Guava (Psidium guajava)

Guava TeaGuava is a known tropical tree with nutritious fruits used for food. Native to the countries of Central America like Panama and Mexico, guavas are known as goiabeira, guayabo, kuawa, or amrood (in Arabic nations), and nowadays this tree is being cultivated in tropical and subtropical zones around the world, including Australia.  Guava fruits have culinary uses: for preparing beverages, sauces, powder mixtures, dried fruit mixtures, jelly, marmalade, and so on. The spicy of apple guava (Psidium guajava) has a variety of therapeutic properties and its leaves or bark are included to a number of natural treatments and herbal remedies in folk medicines of some nations. This medicinal plant has been used in alternative medicine for many centuries, primarily for the effects of guava leaves and guava tea for various gastrointestinal problems.

Despite the fact that using guava leaves and bark as a natural treatment for some health condition is considered lacking scientific evidence of their effectiveness, centuries of practical experience helped alternative medicine promoters understand that guava is a safe and effective remedy to be recommended to everyone. The main constituents of guava leaves and bark include phenols, fatty acids, flavonoids, tannins, saponins, carotenoids, alkaloids, vitamins, triterpenes, and other natural substances. Guava bark is valued as a potent natural astringent and a remedy to prevent cardiovascular conditions, and guava leaves have excellent topic properties. The most common forms of using guava bark or leaves embrace guava tea and guava leaf extracts. Check out the list of the most common medicinal uses of guava products:

  • ¬†Guava LeavesGuava remedies can be used for their string antioxidant properties to slow down the effects of aging and prevent many related health conditions. These effects were reported in 2006 by a group of scientists from¬†Department of Food Technology, Siam University, in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
  • A group of Vietnamese researchers have discovered potential properties of guava tea as a natural prostate cancer prevention. The report was published in Nutrition and Cancer magazine in 2007.
  • Plenty of clinical data exists as to anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of guava leaf extract and guava tea, especially for treating gastrointestinal infections causing diarrhea and stomach disorders.
  • According to the findings published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2005, using guava bark and guava leaf extract can assist in lowering the symptoms related to type 2 diabetes.
  • A group of scientists reported about excellent analgesic effects of guava leaves and bark, making this remedy a safe natural painkiller.
  • Anti-inflammatory health benefits of guava leaves and guava leaf extract were reported in Phytotherapy Research magazine in 2008 and in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2011.
  • Due to a high content of essential oils, guava tea is recommended as an effective natural treatment for the symptoms of respiratory infections including clogged nose and coughs.
  • There is clinical data on positive effects of guava tea and guava leaf extract in prevention cardiovascular conditions including elevated blood pressure and others.
  • Guava products have health effects similar to the ones of acetylsalicylic acid, therefore, it can play a role of natural aspirin and be used to reduce fever, treat headaches, prevent cardiovascular conditions, and so on.
  • Historically, guava leaf remedies were used to treat PMS symptoms. Nowadays, women are recommended to try guava leaf extract to reduce irritability and sensitivity linked to PMS.
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