Guava: a sweet exotic fruit native to Mexico, Central and South America. One guava fruit contains three times the daily vitamin C requirement, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and lycopene. Whether whole fruit, juice, or jelly, guava is deliciously nutritious. And that’s just the fruit of the tree.
Health Benefits of Guava Leaves
Hair – The vitamin B complex (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine) in guava leaves can prevent hair loss and promote its growth. As a hair and scalp treatment, follow the recipe below.
- Boil a handful of guava leaves in a quart of water for 20 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Strain the leaves from the water.
- Massage the guava leaf tea into your scalp and apply to hair, starting at the roots and working through to the ends.
- Leave on for 2 hours (or more), then rinse.
Diabetes and weight loss – Guava leaves regulate blood sugar, preventing diabetes. By virtue of their high fiber content and inhibiting the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar, the leaves drunk in a tea can make you feel full and support weight loss.
Digestive health – Guava leaf extract causes apoptosis (cell death) in stomach cancer cells. Generally promoting digestive health, guava leaf tea is effective on treating diarrhea, food poisoning, and upset stomach.
Cancer – The lycopene content of guava leaves has been shown to inhibit the production the male hormone androgen, an over-abundance of which is responsible for some varieties of prostate cancer. Various phytochemicals block certain proteins to mediate cell proliferation:
Male fertility – A Nigerian study found guava leaf extract to increase male fertility in rats without toxic side effects and with implications for humans.
Allergies – Guava contains quercetin, the flavonoid antioxidant yellow/orange pigment that is a potent antihistamine, reducing allergic response. This same antihistamine action makes it effective in relieving the sting and itch of insect bites.
Dengue fever – a virus spread by mosquitoes in tropical regions that can be fatal to some with a compromised immune system. Guava leaf extract has been shown an effective remedy for dengue fever.
Mouth health – Guava leaf juice has antibacterial properties—chewing a leaf is effective in promoting oral health, including soothing a toothache and reducing inflammation of the gums.
Antiseptic – Because of its microbial properties, crushed guava leaves can be used to treat and promote healing of minor cuts and scrapes.
Just for fun:
You might say it’s an anti-aging agent for Superman.