Guava trees grow all over Central American, South American, Florida and in the Caribbean… and they have an amazing amount of healing capability that seems to have gone unnoticed. Yet they have been used down through the centuries by native people for healing.
Guava leaves are full of great antioxidants, antibacterial agents, anti-inflammatory agents, beneficial tannins and they also help with pain.
Diabetes – Studies conducted at the Yakult Central Institute in Japan show that guava leaf tea reduces alpha-glucosidease enzyme activity which in turn lowers blood sugar levels. And it also prevents sucrose and maltose from being absorbed into the body… thus helping to lower blood sugar levels and helping with weight loss. People who drink guava leaf tea over a 12 week period have lower blood sugar levels… plus it does all this without increasing insulin production - Great!
Digestion – Digestion is enhanced because guava leaf tea promotes digestive enzyme production. And it also has a powerful antibacterial agent that kills bacteria in the lining of the gut and stops proliferation of toxic enzymes by bacteria. Guava leaves are great for food poisoning and diarrhea in general… plus it soothes away vomiting and nausea.
Antioxidant – Guava leaves are full of powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin C and quercetin that scavenge away free radicals thus helping to slow the aging process, boost the immune system and prevent debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, macular degeneration, and strokes.
Sperm Production – Many studies show that guava leaf tea has the ability to increase sperm production thus helping with conception.
Toothache, Sore Throats, & Gum Disease - Fresh guava leaves are well known for eliminating toothache pain, healing gum and mouth sores, and sore throats when used as a gargle. Guava leaves contain powerful antibacterial agents the protect the teeth and gums, and in some areas of the world guava leaves are used in toothpaste and also for breath fresheners, and there is an old saying “A guava leaf a day keeps the dentist away.” Plus the leaves can also be made into a natural paste for brushing on the teeth and gums.
Lower Cholesterol – Studies show that people who drink guava leaf tea for 3 months have a reduction in LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides without lowering good cholesterol, plus the leaves are a great liver tonic.
Prostate Cancer – Guava leaves work well for prostate cancer and enlargement… and more studies being done at this time.
Antibacterial Action – Guava leaves contain powerful antibacterial compounds that work well for healing of skin infections and even surgical wounds… plus it dries wounds, helps with inflammation, and prevents further infections. Guava leaf paste works well for acne and can be use in face washes… and guava tea can help with ear infections.
Allergies – Guava leaves prevent the process of histamine release… basically all the allergic reactions are blocked by compounds found in guava leaves.
Weight Loss – Guava leaves prevent complex starches from being converted into sugars thus promoting weight loss. Carbs must be broken down in the liver for use by the body and guava leaves prevent carbohydrate transition to usable compounds.
Bronchitis – Guava leaf tea has the ability to treat bronchitis by opening up the lungs, loosing mucus, and soothing coughs.
And in the past natives used guava leaves together with mango leaves dying clothes.
You can buy guava leaf capsules and teas on-line or find them at your local health food store.
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