Guava fruit is familiar to Indonesian people thanks to its sweet taste and nutritional content in it. But not only fruit, guava leaves also have many benefits.
Guava fruit is a fruit that is known to be rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. This fruit also has benefits in relieving diarrhea, coughing, diabetes, colic, cataracts, high cholesterol, heart disease, and cancer. However, not many people know the benefits of guava leaves, which are also important for physical health.
Understanding the Benefits of Guava Leaves
Guava leaves are thought to also have health benefits that are almost the same as the fruit contents. Here are some of the benefits of guava leaves:
Relieve abdominal cramps during menstruation
Improve the condition of people with prediabetes and diabetes
Not only guava fruit contains antioxidants, but guava leaves also have antioxidants that can prevent the harmful effects of the oxidation process, namely the release of free radical molecules. We often experience exposure to free radicals in our daily activities, for example due to pollution, drugs, and even certain types of food. Free radicals can trigger health problems, such as narrowing and hardening of the arteries (atheroclerosis), cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and some types of arthritis.
Menstrual pain is usually felt in the lower abdomen. For some women, menstrual pain can interfere with daily activities. Abdominal cramps that occur before or during menstruation (dysmenorrhea) are thought to be treated with guava leaf extract containing 6 milligrams of flavonoids per day.
Prediabetes is a condition when blood sugar levels are higher than normal levels, but do not include the category of diabetes. Prediabetes is likely to develop into diabetes in less than 10 years if not treated.
Several studies have shown that the benefits of guava leaves processed into tea, can reduce high blood sugar levels, especially in patients with prediabetes and diabetes. But this still requires further research on its effectiveness and safety.
Guava leaves are easy to find and there are many around us. But if you want to use it to try various benefits of guava leaves as mentioned above, you should still be careful. Consult a doctor before consuming guava leaves or herbal products from these leaves, especially if used with other medicines.