Papaya Isn't All About the Fruit; Know Something Healthier on Its Leaves

Papaya is known for its sweet, yellow fruit eaten as dessert or a usual additive to whitening soap to achieve whiter skin. But papaya plant is not all about the fruit, many has no idea that its leaves also have certain purposes for our health. 

Aside from powerful health benefits, it also have healing compounds that is necessary for our wellness. Know it all here:

1. Fights Viral Infection

It can fight infection caused by virus such as influenza and the common colds. It has Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E that will help boost your immune system. 

2. Improves Digestion

Papaya leaves contains enzymes such as papain and chymonpapain. These aid in digestion, cleaning the colon and preventing constipation. 

Papain also helps to prevent stomach ulcer. It is also rich in amylase and protease. These help in breaking down carbs, proteins and minerals.

3. Cleansing Agent

Papaya leaves have karpain, a compound that prevents the growth of microorganism and other toxins from your body, therefore, it will give you healthier skin. 

4. Prevents Cancer

Papaya leaves can help prevent the cellular growth of tumors, and may cut off the blood supply to these types of cells, thus preventing abnormal cell growth. 

 5. Hair Treatment

Juice from papaya leaf, when mixed with honey or coconut milk,  make up an effective hair treatment. 

6. Skin Health

Papaya leaves contains much more Vitamin A and Vitamin C as compared to the fruit. Vitamin c releases antioxidant which will fight against free radicals, thus, preventing skin diseases such as acne and heavy pigmentation. 

 7. Relieves Menstrual Pain

Simmer and boil papaya leaves, it will reduce your menstrual pain. 

Unlike the fruit, we can't savor it raw. Here are ways we can take papaya leaves into our diet. 

A. Tea Infusion

Use about 3-5 medium-to-large leaves and 2 liters of water. Boil the leaves using the water, until it is reduced to about half the quantity. Leave it to cool, then discard the leaves 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.

B. Juice

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.

Source: 1 Million Health Tips
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