Papaya leaves are far more powerful than its fruit. Unlike the fruit, the leaves are bitter to taste due to its high concentration of phytonutrients – which explains its therapeutic benefits.
Papaya leaf can be used for many different skin conditions, ranging from infected cuts to removing freckles, and the tea can be used to treat gastric upset and excess water retention.
Papaya Leaves Balance Blood Sugar and Boost Immunity
A 2012 study confirms the hypoglycemic effect of papaya leaves along with other beneficial effects such as, the increasing of glucose blood levels four days after injection, and the decreasing of body weight, in diabetic rats.
The study suggests that the papaya leaves aqueous extract may improve the metabolic disruption produced by diabetes.
In addition, the mix of antioxidants in papaya leaf extracts are helpful in decreasing the secondary complications of diabetes such as fatty liver, kidney damage and oxidative stress. A growing number of well-researched studies have demonstrated the same.
Various parts of papaya (Carica papaya Linn.) have been traditionally used as folk medicines to treat many disorders, including cancer.
A study in The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, observed a significant growth inhibitory activity of the papaya leaves extract on tumor cell lines.
The study resulted that papaya leaves extract, managed to inhibit tumor cell growth and stimulate anti-tumor effects. The study also suggested that papaya leaves extract may potential for the treatment and prevention of cancer, various allergic disorders, and serve as immunoadjuvant for vaccine therapy.
Papaya Leaves Tea – Recipe
The best way to consume the leaves of papaya is in the form of tea. Prepare a tea infusion, by adding 10 leaves to half a gallon of water – allow it to boil till the quantity of water is decreased to a quart.
Cool and consume in small doses as needed to treat indigestion, for detoxifying, for immune-building purposes or as a general tonic.
The adverse effects of the papaya leaves have not been tested in humans however animal studies suggest low toxicity, hence they are considered safe for long term consumption.
Important: Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider. Talk to your doctor about any dietary changes you may decide to make.