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Use, benefits, precaution and side effects of Guava fruit and guava leaf

Guava is a tree that grows in central and south American. The fruit is eaten fresh or made into beverages, jams and other food. Various parts of the plant, including the leaf and the fruit are used as medicine. People use guava leaf for stomach and internal conditions, pain, diabetes and wound healing.

How does it work

The guava fruit is a source of vitamin c, fiber and other substances that act like antioxidants. Antioxidants slow down or stop the effect of oxidation. Guava leaves also Cantain chemicals like antioxidants and other effect.

Uses and effectiveness

_ May help lower blood sugar levels: Some evidence suggests that guava can improve blood sugar control. Several test tube and animals studies found that guava leaf extract improve blood sugar levels, along term blood sugar control and insulin resistance. This is good news for people at risk. A few studies involving humans have also shown impressive results. One study in 19 people noted that drinking guava leaf tea lowered blood sugar levels after a meal. The effect lasted up to two hours.

_ May boost heart health: Guavas may boost heart health in numbers of ways. Many scientists believe that the high levels of antioxidants and vitamins in guava leaves may help protect heart from damage by free radicals. The higher level of potassium and soluble fiber in guavas are also thought to contribute to improve heart health.

_ May aid weight loss: Guava is a weight loss friendly food. With only 37 calories in one fruit and 12% of your recommended daily fiber intake, they are filling low calorie snack (13). Unlike some other calarie snacks they are packed with vitamins and minerals so you aren't losing out on important nutrients.

_ Eating guavas is good for skin: The wide range vitamins and antioxidants packed into a guava may work wonders for skin. It's antioxidants may pretect skin from damage which can slow down it's aging process, helping prevent wrinkles. What More guava leaf extract may even help treat acne when applied directly to your skin. One test tube study found that guava leaf extract was effective at killing acne causing bacteria likely due to it's antimicrobial and inflammatory properties.

_ Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea): Early research shows that taking guava leaf extract tea might reduce menstrual cramps by a small amount.

_ A mild form of gum disease ( gingivitis): Rinsing the mouth with guava leaf extract might reduce gum disease in people with gingivitis. But it's doesn't seem to reduce plaque.

_ Help with ingestion: Guava leaf tea aid digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes. The potent antibacterial agents kills bacteria in the gut lining and prevent bacteria from producing toxic enzymes.

Precaution and warming

_Pregnancy and breast feeding: Guava is likely safe when eaten as food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if guava is safe to use as medicine, when pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amount until more is known.

_ Eczema: Guava leaf extract might make Eczema worse. Guava leaf extract contains chemicals that can cause skin conditions like eczema. If you have eczema, use guava leaf extract with caution.

_Diabetes: Guava might lower blood, if you have diabetes and use guava check your blood sugar carefully.

_ Surgery: Guava might lower blood sugar in theory, guava might also increase the risk of bleeding or interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedure. Stop using guava as medicine at least 2 weeks before ascheduled surgery.


When taken by mouth, guava is likely safe when eaten as food. Guava fruit and leaf extract are possible safe when used as medicine. Guava leaf extract might cause temporary nuasea or stomach pain in some people. When applied to the skin, guava leaf extract is possible safe when applied to the skin or inside the mouth as rinse. It might cause skin irritation to some people.

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