Guava is 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.
Guava and guava leaves have a ton of benefits:
Guava is quite helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is good source of roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, particularly raw guava has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruit. Including a medium-sized guava to your lunch and you will not feel hungry again until the evening. Ironically, it can also help with weight gain in lean, thin people. This is perhaps due to its wealth of nutrients, which keep the metabolism regulates and helps to promote the proper absorption of nutrients.
Quercetin as found in guava leaves can also relieve asthma and other respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis and chronic cough.
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.
Help heal colds
As well as with more serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, guava leaves can be helpful if you’ve got a cold. The high levels of vitamin C and iron in unripe tropical fruit help reduce mucus productions and prevent the spread of microbial activity. It is important to remember that while unripe guava is effective, ripe guava can have the opposite effect and instead irritate and prolong the illness.
It promotes hair growth
Even if you are not losing hair but want some more, you may consider trying guava leaves. Regularly wash your hair with guava leaves water and the vitamin C and vitamin B found in the leaves will nourish hair follicles. You will notice your hair growing quickly. Moreover, guava leaves promote scalp health because they possess antimicrobial, analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
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.
Guava leaves protect the liver by curing various injuries caused to the liver. The liver can be damaged by excessive paracetamol consumption or from enzymes like bilirubin, alkaline phosphate, aspartate aminotransferace and alanine aminotransferace . These leaves with their effective hepatoprotective property helps in detoxifying the organ.
Improves skin health
The antioxidants and vitamins present in guava benefit the skin. They help slow down aging and prevent wrinkles.
According to The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, guava extract can also be used to treat acne as it has the potential to destroy acne-causing bacteria in the skin.