January 15, 2017


Posted in anti-aging, blood platelets, digestion, health skin, healthy food, Healthy lifestyle, Healthy Living, immunity, papain, papaya, papaya leaves, Wellness

Papaya - The Fruit of Angels: A highly delicious and popular tropical fruit, papaya leaves, fruit, and seeds include a variety of nutrients for the body. Papaya leaf extract, Papaya leaf teas and Papaya seed powder aids digestion, supports your immune system, boosts healthy blood platelet function and supports youthful skin.

What Makes Papaya So Powerful? Papaya is the only natural source of the protein digesting enzymes Papain & Chymopapain. It also contains the enzyme fibrin, a rarity in the plant world. Fibrin is an insoluble protein that traps red blood cells and platelets that aid blood clotting.

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What’s the Deal with Papaya Leaves?

Papaya leaves are a great addition to any diet - this is why! 

Papaya is a popular tropical fruit that most people have tried or at least heard of. Papaya boats and green papaya salads have been trending as refreshing summer recipes for years. What most people don’t realize about papaya, however, is how you can eat pretty much every part of the plant - including the fruit, the seed, and our personal favorite, the leaves! 

You may think eating straight papaya leaves sounds like a strange appetizer for your next dinner party, but there are countless other ways to eat these nutritious parts of the papaya. Many people don’t realize just how important papaya leaves can be for your health, but we’re here to show you why papaya leaves are our favorite source of daily healthy goodness.

So let’s break it down to what you should know about papaya leaves. 

What's the Deal with Papaya Leaves - Herbal Papaya Blog

The Benefits of Papaya Leaves


Perhaps the most well-known benefit of papaya leaves is its ability to breakdown a lot of tough foods in your body. Papaya leaves contain the super enzymes papain and chymopapain, which help digest proteins, wheat, fat and carbohydrates and speed up metabolism. You digestive system benefits greatly from papaya leaves as a whole and keeps it running smoothly. 

Papaya leaves are even used sometimes as a natural meat tenderizer for BBQs because they’re are so good at breaking down proteins. 

Blood Platelets

Another popular use of papaya leaves is how well they maintain good blood platelet levels in the body. Basically, blood platelets allow your blood to coagulate and clot where there is an open cut. They stop us from bleeding by attaching themselves to damaged blood vessels and repairing them in the process. 

Because of their importance in the blood stream, platelets help maintain healthy cardiovascular function as well. In other words, they’re very important to the body. 

Healthy Skin

An often forgotten about benefit of papaya leaves is healthy skin. If you drink papaya leaf tea regularly, your skin will likely brighten and look youthful and healthy. You can also cool and apply papaya leaves topically for other skin ailments that come up. For example, many people use the leaves to alleviate itchy bug bites. 

Immune System

Lastly, papaya leaves are the perfect addition to your daily life for a boost in immunity. This is because of the many nutrients found in papaya leaves. The leaves help to revitalize the human body, while increasing energy and vitality. 

These are just a few of the ways that papaya leaves are good for your body, but there are many other health benefits to discover in this wonderful part of the papaya as well. We encourage you to do your own research on the many studies and articles that have been written about the benefits of papaya leaves,  there's a lot of interesting information out there on this part of the plant. 


How to Eat Them 

One of our favorite ways to get the most out of papaya leaves is through our Papaya Leaf Extracts. The reason for this is because, unless you live in a tropical location, it can be difficult to find fresh papaya leaves on a day-to-day basis. Our extracts are made with a long lasting PH-balanced vegetable glycerin, and they're extremely shelf stable with no preservatives. So adding heat or freezing them does not affect the bio availability of the papaya leaf properties. 

Another thing to note about our papaya leaf extracts is that they can be better for bio-absorption in the body than just taking papaya leaves in other ways. Our glycerin extract is made using the whole organic papaya leaf herb, and contains nutrients that help get all the good things in your body as soon as possible. 

Another great way to eat papaya leaves is through brewing them in hot water as a tea. You can either find fresh papaya leaves to brew yourself or look for papaya leaf tea at your favorite local or online store. Herbal Papaya sells three flavors of popular papaya leaf tea - original, mint, and rooibos chai. Although there’s no caffeine in our papaya leaf teas, they can be a great natural energy drink because of the boost in immunity you get from a hot or iced brew. 



Papaya leaves can be a great addition to any diet and can help with improving digestion, maintaining blood platelets, and boosting immunity and skin health. If you’re someone who deals with intestinal issues, or if you are simply looking for a good daily boost in health, papaya leaves are the perfect place to start in your alternative health goals. 

If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, please consult your doctor before taking papaya leaves or seed. 

Let us know - Have you tried papaya leaves before? Did you know about the many benefits that are packed in this part of the plant? What is your favorite way to eat papaya leaves?

2 Responses


January 17, 2017

I have the same problem and have been using papaya leaf extract for several years. It’s hard to tell how much it helps with platelets, with no controlled trials and no control group to check against. However, on occasions where I’ve missed multiple doses, my platelet count is lower, so I think/hope it helps.

I used the leaf extract that comes in 16 oz. bottles at first, but I don’t like the taste, even when diluted in tea. Much better is the extract that comes in the small bottles with droppers, though the dose needed for me is somewhat higher than HP recommends. I dilute it with Celestial Seasonings decaf green tea (decaf because I drink gallons of coffee!), and the taste is no problem.

I wish that HP or someone would sponsor an actual double-blind clinical trial of the leaf extract, but so far that hasn’t been done. However, I think that HP is a serious company that truly believes its products work, which is more than I can say for most supplements companies.

Harold Barend
Harold Barend

January 16, 2017

I have very low platelets via leukemia. Papaya extract advised. I have never taken it. I am
taking a lot of green tea with EGCG. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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