Origin of Guava Leaf
Our Guava tea is made from the leaves of the Egyptian Bassateen El Sabahia Guava (psidium guajava). For centuries all parts of the tree have been used as a source of natural healing and are now used around the globe by herbalists for their remarkable health properties. Guava fruit is being hailed as one of the new super fruits but in actual fact, the leaves are now believed to be even more beneficial to the health, as promoted by research issued in the Journal of Food and Chemistry back in 2007.
Guava leaves contain a host of beneficial substances including phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, carotenoids (especially lycopene), essential oils, fatty acids, flavonoids such as quercetin, phenols, lectins, tannins, saponins and triterpenes, vitamin C & B group of vitamins (B3, B6), lycopene, potassium, iron, magnesium, sulphur, sodium, boron and manganese. The result is antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibiotic, antihistamine, antipyretic, anti-viral, antifungal, anti-plaque, antinociceptive activity and anti-mutagenic properties to boost the health, and inhibiting or even preventing certain diseases and ailments. The health capabilities of this tea are truly awesome, so reap the benefits of our 100% natural tea by adding this tea to your diet today.
Detoxify the Body & Boost the Immune System
Antioxidants, together with the anti-inflammatory properties, can assist in ridding the body of harmful free radicals, helping to protect the body against oxidative stress, ageing and certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and a weakened immune system. A high source of Vitamin C, Guava Leaf Tea will boost the immune system and, with its known properties, prepare the body to fight common infections, viruses and afflictions.
Regularly drinking Guava Leaf Tea with every meal will help pre-diabetic and diabetic patients. Japan conducted several clinical trials that support the anti-diabetic properties, and it is now a government-approved food to help with the prevention and treatment of diabetes, after these trials revealed that compounds within the tea reduce the alpha- glucosidase enzyme activity, and also regulate the absorption of carbohydrates from food, controlling blood sugar levels after eating for patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, it has not been shown to interact negatively with diabetes medication already being taken. Guava Tea effectively reduces blood glucose levels without increasing insulin production.
Guava leaf has been used as a remedy for diarrhoea for centuries, but it also promotes a healthy and more efficient digestive system by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes, thereby reducing gas, bloating and indigestion. With its antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, harmful microbes in the gut are neutralised, inhibiting diarrhoea-causing bacteria. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe and relax the digestive tract. It is particularly beneficial for the treatment of food poisoning, dysentery, vomiting, and nausea, alleviating cramps, decreasing watery stools and altogether promoting a faster recovery.
Promotes Heart Health
This tea has many benefits for the heart. Regular drinking can also lower the levels of triglyceride and bad cholesterol in the body and increase the levels of good cholesterol, protecting the heart against disease and helping against anemia. Compounds in the tea can also help to reduce blood pressure and lower the heart rate, whilst an enzyme responsible for atherogenesis (fatty deposits and degeneration of arteries), is hindered.
Promotes Weight Loss
A powerful weapon in the fight against excess weight, Guava Leaf can help in several ways. Firstly it prevents complex carbs from being turned into sugars. It also stabilizes the leptin hormone which is the hormone that triggers the brain when your appetite is satisfied, which is generally disabled by sugary foods. Alpha-glucosidase enzymes may also be inhibited which prevent glucose from being converted to glycogen, stored in the liver (fatty liver) and adipose tissues such as the tummy and hips, and also preventing insulin resistance and related water retention. Guava leaves can also alleviate the effects of an existing fatty liver, improving fatty acid oxidation and export, and thereby decreasing insulin resistance and metabolic breakdown. Anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants properties can boost the metabolism, increasing fat burning and destroying fatty tissues and excess glycogen which is not required by the body.
Several studies have shown that Guava Leaf can prevent or even stop the growth of cancer cells, particularly breast, prostate and oral cancer. Compounds within the tea act as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), which prevent cancer cells from multiplying, whilst the powerful antioxidants prevent cell damage from free radicals, a major cause of cancer. There have been particular studies in the case of prostate cancer, with favourable results.
Heals Cold and Cough
Vitamin C and iron are very helpful in relieving cold and flu symptoms. Guava tea has an expectorant effect, soothing coughs and rids the body of mucus. Natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agents help to kill the bacteria or virus, preventing infections or treating and soothing current infections, whilst the antipyretic agent can help to reduce a fever. Research showed that the tea effectively prevented the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph A) which is a common cause of respiratory diseases. The result was published in 1999 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. It was also found to inhibit the flu virus. The high antihistamine content also helps for allergies and bronchitis, and the tea has been found to be a useful aid in the critical condition of Dengue Virus Infection.
Guava leaf appears to inhibit the prostaglandin synthesis, thereby reducing and relieving menstrual cramps, and acting as a natural painkiller. It is also a hormone balancer. During pregnancy women often encounter abnormal body functions such as low blood cell count, failure of neurotransmitters and metabolic failure in both mother and baby. Guava contains magnesium and potassium which improve the synthesis of neurotransmitters. The vitamins, protein, calcium, and other micronutrients contained in the tea play a key role in fetal health development, protecting the baby from neurological disorders and boosting the mother’s immune system. Furthermore, the tea relieves uterine cramps and counteracts common digestive issues during pregnancy such as acid-reflux, digestion, diarrhoea and constipation. Guava also stabilises blood pressure, reducing the complication of preeclampsia.
Powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents make Guava leaf tea a great home remedy for toothache, oral ulcers and swollen gums. Additionally, the leaves can be ground to a paste and applied to the gums and teeth.
Improves Quality of Sleep & Distresses
The magnesium contained in the tea helps to relax the muscles and mind, combating stress and boosting the system. A relaxed mind encourages improved quality of sleep.
Manages Thyroid Disorders
Leading causes of thyroid disorders include inflammation of the thyroid gland and poor levels of copper. The anti-inflammatory benefits and high mineral content of the leaves, in particular copper, are essential for maintaining a healthy thyroid gland, helping in the production and absorption of hormones, and normalising a thyroid imbalance.
Arthritis and Gout Pain Relief
Guava leaf is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory, which combined with its analgesic property makes it very effective for pain relief help for arthritis and gout. Further relief can also be found by applying a paste of the leaves to the affected area.
How to make the Guava Leaf tea?
Take a couple of leaves and crush to a fine powder. Add 2-3 teaspoons of powder to a cup and fill with boiled water. Leave to steep for 5-7 minutes.