Hello my dear readers. We all know Guava fruit. It is a common fruit and is a well known source of vitamins and vital nutrients. It is said that a ripe guava is equal to four apples. Most of us know about the health benefits of guava fruit, but are unaware of the fact that even guava leaves have several medicinal properties and offer an array of health benefits. Being packed with antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents and beneficial tannins, fresh guava leaves are considered as a natural pain reliever. The chemicals contained in these leaves such as polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids and tannins can be extremely effective in treating various diseases.
Due to its medicinal properties, guava leaf supplements are nowadays available in the form of capsules and guava leaf tea.
Guava leaf, like many other herbs, has an amazing array of qualities, and it seems to be able to do amazing things. It can stop diarrhea and has saved many lives across the world, especially in regions where modern health care is not accessible, not affordable, or both. There are constituents in guava leaf that attack pathogens. It is antibacterial. Guava leaf can regulate blood glucose levels and Ladies; it can help make you thinner!
Guava Leaves – Benefits for Health
Today’s edition is a 2 part special starting with the main benefits of the Guava Leaf on Health, and next week continues with Skin and Hair benefits. Guava leaves are regarded as herbal treatment for several diseases due to their medicinal properties. The health benefits of guava leaves are given below.
1. Aid in Weight Loss:
Guava leaves aid in weight loss by preventing the complex starches from being converted into sugars. For this purpose, the carbs must be broken down in the liver for use by the body and guava leaves prevent the transition of carbohydrates to usable compounds. So this is one BIG plus for all those trying to lose weight.
2. Beneficial for Diabetics:
According to research conducted by the Yakult Central Institute in Japan, guava leaf tea can effectively lower blood glucose in diabetics by reducing the alpha-glycosidase enzyme activity. Moreover, it prevents the absorption of sucrose and maltose by the body, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. Drinking guava leaf tea for 12 weeks lowers the blood sugar levels without increasing insulin production.
3. Lowers Cholesterol, Hypertension:
Researchers in Nigeria have found that guava leaf, in combination with other herbs are useful for treating hypertension and other stroke-related maladies. Moreover, studies has shown that drinking guava leaf tea for 3 months can lead to reduction in LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides without any adverse effect on good cholesterol. Besides, the guava leaves are a great liver tonic.
4. Treatment of Diarrhea and Dysentery:
Guava leaves are herbal remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. For treating diarrhea, boil 30 grams of guava leaves with a handful of rice flour in 1-2 glasses of water and drink this mixture twice a day. In case of dysentery, cut the roots and leaves of guava plant and boil them for 20 minutes at a temperature of 90 degrees Celsius. Strain the water and drink in moderation until relieved.
5. Treatment of Bronchitis:
Guava leaf tea is effective in treating bronchitis by opening up the lungs, loosening mucus and soothing coughs. Drink early in the morning for best effect. I like to add a little honey to mine.
To Be Continued…