By, Abdur Rahman Choudhury, M.Sc. (Nutritionist)
Guava leaves are the leaves of the guava plant, which is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub native to Central America. Guava leaves are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial plant compounds that may have various health effects. Here are 5 evidence-based health benefits of guava leaves.
Guava leaves can help you lower your blood sugar levels after a meal. Because they have compounds such as quercetin, kaempferol, and gallic acid that can improve insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the cells.
Guava leaves can help you protect your heart from damage and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Because they have potassium and soluble fiber that can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Guava leaves can help you relieve the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps. Because they have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that can relax the uterine muscles and reduce the production of prostaglandins, which are inflammatory substances that cause cramps.
Guava leaves can help you improve your digestive health and prevent diarrhea. Because they have antimicrobial and astringent properties that can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and reduce intestinal inflammation.
Guava leaves can help you lose weight and prevent obesity. Because they have catechin, chlorogenic acid, and epigallocatechin gallate, which are antioxidants that can boost your metabolism and fat burning, as well as suppress your appetite and prevent fat absorption.
As you can see, guava leaves have so many health benefits. But don’t drink more than 3 cups of guava leaf tea per day as it can cause nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset.
You can drink guava leaf tea by boiling fresh or dried leaves in water for about 10 minutes and straining the liquid. Enjoy!