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Guava is a fruit with medicinal properties, research suggests that guava fruits and leaves may have a number of health benefits such as diarrhoea, blood pressure and so on.

Guava is a traditional remedy for a variety of health issues and below are some facts about guava that you need to know.

  • Treat Diabetes

Guava leaf tea may help prevent blood sugar spikes and improve symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes.

In 2010, a review of evidence from clinical trials and studies suggests that guava leaf tea may help improve insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels.

  • Relieve menstrual cramps

Taking supplements containing guava leaf extract can reduce menstrual cramps. Results of a 2007 study suggest that taking guava leaf extract supplements may relieve menstrual pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea.

  • Flu

Drinking guava leaf tea can help fight the flu. In a 2012 study, guava leaf tea showed promise as an antiviral agent for the treatment of influenza. Researchers have indeed discovered that tea inhibits the growth of the virus responsible for the flu.

The antiviral effect of tea may result from the leaf’s flavanols, which are a natural antioxidant.

  • Reduce blood pressure

Consumption of guava leaf extract can help reduce high blood pressure. A 2016 test-tube study found that the extract had an antihypertensive effect, which means it could potentially lower blood pressure.

This effect may be due to the antioxidant properties of the leaf since antioxidants can lower blood pressure by helping to dilate blood vessels.

  • Relieve osteoarthritis

Some animal research suggests that guava leaf extract may benefit people with osteoarthritis. A 2018 study found that consuming the extract protected cartilage destruction.

  • Treat cancer

Guava leaf extracts can lower the risk of cancer” – especially breast, prostate, and oral cancers – due to high quantities of the antioxidant lycopene. An effect that could be due to the compounds in guava leaf acting as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs).

SERMs are a class of drugs that doctors use to treat cancer. They work by preventing cancer cells from multiplying.

  • Promotes Heart Health

Guava leaf tea may also benefit your heart and circulatory system”, says Anshul Jaibharat.

  • Helps with infertility

A study published in Phytomedicine found that the administration of methanolic guava leaf extract helped to improve reproductive health and fertility in male rats. The results showed an increase in sperm count and motility, as well as a decrease in abnormal sperm morphology compared to a control group. According to researchers, these findings suggest that guava leaves could be used to treat male infertility.

  • Weight Loss

The leaves of guava can help one lose weight… how? These leaves prevent the complex starches from converting into sugar. Carbs are broken down using guava leaves, contributing to the prevention of the carbohydrates from transitioning into a usable compound.

  • Good for Your Brain

Guava leaves contain vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which help in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function and relaxing the nerves”, remarks Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja


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