Papaya Leaves Health Benefits: Know The Uses Of This Medicinal Leaf

Since it’s dengue season again, it’s wise to keep papaya leaves handy. You can also brew a tea from the leaves or buy ready-made tea bags of papaya leaves. But if you have other underlying health problems like hypertension or diabetes,

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Jul 09, 2019 10:16 IST
Papaya Leaves Health Benefits: Know The Uses Of This Medicinal Leaf

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Carica papaya leaf health benefits: The season of summer offers you a  number of fruits that are fully loaded with nutritious values. From litchis, mangoes to melons you can enjoy any of these fruits without giving a second thought. However, after summers we have the monsoon season which brings thundershowers and lots of vector-borne diseases. Recently, 139 deaths were recorded in Maharashtra due to swine flu and in Delhi, dengue-malaria fever is at its peak. Apart from proper medication, there are certain home remedies that can be followed to prevent and cure such diseases.

One such nutritious fruit is 'papaya', which can save your life and boost your immunity in several ways. Not only papaya, but it's leaves also provide medicinal benefits too. In the dengue cases, you must have heard that papaya leaf juice helps to increase the platelet count. 

Benefits of Carica

Papaya leaf, also known as carica, has scientifically proven that it can save dengue patients from hemorrhaging. Carica has the following properties:

  • an antioxidant
  • prevents the breakdown of blood cells in dengue fever

Apart from curing dengue, carica has several other benefits. Some of them are discussed below:

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Boosts Digestion

Drinking carica tea can improve your digestion. Papaya leaf tea is loaded with enzymes such as,

  • papain
  • chymopapain 
  • protease 
  • amylase

Carica can also heal several abdominal issues like 

  • gas
  • ulcer 
  • stomach infection

Relieves Period Pain

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In several Indian households, papaya is forbidden during menses. But do you know that it helps in relieving from menses pain? Drinking carica juice during periods may seem unreasonable but it is said to relieve PMS signs and symptoms. The enzymes in the carica are believed to 

  • regularize periods
  • enhance the blood flow 
  • cure hormonal imbalance

Cures Diabetes

Individuals with diabetes can consume carica juice as part of their daily diet. Papaya leaf juice helps to lower the levels of blood sugar. The extracts from carica have also been proved to regulate sugar levels in diabetic rats. But the excess of everything is bad! If you are a diabetic consult your doctor first, before consuming papaya leaf juice. 

Fat-Free Liver and Pancreas

Enzymes of carica leaf are just magic to your liver and pancreas health. The papaya leaves juice can also be taken as part of a detoxification process to reset your digestive system.

Fights Cancerous Cells

Yes, you hear it right. Carica extracts have been known to restrict the formation of tumours. Papaya leaves have shown anti-cancer properties that fight chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. There have been several examples, where cancer patients have gone into abatement after the regular consumption of carica extract. It has also been proved to be effective in cases of 

  • breast cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • lung cancer
  • pancreatic cancer

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