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5 therapeutic benefits of papaya leaves you need to know!

Like the fruit, leaves of papaya also have various medicinal and therapeutic properties.

Written by Debjani Arora | Updated : April 26, 2016 4:24 PM IST

D&C-benefits Of Papaya Leaves-THS

Papaya fruit is known for its various health benefits; however little is talked about its leaves. But papaya leaves have various therapeutic and medicinal values. This is the reason why papaya leaves were much in demand during the dengue outbreak. Well, they don’t just help fight dengue but have a host of other health benefits. Here are a few of them.

Improves Blood Count

It increases blood platelet count: Many animal studies have confirmed that extracts from papaya leaves help in increasing platelets and RBC count and improve blood circulation. Studies also confirmed that when used on humans, papaya leaves have the same effect. This is one of the reasons papaya leaf extracts is used to treat dengue fever, where the platelet count goes down drastically [1].  Also Read - Homeopathic Remedies For Asthma: How It Is Better Than Conventional Medicine

Prevents Cancer

It helps to prevent certain types of cancer: Leaf extracts of papaya are also believed to have anti-tumour properties that help to prevent or delay onset of certain types of cancer, various allergic disorders and immunosuppressant diseases [2].

Releives Constipation

It helps fight constipation: The fruit both in its raw and ripe form is known to be a laxative that helps relief constipation and improve bowel movements. The leaves are not far behind when you cannot reach for the fruit; papaya leaf extract helps you to deal in the same way to relive constipation.