Guava leaf tea: Health benefits and an easy method to make it

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Guava is a much-relished fruit and is known to be a rich source of several nutrients like vitamin C, B, potassium, antioxidants, and soluble fibre. Apart from the fruits, guava leaves are equally beneficial to health with its myriads of nutritional elements and medicinal properties:

Controls blood sugar: The compounds in the guava leaf tea inhibit the absorption of sucrose and maltose - the two types of sugar - and thereby regulates the blood sugar levels. They also inhibit several enzymes that convert carbohydrate into glucose during digestion. It is especially useful for type 2 diabetes mellitus patients.

Prevents diarrhoea: The compounds in the guava leaf extracts prevent the growth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which causes diarrhoea. The guava leaf tea gives quick relief to diarrhoea patients. The best method is to consume it in empty stomach.

Aids weight loss: Guava leaf tea helps prevent complex carbohydrates from turning into sugars. This property of the herbal drink helps speed up weight loss.

Acts against cancer: The presence of high quantities of the antioxidant lycopene helps in lowering cancer risk.

Helps boost immunity: The guava leaf tea helps boost immunity, and thus it can be used as a guard against cough and cold.

Lowers cholesterol: The compounds in guava leaf extracts are found to reduce the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL, called the 'bad' cholesterol, is known to transport fat molecules to all parts of the body.

Good for heart: Guava leaf tea is good for the health of the heart, and drinking it regularly can improve the circulatory system.

Oral health: The antibacterial agents in guava leaf tea gives excellent relief to toothache, mouth ulcers and gum inflammation. Chewing guava leaf along with cardamom is good for mouth hygiene and helps cure halitosis or bad breath.

Good for brain: The presence of vitamin B3 and B6 in guava leaf helps in improving blood circulation to the brain and thus makes the functioning of the brain more smooth and efficient.

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