Guava fruit gets a lot of attention for its health benefits. It’s packed with vitamins A and C, lycopene, potassium, and dietary fiber. Although this popular fruit deserves its acclaim, its leaves should not be overlooked for their myriad of healthy properties. Let’s take a look at the many wonders of guava leaves.
Guava leaves help prevent complex carbohydrates from turning into sugars that are known for stimulating food cravings and excess weight gain. This is why it can help you with your weight loss goals.
Guava leaves have anti-bacterial properties that help prevent further microbial growth in the intestines and make the area more alkaline. They also reduce the production of extra mucus that can irritate the digestive system. This is why guava leaves are useful in treating problems like gastroenteritis and diarrhea.
Guava leaves lower the body’s glucose levels, without creating a rise in the insulin levels.
Due to high quantities of the antioxidant lycopene, guava leaves can help fight cancer, especially breast, prostate, and oral cancers. Research reveals that guava extract helps inhibit the production of androgen, the male hormone that is responsible for promoting the growth of prostate cancer cells.
As well as with more serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, guava leaves can be helpful if you’ve got a cold. The high levels of vitamin C and iron in unripe tropical fruit help reduce mucus productions and prevent the spread of microbial activity. It is important to remember that while unripe guava is effective, ripe guava can have the opposite effect and instead irritate and prolong the illness.
By chewing on the leaves, you can soothe oral discomfort.
By applying this same mixture to your face, you can prevent premature signs of aging.
Guava leaves can be boiled and massaged onto the scalp to put a stop to hair loss. Make sure the water is cool to the touch before applying it to the scalp.
Guava leaves are known to help control blood pressure by preventing blood from thickening and promoting the fluidity of blood flow throughout the body. The high fiber content and hypoglicemic nature of guava leaves are both known to be contributing factors to combating an elevated blood-sugar level.
Guava leaves promote brain health due to high levels of vitamin B3 (niacin) and B6. Niacin is known to help with increased blood flow, along with improved cognitive function and focus.
Guava leaves assist in maintaining a healthy thyroid due to their high levels of copper. The thyroid gland is one of the most crucial glands in regulating hormone levels and proper organ function. Copper helps with making sure thyroid metabolism is maintaining a regular amount of hormone production and absorption throughout the body.
Guava leaves have very high levels of dietary fiber. They can serve as an excellent laxative and help the body restore itself back to a regular ability to excrete waste.
High levels of vitamin A means guava leaves can help improve your eyesight. They can help decrease the presence of cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as improving the overall health of the eyes.
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