Specifically, one serving (165g) contains as little as 112 calories, but solid amount of essential nutrients. It is packed with vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, folate, riboflavin, betaine, and choline, as well as minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese.
Being a powerhouse of nutrients, guava provides a wide plethora of health benefits, including the following:
Promotes weight loss, thanks to its ability to regulate metabolism and to promote proper absorption of nutrients
Prevents the appearance of type 2 diabetes by regulating the absorption of sugar in the body
Improves eye health and prevents the appearance of cataracts and macular degeneration
Reduces cancerous growth and prevents certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer
Reduces symptoms of diarrhea, due to its astringent properties
Being one of the richest sources of dietary fiber, it helps treat constipation
Regulates thyroid metabolism thank to its high copper content
Stimulates cognitive function and improves brain function in general
Relieves coughs, reduces mucus, and disinfects the respiratory tract
Lowers cholesterol levels and keeps blood pressure in check
Cures toothaches, swollen gums and oral ulcer
According to a study done by the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, guava leaves are even more beneficial for the skin than the fruit itself. They have the ability to destroy free radicals and thus eliminate the causes of acne. Additionally, they soothe the skin due to their antibacterial properties and reduce the appearance of pimples.
2. Dark Spots
Guava leaves help remove black and red spots from the face, including blemishes. The secret lies in the components that reduce inflammation and kill off bacteria, but also lighten blemishes by working as potent toning agents. Hence, it turns out that guava leaves are the simplest and cheapest way to improve your skin`s complexion and address various skin issues.
As already discussed earlier, guava leaves are extremely beneficial for the skin, even more beneficial than the guava fruit. Their powerful anti-cancer properties and ability to destroy free radicals helps iron out wrinkles and improve skin`s quality in general.
4. Atopic Dermatitis
The irritation and redness caused by atopic dermatitis can be notably diminished with guava leaves that work to prevent the formation of histamines released in the body in case of an allergy reaction. Histamines are compounds responsible for most symptoms associated with allergy reactions, including swelling, sneezing, and itching. To relieve the symptoms, crush a few dried guava leaves and mix them with water to create a paste. Apply onto the affected area and the redness and itching will go in no time.
How to Use Guava Leaves for Other Conditions
Crush a few dried leaves
Put them in a saucepan, bring to boil, and then cool until the water turns brown
Remove the saucepan from the stove and let the mixture cool down
Apply the solution onto the affected area using a cotton ball
Repeat the process two times a week