or papaya is one of the most loved fruits in the world today due to its excellent taste. The tropical, fruit-bearing tree is believed to be a native of Mexico and northern regions of South America. However, today, it has grown to become one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world, with its fruits, seeds, and leaves often utilised for different purposes bordering on nutritional and medicinal purposes.

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While every part of the plant such as its fleshy, juicy part and seed is very useful, its leaf is also not without use as it is often used as tea, extracts, tablets, and juices. The usefulness of the papaya leaf extract perhaps stems from some of the unique plant compounds it contains which makes it a great tool for treating illnesses and promoting health in numerous ways. Using its leaf as tea would only require washing it and boiling it in water.

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More specifically, you can dry some medium-sized papaya leaves, wash and cut them into small pieces, then boil and simmer in about 2 litres of water. Some of the potential health benefits of the papaya leaf tea are as follows:

1. It may promote balanced blood sugar

Papaya leaf is often used as a natural therapy for treating diabetes and improving the blood sugar control process in some parts of the world. The leaf is believed to contain antioxidants and the ability to bring down blood sugar levels due to its ability to protect insulin-producing cells in the pancreas from damage and premature death.

2. It may support digestive function

The leaf of papaya contains a unique compound called papain, as well as fibre, an essential nutrient that helps to enhance the functioning of the digestive system. The presence of these two vital nutrients in papaya leaf helps to facilitate the alleviation and in some cases, prevention of digestive symptoms such as gas, constipation, bloating, and heartburn.

3. It may promote healthy skin

Papaya leaf, whether consumed orally or applied on the body topically helps to maintain a soft, and youthful-looking skin. This excellent ability of the papaya leaf is attributed to the presence of papain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that helps to remove dead skin cells and remove ingrown hairs and acne.

4. It may help prevent cancer

Due to its anticancer effect, drinking papaya leaf tea may help to prevent certain types of cancer. This anticancer property of papaya is further enhanced by its antioxidant effects which help to protect the body from many of the known unfavourable health issues.

5. It may help treat malaria

Papaya leaf is also known to possess antimalarial properties due to the presence of acetogenin, a compound found in papaya leaf that helps to prevent diseases like malaria and dengue, as well as the reduction of flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes.

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Source: Healthline.com.

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