Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya)

The papaya is a tropical fruit. Both the fruit itself and the leaves have many health benefits when consumed. The leaf contains unique plant compounds that are excellent for improved digestion. Papaya leaf teas and extracts can be effectively used as an alternative therapy to alleviate uncomfortable digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating and heartburn. Papaya leaf contains fiber — a nutrient that supports healthy digestive function — and a unique compound called papain.

Papain is well known for its ability to break down large proteins into smaller, easier-to-digest proteins and amino acids. It’s even used as a meat tenderizer in culinary practices. Studies show that use of papain can reduce negative digestive symptoms, including constipation and heartburn, in people with irritable bowel syndrome.

Payapa leaf also benefits healthy skin and hair growth.