Health & Well-Being

Papaya Leaf

One more ingredient for healthy living.

Over the years, approaches to healthy living and wellness have evolved from curative methods to more preventive ones.

More people understand habits and practices play a huge role in health and wellness. More attention is being paid to natural, organic support found through superfoods and herbs.

One superfood that has gained popularity is the papaya. Also known as Carica papaya or Pawpaw, the papaya plant is said to be an extremely versatile fruit for supporting health.

From the actual fruit to its seeds, every part of this amazing plant can be used to support health and wellness.

This includes the papaya leaf. It’s crisp with a fresh, green taste, and can be extremely bitter, depending on maturity.

Papaya leaf is a source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. It also contains antioxidants, fiber, several enzymes, and proteins, including chymopapain, which is known to have digestive properties. These enzymes also help your body digest food more efficiently.

Papaya leaf may help with digestion support. It contains an enzyme known as papain, which helps to digest proteins, wheat, fat, and carbohydrates, and helps speed up metabolism. Papain is so powerful, it can digest an astounding 200 times its weight in protein.

One study found the supplemental use of a papain powder sourced from papaya leaf reduced negative digestive symptoms in people with bowel concerns.

Papaya leaf may also support blood platelets levels. Blood platelets allow your blood to coagulate and clot; they stop bleeding by attaching themselves to damaged blood vessels and repairing them in the process. They also help maintain healthy cardiovascular function.

Papaya leaf contains the rare plant enzyme fibrin, an insoluble protein involved in blood clotting.

Papaya leaf may also support a healthy weight because it breaks down fatty tissues in the body and removes them from the bloodstream.

It may also help the immune system because of its high amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as boost skin appearance, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and support hair.

Wellness proprietors have come to understand the benefits of papaya leaf; brands like Herbal Goodness have formulated varieties of papaya leaf products such as extracts, capsules, and teas.

Using “food as medicine rather than medicine as food,” people are learning to look to nature’s abundant superfoods and herbs as natural, organic, wholesome health alternatives and support.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 


Gladys Aniaka

Gladys Aniaka is a Nigerian writer who thinks better on paper. For Gladys, writing is the next best thing after scented candles. She is passionate about healthy eating and lifestyle. Her perfect retirement plan is travelling the world blogging about healthy meal recipes.

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