Traditional medicine has used several plant parts for treating simple as well as extremely lethal human and animal diseases. Most commonly, we think of neem, holy basil, dandelion, aloe vera, and mint leaves.
Recently, another leaf has been added to this list of medicinal leaves – papaya leaf. Its extract, also called papaya leaf juice works wonders.
Here is a roundup of some benefits you can reap from drinking papaya leaf juice:
1. Good for the Liver
Just as papaya, papaya leaf juice also acts as a potent cleansing agent for the liver, thereby healing many chronic liver diseases, jaundice, and liver cirrhosis.
2. Supports Digestion
The book Healing Food mentions how “papaya contains enzymes papain and chymopapain. 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. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Papaya leaf juice can work wonders for diabetics as well as it regulates the production of insulin, which in turn checks blood sugar levels. Its strong antioxidant nature also helps to bring down the consequent complications of diabetes like kidney damage and fatty liver.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
If the bitterness of the leaves bother you, you can also mix the juice with other juices like that of coconut.