The Health Benefits of Guava Leaf Tea
Guava also called bayabas is a very sweet and delicious fruit that is found almost everywhere in Jamaica known for its many health benefits but in this article it’s all about guava leaf tea. Drinking guava leaf tea can treat ulcers in the mouth, as well as ease discomfort from sore throats, laryngitis and mouth swelling. It may also be used as a topical treatment for wounds and infections because guava leaf has anti-bacterial properties and is also enriched with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and beneficial tannins, fresh guava leaves are considered a natural pain reliever.
Guava leaf tea aids in weight loss by preventing the complex starches from being converted into sugars. For this purpose, the carbohydrates must be broken down in the liver for use by the body and guava leaves prevent the transition of carbohydrates to usable compounds. It is also known that consuming guava leaf tea for 12 weeks lowers the blood sugar levels without increasing insulin production. This is a good tea for men as consumption of guava leaf tea has been proven to be effective in increasing sperm production, thus helping with conception and when it comes to maintaining a health skin, this tea improves skin texture and lightens skin tone.
Drinking guava leaf tea may cause beneficial changes in your cholesterol and triglyceride levels too. Study participants who drank guava leaf tea had lower total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein levels and triglycerides after eight weeks whether or not they were receiving medical treatment to lower their cholesterol levels, according to an article published in “Nutrition & Metabolism” in February 2010.
The tea can be prepared by using dried guava leaves, either loose or in teabags, and guava leaf tincture are available at health-food stores, or you might find fresh guava leaves at a specialty food store. You can make guava leaf tea by steeping leaves in hot water for five or 10 minutes, or you can add about 2 teaspoons of tincture to hot water. Guava leaf tea is considered safe and without significant side effects, although it might cause constipation in some people, and its safety hasn’t been established during pregnancy or breast-feeding.