Why should the magical wonders of this particular potion be a secret? It is out there in the world, enriching many lives, but will be as good as a secret if you don’t pay attention to it right away!
It’s 2022 and you still didn’t know about it? Don’t worry, we have got you covered.The magic potion is made of, drum roll please, The Papaya Leaf!
That’s right, the Papaya Leaf Extract has been used from ages for multiple reasons and benefits, but today we would be focusing on a very specific role it has been known for years - Papaya Leaf Extract to Improve Platelet counts(specifically during Dengue)
Something we all must have studied probably in the 7th or the 8th grade and forgotten about, right?
Come on now, without reading further, try recalling what your biology teacher was teaching you about them while you were busy doodling or thinking about your lunch. Do not cheat!
Okay, okay, don't be hard on yourself now, we shall do you a favour and remind you all about them.
Little did we know, back in the classroom, that these teeny-tiny things hold so much importance in the working of our body.
Thrombocytes, also known as Platelets, are the colourless fragments of cells in our blood that form clots and prevent bleeding. They are the smallest cells in our blood and need a microscopic vision to be seen. A blood vessel sends out a signal when it is damaged. On receiving this signal the platelets respond by making contact with the broken blood vessel. The normal platelet count in the body ranges from 1.5 to 4 lacs, anything lesser or higher than this count can lead to damaging conditions.
Dengue & the decrease in platelet count.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease. The symptoms of dengue include nausea, vomiting, rash, aches and pains, fever etc. The severe symptoms of the illness typically lasts for one or two weeks and it takes a few additional weeks for the patient to completely recover.
There is a significant drop of white blood cells and platelet counts observed in the patients suffering from dengue. The count can go down to as low as 20,000 to 40,000 in some cases.
As the dengue virus from an infected mosquito-bite enters the bloodstream, it sticks to the platelets and replicates, this leads to the spread of the virus. These infected platelets tend to damage the normal platelets, resulting in the drop of platelet counts.
What are the causes for low platelet count?
A few of the many causes causes for low platelet count:
- A condition called immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is one of the most common causes of low platelets.
- Aplastic Anemia.
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
- Folate deficiency.
- Iron deficiency.
- Viral Infections.
- HIV, Epstein-Barr and Chickenpox.
- Exposure to chemotherapy, radiation.
- High consumption of alcohol.
What are the benefits of having sufficient platelets?
Having sufficient platelets (1.5-4 lacs) should be the natural state of the body. This has several benefits, to list a few:
- Helps the body control bleeding.
- Helps form hemostatic plugs.
- Facilitates the release of lipoprotein material.
Papaya Leaf Extract: An Overview
Papaya leaf extract is a wonderful , easily available cure for several conditions.
The extract helps boost immunity with its anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties. Papaya is one of the most loved fruits that grows in the tropical regions. It holds so much more value than just being a delicious fruit, as almost every part of the papaya plant can be utilized, consisting of antibacterial properties.
The composition of papaya leaf extract
Papaya leaf extract contains active components such as alkalosis, flavonoids, phenols, saponins, steroids and tannis, which are responsible for its medical activity. Papaya leaves also happen to be rich in vitamin A and Vitamin B (especially B12), minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron and manganese.
What a nutrient-packed little leaf isn’t it?
The Healing Quality of Papaya Leaf Extract
A plant so popular and rich in multiple components, certainly has to have benefits right?
Well, the papaya leaf extract specifically is considered to be very healing, with benefits like:
- Papaya Leaf extract can help improve the blood platelet levels in people with dengue fever.
- Promotes balanced blood sugar, traditionally used to treat diabetes as well.
- The fiber and a unique compound called papain, in the papaya leaf, might help alleviate uncomfortable digestive troubles, such as gas, heartburn and bloating.
- The papaya leaf extract is frequently used as a remedy for some internal and external inflammatory conditions, such as skin rashes, muscles pain, joint pain.
- Tropically, the papaya leaf extract is often used to encourage hair growth and aid scalp health, due to its anti-fungal qualities.
- An enzyme called papain in the papaya leaf, acts as an exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells, acne, etc.
- The studies on the papaya leaf holding the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, are still going on. But hey! Here’s looking up right?
How does Papaya Leaf Extract work in boosting platelet count?
Besides the proper medication vouched by the doctors, papaya leaf is the only remedy to boost the platelet count. An enzyme in the papaya leaf promotes the platelet production through the increased number and differentiation of megakaryocytes. A small glass of papaya juice everyday can also significantly improve the platelet levels.
How to use Papaya Leaf Extract?
The papaya leaf extract is often consumed in tea or juice. It could also be taken as a syrup, 30ml three times a day before meals should be a good amount to consume for adults, and 5-10ml three times a day for a child. There are also various supplements with papaya leaf extract available in the market, which could be another way of consuming it.
Who would have thought, merely a fruit or a leaf could be so beneficial for our health? We at BBETTER understand the wonders this highly nourishing extract can do for you and hope for you to embrace it into your lifestyle.
Our Veda Papaya Leaf Extract is enriched not only with Papaya Leaf Extract but also consists of Tinospora Cardifolia extract, Vitamin E powder and Iron.
Nature has a whole system of laying out all kinds of cures for any diseases we humans suffer from. If there is a disease there is always a cure that nature has in store for us. All we have to do is embrace it, allow it to heal us and make us whole again.
So hold up your papaya leaf extract tea/juice and, Salut! To the happy and healthy cells of our divine body.