Fresh research has revealed that the papaya plant and its extracts can provide protection against cancer by slowing the growth of cancerous cells without causing harmful side effects. The discovery has been made by a
The research was published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology*.
Dr. Dang’s research studied the application of the papaya plant for cures in patients suffering from cancer among indigenous communities in
About the image above: Like many other tropical countries, papaya grows widely in Bangladesh. It’s a common fruit (and vegetable) in the country. Here’s a photo of papaya grown in urban area in Tangail, Bangladesh.
While the research project concentrates on the application of the papaya leaf on cancerous cases in Asia, indigenous populations in Brazil have been using the papaya leaf for thousands of years in infusions to treat ailments of the liver, including hepatitis A. The research conducted by Dr. Dang was made using dried papaya leaves.
He proved that papaya leaf extract increases the level of signalling molecules which help to regulate the immune system, attacking the cancerous cells. By boosting the Th1-type cytokines, the immune system responds to invaders while not producing toxic effects on healthy cells.
This type of treatment, according to Dr. Dang, produces results which go hand in hand with reports from indigenous communities in