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7 reasons you should never throw away guava leaves

You won't believe the number of ways you can use guava leaves as a natural remedy.

Written by Poorva Chavan | Published : February 22, 2016 6:06 PM IST

Guava Leaves

Guavas are easily available in India. However, we mostly eat the fruit and discard its leaves. But did you know guava leaves have health benefits too? Scroll through to find out how guava leaves can keep you healthy!


Good for arthritis—The ursolic acid content of guava leaves helps in reducing inflammation caused by rheumatoid diseases and reduce the discomfort caused by illnesses such as arthritis. [1]


Can prevent diabetes—A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism reports that a concoction made from guava leaves has anti-glycaemic properties, which means it can reduce blood glucose levels [2]. The study also says that the concoction can improve symptoms of diabetes such as hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance.


Reduces cholesterol levels—Guava leaves also have anti-hyperlipidemic properties which help in controlling lipid levels. The study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism also says that drinking guava leaf extract with every meal can reduce blood cholesterol levels helping people with hypercholesterolemia [2] and also prevent heart diseases. Also Read - Egg Freezing In India: What Happens When You Freeze Eggs?


Good for oral health—Guava leaves contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and hence help in treating diseases like gingivitis. Guava leaves have also been used traditionally to treat a toothache. [3]


Can help in treating acne—The anti-bacterial properties of guava leaves can eliminate acne-causing bacteria and treat acne according to a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine [4]. The anti-inflammatory properties of guava leaves also help in reducing the redness and subside acne. Also Read - Exploring The Link Between Autism And Genetics: What We Know So Far