Guavas are common tropical fruits cultivated and enjoyed in many tropical and subtropical regions. Rich in high-profile nutrients with its unique flavor, taste, and health-promoting qualities, the guava fruit easily fits into the category of new functional foods, often labeled as “super-fruits.”
The guava fruit is rich in potassium, lycopene, dietary fibers and vitamins A and C. The leaves of the guava tree are full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, antibacterials, and even tannins that can have significant health benefits, from preventing weight gain to chronic diseases like cancer. Let’s take a look at 15 incredible benefits of guava leaves
1. Aid in Weight Loss
Guava leaf tea can prevent weight gain and suppress appetite by keeping carbohydrates from being turned into sugar.
2. It lowers cholesterol
Thanks to its high potassium levels, guava fruit has been proven to naturally lower blood pressureand blood lipids. Potassium is crucial for healthy heart function, it also plays a part in reducing kidney stones, risk of stroke and bone loss. Regularly taking guava leaf for months can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides without any side effects.
3. Beneficial for Diabetics
Diabetics should drink guava leaf tea regularly as it reduces blood sugar level and does not stimulate insulin secretion. To make the tea: dry the tender guava leaves and crush them into a powder then add 1 tablespoon of crushed guava leaves to a cup of hot water and cover and allow it to steep for 5 minutes, then strain it. Drink this tea once daily.
4. Maintains Oral Health
The anti-plaque properties of guava leaves are effective in preventing and treating oral problems. The leaves have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties that help reduce gum inflammation and leave your breath fresh and clean. Chew guava leaves to relieve toothache, inflamed gums and sores in the oral cavity or you can also make a homemade mouthwash by boiling 5 to 6 tender guava leaves in water. Allow the solution to cool to a warm temperature and add some salt. Swish the mouthwash thoroughly around your mouth and teeth once or twice daily.
5. Treatment of Diarrhea and Dysentery
Guava leaf tea may help inhibit diarrhea-causing bacteria. When suffering from diarrhea, drink guava leaf tea a few times a day, boil 30 grams of guava leaves with a handful of rice flour in 1-2 glasses of water and drink this concoction 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. To prevent stomach-related problems, chew guava leaves or eat a raw guava daily.