There are papaya leaf preparations that are frequently used as a home remedy to a number of internal and external inflammatory conditions, including joint pain, muscle aches, and skin rashes. Present in leaves is beneficial nutrients and compounds that may possess anti-inflammatory properties. These components include papain, flavonoids, and vitamin E (1).
The naturally occurring, anti-inflammatory compound in papaya which is called papain has been proven effective at reducing joint pain, stiffness, and as such, is an excellent supplementation for anyone who suffers from arthritis (2).
In a 2011 study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, it was said that there may be a link between consuming papaya and reduced pain. According to the scientific paper’s abstract, papaya consumption may exert an anti-inflammatory response and have the potential in alleviating inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Papain has also been shown to help reduce inflammation in people with diseases such as asthma or arthritis (3).
When to comes to burns, papaya can help decrease inflammation and improve healing. Aside from papain, papaya also has antioxidant nutrients of vitamin c and beta carotene which also reduce inflammation (4).
The Vitamin C in papaya helps in keeping various forms of arthritis at bay. In a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, results showed that people who consumed foods low in Vitamin C were three times more likely to have arthritis than those who didn’t (5).
Other Benefits Of Papaya
Potentially Protects The Heart
The vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants, and fiber in papaya helps keep our arteries healthy and promotes blood flow. Furthermore, it can lower cholesterol and reduce our risk for heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure (6).
Aids In Digestion
May Treat Symptoms Related To Dengue Fever
Severe dengue cases can also result in reduced platelet levels in the blood, which can contribute to an increased risk of bleeding and are potentially fatal if left untreated. Studies revealed that papaya leaf extract significantly increased blood platelet levels in people with dengue (8).
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