Health benefits of Guava Leaves
Most people must be aware of the many health benefits of Guava but very few of us know about the herbal benefits of Guava leaves. The article here is an effort to enlighten you on the health benefits of Guava leaves.
The herbal values of Guava Leaves have been known to people since ancient times. Let us learn the many health benefits if Guava leaves.
Guava is a tropical fruit native to Central America, Northern South America and Mexico. The myrtle family has about 100 species. When fully mature, a guava tree can attain a maximum height of 25 feet.
Some studies have established that Guava is better than oranges as it contains more Vitamin C and is much cheaper.
Health benefits of Guava leaves
Aging and age related ailments
Guava leaves are enriched in antioxidants. Thus, it can aid in preventing as well as repairing cell damages caused by free radicals or oxidants, hence slowing the process of aging and decreasing the risk of age associated disease (like Cancer, Heart disease, Cataracts, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and macular degeneration).
The use of Guava leaves can stop diarrhea linked to bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli. It has also proved its efficacy in checking diarrhea in patients suffering from cholera.
A decoction prepared from Guava leaves ca boost production of digestive enzymes and prevent nausea and/ 0r vomiting.
Studies have established the use of Guava leaves in weight loss. It can benefit weight loss by stopping starch from changing into sugar.
Since ancient times Guava leaves have been used as herbal remedies to treat diabetes. It decreases the levels of glucose in the blood without altering insulin levels.
Guava leaves contains anti-allergic properties and works by preventing the discharge of histamine.
General Health Benefits
1. Guava leaves reduces arthritis pain when use in the form of paste and a thick layer applied on the affected region.
2. Crushed Guava leaf when applied over the open wounds and sores speeds up the healing process and alleviates pain.
3. Chewing of fresh Guava leaves alleviates toothache.
4. Decoction of Guava leaves soothes sore throat when gargled with.
5. Decoction of Guava leaves when used as a mouthwash heals mouth sores and inflamed gums.
Other health benefits include treating acne, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, boosting sperm production, treating hangovers and protecting the prostate.