We know that the guava fruit has a lot of health benefits for us. The fruit contains a lot of Vitamins C, which is good for fighting diseases and good for our antibodies.
We also know that guava leaves are being used as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent by the Filipinos since the early times. Crushed guava leaves are being crushed, and the juices are directly dropped into a wound, thereby disinfecting the wound and at the same time helps control swelling.
What most people don’t know is that Guava leaves can be used to fight Diabetes.
According to research conducted by the Yakult Central Institute in Japan, tea made from guava leaves can help prevent the absorption of sucrose and maltose by our body. These will assist in lowering blood sugar levels. Guava leaf tea is also effective in lowering blood glucose in diabetics by way of reducing the alpha-glucosidase enzyme activity.
It was also found out that drinking guava leaf tea for twelve weeks can actually lessen the level of blood sugar in the body without the increase of insulin production.
Allow me to post a snippet of the study of Yakult Honsha as re-published by Guava Leaf Extract.
“In 2010 Yakult Honsha published a clinical study utilizing guava leaf tea inNutrition & Metabolism, “Anti-hyperglycemic and anti-hyperlipidemic effects of guava leaf extract.” In the study, they reviewed “evidence regarding the anti-hyperglycemic activities and safety of GvEx (guava leaf extract) and Guava Leaf Tea in vitro [petri dish], as well as in animal models and several clinical trials.” They also described “the efficacy and safety of Guava Leaf Tea in pre-diabetic and diabetic patients with T2DM
In a clinical trial involving twenty hospitalized patients with T2DM, guava leaf tea was given to patients 2 hours after mealtime, after postprandial glucose levels had been allowed to elevate. The elevated level was “significantly reduced with a single administration of guava leaf tea.”
The “Foods For Specific Health Uses,” or FOSHU which was published by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has a list that includes a commercial (pre-packaged) form of guava leaf tea, called Bansoureicha, made by Yakult Honsha as very helpful in combating Diabetes.
I will be posting more health benefits and uses for Guava leaves in the future. I hope this article helped you a lot.