Guava, a tropical fruit grown worldwide, has more to itself than it sweet acrid taste. Its leaves are a source of many health benefits and are used in many forms of traditional medicines. The antioxidant properties of these leaves are very effective, more than the fruit itself, according to a research conducted in 2007 and published in the Journal of Food and Chemistry.
Tea made with guava leaves has been drunk for ages in Asian countries as it proves very effective in treating diarrhea, diabetes, cold and flu, cholesterol and most importantly, it portrays anti-cancer action. For this reason, the effects of guava leaves, along with its seeds, overall plant and leaf oil, have been tested for chemotherapeutic properties. A study conducted in 2010 by a medical scientist tested the use of guava leaves for prostate cancer. The results showed that utilizing guava extract can actually minimize the size of the tumor. Another study conducted in 2012, which made an appearance in the Journal of Medicine Food, further demonstrated the anti-cancer properties and activity of guava leaves or extract. Moreover, a study conducted back in 2016 demonstrated the same results regarding guava leaf extract.
When it comes to Guava leaves, there are two major compounds. One of its compounds is Lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant; multiple studies demonstrate how Lycopene lowers the overall risk of cancer. The other compound is Flavonoid Quercetin which also exhibits anti-cancer properties. Guava leaves especially lower the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and oral cancer. Furthermore, these leaves counter colon, prostate and epidermal cancer. They can also put a stop to various human carcinoma cell lines.
Hence, guava leaf tea could serve to be a beneficial addition to your herbal diet intake. Start the intake with a lesser amount, as per your herbalist’s or medical professional’s advice. Monitor the response of your body to its intake. Take any beneficial steps to stay healthy and keep cancer at bay!