We regularly make it our aim to bring you new and exciting natural remedies and natural ingredients to add to your diet, but this addition has us especially excited.
That addition? Papaya leaves.
In particular, papaya juice can
- Boost energy, and has proven helpful against chronic fatigue.Increase blood platelets (which helps you fight disease), as noted by the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine.
- Lowers blood sugar, by improving insulin sensitivity.Support the liver, assisting in treatment for jaundice, liver cancer, and cirrhosis.
- Minimize inflammation.
- Prevent disease, including such nasty problems as malaria, dengue, and cancer.
- Protect cardiovascular health, as it improves circulation.
- Regulate menstruation, by assisting in hormone rebalancing.
- Support digestive function, including reducing stomach inflammation and fighting colon inflammation.
You can make your own papaya leaf juice easily, too!
If you have a juicer, you can simply put the (cleaned) leaves through your juicer to extract the juice. A masticating juicer does the job best. Juice and store away a small bottle of the juice in the fridge to be consumed within 4-5 days.
If you don’t have a juicer, a blender will do but you will have to do a little more work. Crush about 10 leaves and put into your blender with a cup of pure drinking water. Blend the leaves and strain out the juice using a cheese or muslin cloth.
Be aware, however, that papaya leaf juice is horribly bitter and extremely potent. Start with only one tablespoon a day and work up to a maximum of two tablespoons a day, if taking for therapeutic purpose. Drink it neat. DO NOT drink water (or other fluids) immediately after, to allow the concentrated juice to work its miracle.
You can also make papaya leaf tea; simply boil 3-5 medium-to-large leaves in 2 quarts of water until you have roughly a quart of tea. Let cool, discard the leaves, then drink in small doses. Store refrigerated, where it will keep for up to five days – though it works best when freshest.