Grown in the tropical regions, papaya is possibly one of the most loved fruits in the world. The yellowish orange fleshy fruit containing lots of seeds is replete with umpteen benefits.
Papaya leaf juice, on the other hand, is also fast gaining importance in a world of nutrition for packing incredible health and skin benefits. Like the fruit, the leaf is rich in enzymes like papain and chymopapain, which aid digestion, prevents bloating and other digestive disorders. Apart from digestion, the strong alkaloid compounds like karpain works effectively against fighting dandruff and balding. Papaya leaves also contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, and B and minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium magnesium and iron.
1. Promotes Hair Growth
The extract of papaya leaf is said to promote hair growth, prevent balding and thinning of hair. It is an important ingredient used in anti-dandruff shampoos because of the karpain compound. This alkaloid component is effective in removing dirt and oil from your scalp. It can also serve as a natural conditioner and bring back the lost sheen to your hair.
2. Supports Digestion
The book Healing Food mentions how “papaya contains enzymes papain and chymonpapain. Both have been shown to aid digestion, prevent constipation and clean the colon. Papain is also helpful in healing and preventing stomach ulcers.”
Papaya leaves are also rich in protease and amylase. These enzymes help break down proteins, carbs and minerals aiding digestion. Its high anti-inflammatory properties also reduce the inflammation of stomach and colon. The juice can also heal peptic ulcers by killing bacteria H.Pylori owing to its antimicrobial properties.
3. Cure to Your Menstrual Pain
Papaya leaf juice works wonders to ease the menstrual flow and reduce the pain. Drinking this juice also brings down PMS symptoms. Its potent healing properties balance hormones, and regulate menstruation cycles. You can try this concoction to treat your menstrual pain: take one papaya leaf, a pinch of salt and tamarind, mix them all in a glass of water and bring it to boil. This juice should ease your pain greatly.
4. Helps Treat Skin Problems
Papaya leaf juice has a rich content of vitamin C and A, which boost skin health and lend you a healthier and radiant skin. Papaya leaf juice suppresses the activity of free radicals. The presence of karpain compounds checks the growth of excess micro-organisms, and cleanses your skin of the toxins, providing protection against skin problems like pimples, freckles and acne.
5. Reduces Cancer Risks
Extracts from papaya leaf boasts of great anti-cancer properties majorly because of its compound acetogenin. According to the study carried by the journal of Ethnopharmacology, the enzymes in papaya leaf can fight liver cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties of papaya leaf could also be helpful in reducing inflammation and chemotherapy side effects.
If the bitterness of the leaves bother you, you can also mix the juice with other juices like that of coconut. So don’t hold yourself back from gaining these benefits and grab some now.
6. Cleansing Agent
Papaya Leaves are very benefecial as cleansing agent, most especially if you make the papaya leaves as a juice. This is due to the compound called karpain that is present in papaya leaves.
Karpain prevents the growth of microorganisms and other toxins from your body, therefore, it will make your skin healthier.
7. Fights Viral Infection
Papaya leaves are known for its ability to fight against infection caused by virus such as influenza and the common colds. Its various components such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E will help boost your immune system. Papaya leaves can be very useful to in keeping you healthy and fights of viral infections.
How to Consume Papaya Leaves
1. Juice It
Using a juicer, put the cleaned leaves to extract the juice. Store in a bottle in the fridge to be consumed within 4-5 days. You can add it in your regular juice for it to be more palatable.
In using a blender, crush about 10 leaves and put into your blender with a cup of water. Blend the leaves and then strain the juice using a muslin or cheese cloth.
2. Tea Infusion
Use about 3-5 medium-to-large- leaves and 2 litres of water. Boil the leaves using the water, until it is reduced to about half the quantity. Leave it to cool, then discard the laeves and consume in small doses as needed.
The tea may be stored in the fridge until 5 days, but drink it as fresh as possible.