Scientists show a strong mineral set in the papaya leaf. The manganese specifically helps the body absorb enzymes. The powerful protease enzymes papain and chymopapain in the papaya leaf (which are considered cancer and inflammation fighters) may find a path to absorption through the manganese.
“…It has now been found that certain proteolytic enzymes are activated in the presence of ions of calcium, magnesium, manganese, cobalt or combinations thereof… Preferred for use as single activators are calcium and magnesium.”
-Activated enzyme compositions
US 3019171 A. 1957
International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, Volume 4, Issue 6, June-2013 1012
Estimation of Minerals in Carica papaya L. Leaf found in Northern India by using ICP-OES Technique
Dinesh Kumar Sharma, Prof. B. Tiwari, Rabindra Kr. Singh, Sandeep Sahu, S. C. Mathur, R. M. Singh & G. N. Singh
The study on CP leaves done herewith has shown very rich minerals composition in green, yellow and brown leaves, which were collected from the plain as well as hill area of Northern India and CP leaves, can be seen as a potential source of useful drug, food & dietary supplement. The brown leaf can be used as anti-anaemic agent. It possesses immune-stimulants with anti-oxidant property. In the recent case study report, CP leaves extract controls dengue infection, has opens new gateway and raised eyebrows of many scientists. On the other hand, the presence of important anti-oxidants & vitamins may suppress various free radicals species induced during the viral infection. Particularly, the mineral composition may balance the mineral deficiency promoted by the virus and strengthen the immune cells against the dengue virus. The usefulness of these nine minerals obtained, like Ca, Mg, Mn, Na, K, Fe, Zn, Cu and Cr, which are found in rich quantity in CP leaves. The minerals are the elements that originate in the Earth and cannot be made by living organisms. Plants obtain minerals from the soil, and most of the minerals in our diets come directly from plants or indirectly from animal sources.
…Manganese (Mn) plays an important role in a number of physiologic processes as a constituent of multiple enzymes and an activator of other enzymes. A number of manganese- activated enzymes play important roles in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol17.
…Manganese activates several enzyme systems and supports the utilization of vitamin C, E, choline, and other B-vitamins.
Therefore, papaya leaves due to its potent therapeutic properties can be formulated in herbal formulations as a medicine/dietary supplement and may be marketed as a nutraceutical product and as well as drug in curing the several diseases like Dengue fever, malaria etc.
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