The guava tree is a tropical plant that is thought to have come from Central America. The fruits are usually oval, and the color of their skin can range from white to yellow. Aside from its edible skin, most people also eat its seeds, and its leaves are often used to make herbal tea. Mary Jane Brown from Healthline says that the guava plant has a lot of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
People think that having such a wide range of nutrients gives the fruits many benefits. But in addition to this, drinking herbal tea made from the plant's leaves is also known to be very good for your health. These health benefits will be the focus of this article as we look at eight (8) health benefits that come from drinking guava leaf tea. Here are some of the health benefits:
1. Could help bring down blood sugar levels
Several studies have shown that drinking guava leaf tea can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by making the blood sugar levels better. Mary Jane Brown of Healthline says that guava leaf extract has been shown to help improve blood sugar levels, long-term control of blood sugar, and insulin resistance in some studies. People with diabetes or who are at risk for it think this is great. In another study, taking guava leaf tea after a meal lowered the amount of sugar in the blood.
May be good for the heart
Guava tea is also good for the health of your heart. This is because guava leaves have a lot of antioxidants and vitamins, which are known to keep your heart from getting hurt by free radicals. Also, guava leaves are known to have a lot of potassium and soluble fiber, both of which are known to help lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and raise good cholesterol (HDL).
Since heart disease and stroke are more likely to happen if you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, drinking guava leaf tea can help lower those risks.
3. May help ease the pain of menstrual cramps
Drinking guava leaf tea can also be a great idea, especially for women who have dysmenorrhea, which is a painful menstrual condition that causes stomach cramps and other pains. Studies have shown that the plant's leaf in particular has some nutrients that can help ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Some studies have shown that drinking guava leaf tea has the same effects as some painkillers.
Could be good for your digestive system
Since guavas have a lot of fiber, they can help your digestive health by making you go to the bathroom more often and keeping you from getting constipated. But these effects of guava are only seen when its fruits are eaten. Guava leaf tea, on the other hand, has been found to help the digestive system in some ways. It can help reduce the severity and length of diarrhea, and its high antimicrobial content can kill off harmful microbes in your gut.
5. May help you lose weight
Keeping a healthy weight has been known for a long time to be one of the best ways to avoid long-term diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Studies have shown that guava leaf tea can help people lose weight. Healthline's Mary Jane Brown says that guava has a lot of fiber and a lot of other vitamins and minerals that can help keep the body in good shape.
6. Could work against cancer
Healthline also says that guava leaf extract has been shown to help fight cancer. Some studies have shown that guava leaf extract can stop the growth of cancer cells and even stop them from growing in the first place. Guava leaf tea can help fight cancer because it has a lot of powerful antioxidants that stop free radicals from damaging cells, which is one of the main causes of cancer.
7. It may help your immune system.
The immune system keeps your body strong and able to fight off foreign substances that could get into your body and make you sick. One of the best ways to keep the immune system in good shape is to eat more foods that help the immune system. It's a good thing that guava leaf has a lot of vitamin C, because low levels of this important vitamin are linked to a higher risk of getting sick and getting infections. Vitamin C is a key part of a healthy immune system, and drinking guava tea can help you get more of it.
8. Guavas may be good for your skin if you eat them.
Another great thing about guava leaf tea is that it gives your skin a boost. Healthline says that the many vitamins and antioxidants in guava leaves can protect your skin from damage and slow the aging process, which can help keep wrinkles at bay. Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, guava leaf extract has also been shown to help treat acne.
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