Guyabano is soursop in English. In the Philippines, it is called guyabano. Other names of guyabano or soursop are: guañabana (Spanish), pawpaw (Brazil), graviola (Portuguese), corossol (French). It's scientific name is Anona Muricata Linn.
Guyabano is considered a high-antioxidant food due to its vitamin and mineral contents. Guyabano fruits have Vitamins C and B. They also contain minerals, such as phosphorous, calcium, and iron, among others. These are the reasons that guyabanos are considered beneficial against infections, eye disease, and other diseases.
The guyabano fruit is used for smoothies, desserts, juice, and even candies. Aside from its edible uses, guyabano fruits have also been used for traditional medical treatments in many parts of the world.
The juice from the guyabano fruit has been used topically while concoctions made from its leaves are also used for natural remedies. The leaves are used to brew a health-giving tea which can have medicinal effects on the human body.
The guyabano leaves contain Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Phosphorous, Thiamine, Calcium, and carbohydrates. When made into tea, they have many health benefits.
Here are 15 health benefits of Guyabano Leaves Tea:
1. Helps Fight Against Cancer
Guyabano leaves are believed to contain anti-cancer properties and that drinking guyabano leaves tea may protect the body against cancer and can also reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
There is a study published in the Journal of Natural Products stating that guyabano leaves are 10,000 times more potent than the chemotheraphy drug called Adriamycin.
2. Prevents Diabetes
Studies show that guyabano leaves tea has the ability to stabilize and maintain blood sugar levels within the normal range. Guyabano leaves have hypoglycemic properties which can lower the glucose levels in the bloodstream.
3. Prevents Migraine
Since guyabano leaves contain Riboflavin which helps prevent migraines, drinking guyabano leaves helps relieve pain due to migraine.
4. Prevents Leg Cramps
Leg cramps can disrupt your daily activities. Potassium can help prevent this problem because it fights against muscle weakness. Some good sources of potassium are bananas and guyabano leaves.
5. Helps Relieve Back Pain
Guyabano leaves tea is one of the safest herbal treatments for back pains. It does not have any side effect on the body.
6. It Helps Boost the Immune System
Tea made from guyabano leaves can help boost the immune system and fight infections in the body.
7. Helps Relieve Pain Caused by Rheumatism
Pains caused by rheumatoid arthritis can be alleviated by taking guyabano leaves tea at least twice a day.
8. Helps Prevent Anemia
Drinking guyabano leaves tea may help prevent anemia. Guyabano leaves extract contain iron to help lower the risk of anemia.
9. Helps Lower Blood Pressure
For those suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure, you may find relief from drinking tea made from guyabano leaves as the leaves contain blood-pressure-lowering properties.
10. Helps Strengthen Bones
Guyabano leaves contain calcium which helps strengthen your bones and teeth.
11. Helps Calm Your Nerves
Drink a cup of guyabano leaves tea when tense to calm your nerves. Guyabano leaves contain compounds with the ability to help calm your nerves.
12. Helps Inhibit Herpes
For those who suffer from herpes, drinking guyabano leaves tea may help inhibit the activity of the virus.
13. Helps Prevent Uric Acid
There are studies showing that guyabano leaves may protect you from disease associated with uric acid, such as gout. For those who are already suffering from gout, guyabano leaves may be able to help you.
Boil guyabano leaves in 2 cups of water, then simmer until water is reduced to 1 cup. Drink immediately for best results and take it twice a day, morning and evening.
14. Contains Anti-Aging Compounds
Guyabano leaves contain high amounts of Vitamin C and antioxidants which can fight free radicals. Free radicals can wreak havoc to your skin and show signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and heavy pigmentation. The antioxidants can protect you from premature aging.
15. Helps Promote Good Night’s Sleep
Guyabano leaves is a good herbal aromatherapy. Drinkng tea from guyabano leaves helps you relax and you get a quality sleep at night.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.