Papaya Leaf May Slow Development of Atherosclerosis


Scientists at Mexican Universities in Villahermosa and Comalcalco have discovered that papaya leaf reduces the build-up of fats in the blood. Given this function, papaya leaf may be able to assist in slowing development of atherosclerosis.

“Hyperlipidemia plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of death in the world. In this study, the lipid-lowering effect of Carica papaya leaf in rats fed with a high cholesterol diet was evaluated…”

“…Our data support that C. papaya has a significant hypocholesterolemic action and HDL-C raising effect on rats fed with a cholesterol-rich diet, however, the precise metabolites responsible of this effect remain unknown.”

Effect of Carica papaya Leaf Extract on Serum Lipids and Liver Metabolic Parameters of Rats Fed a High Cholesterol Diet

Alma M. Zetina-Esquivel1, Carlos A. Tovilla-Zárate2, Crystell Guzmán-Garcia1, Arturo Rodríguez-Hernández3, Andrés E. Castell-Rodríguez4, Jorge L. Ble-Castillo1, Angela Avila-Fernandez1, Isela E. Juárez-Rojop1*, Juan C. Díaz-Zagoya4
1Centro de Investigación, División Académica de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa, México.
2División Académica Multidisciplinaria de Comalcalco, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Comalcalco, México.
3Unidad de Medicina Familiar 10, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Xalapa, México.
4División de Investigación, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D. F., México.


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