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Psidiumguajava (Guava) Leaves as a Potential Treatment of Scurvy

Author Affiliations

  • 1Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital, Bankura-722101, West Bengal, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 5, Issue (8), Pages 51-55, August,2 (2016)

Abstract

Psidiumguajava(Guava),belonging to the Myrtaceae family, is a well-known food crop in subtropical and tropical countries. It is also known for its medicinal value and is widely used as folk medicine around the world. The seed, leaves, fruit and bark of P. guajava tree have been traditionally used for a long time for its medicinal uses that are still in use today. P. guajava is known for its antioxidant, analgesic & anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, hepatoprotective, antidiarrheal, anti-diabetic, anti- cancer activity, antimicrobial and antipyretic properties. Scurvy is a condition (or rather a state)of the human body that occurs due to dietary deficiency of vitamin C, which is primarily the main cause. Chronic malnutrition is an predisposing factor and patients who are suffering from it are the main targets and are at a potential risk . The primates lack the enzymes required to synthesize vitamin C from its precursor. And thus theyhave to supplement Vitamin from exogenous dietary sources to fulfill their needs. Naturally occurring leaves of Psidiumguajavacan be used as a potential supplement in the treatment of scurvy. The Leaves of this plant provides the all in one treatment of Scurvy. This Myrtaceae fruit bearing plants are an interesting group offering definite opportunities for future development of excellent natural remedies one can get for treatment of variety of diseases.

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