What's with the Guava Leaves?
I’d be very surprised if someone said that they haven’t come across someone who has been bitten by the guava leaves bug; don’t lose patience if you haven’t, it’ll come. I am all for natural remedies but of all the years that I have been trying and testing some, this is the first time I have ever heard of the ‘guava leaves remedy.’ Before giving it a shot, I figured I should do some research on why there is so much hype about these leaves and the benefits of them.
We 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. Here are some of the benefits that these ancient leaves have:
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.
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-glucosidease 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. Lower Cholesterol:
Research has proved 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 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.
These are just some of the benefits of the guava leaves and definetely enough reason for me to give them a try.