Guava is round or pear-shaped with light green skin and white or maroon flesh that contains many small, hard edible seeds. Guava has distinctive flavor and fragrance. Apart from all these guava is actually a super fruit because of its numerous health-promoting qualities. Along with the fruit, the bark and leaves of guava trees also provide numerous health benefits.
Guava has a high content of vitamins C and A. In fact, one guava fruit contains 4 times more vitamin C than an average-size orange and 10 times more vitamin A than a lemon. It also contains vitamins B2, E and K, fiber, calcium, copper, folate, iron, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. With all the nutrition that it provides, guava hardly contains any fats. Moreover, it is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.
If the traditional adage says that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, the phrase is probably changed to “A few guavas in the season keeps the doctor away for the whole year” in the Indian Subcontinent and places where guavas typically grow.
Guava season is going on and you would get amazed about the benefits of eating guava. And, surely you will start eating guava after knowing the facts that would amaze you. Following are the health benefits of eating guava:
1. Healthy Heart:
Regular guava fruit intake can help decrease blood pressure and blood lipids. This is due to its higher potassium, vitamin C and soluble fiber content. Potassium helps maintain a steady heartbeat and control high blood pressure, while vitamin C keeps the small blood vessels healthy. In addition, the lycopene found in pink-fleshed guava helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people who eat this fruit on a regular basis.
2. Controls Diabetes:
Guavas improve as well as prevent the development of diabetes. Apart from the insulin-like activity that guavas possess, their rich fiber content and low glycaemic index makes them extremely good for diabetic patients as well. While fibre content ensures the sugar levels are well regulated, low glycemic index inhibits a sudden spike in sugar levels.
3. Immunity Booster:
Guavas are one of the richest sources of vitamin C. A single, medium-sized guava offers two times the daily requirement of vitamin C, a vitamin that is closely associated with improved immunity and protecting you against common infections. In addition, guava’s anti-inflammatory action and its ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules like prostaglandins help keep you disease free.
4. Fights Cancer:
The anticancer or antitumor properties of guava come from the compounds like lycopene, quercetin, vitamin C and various polyphenols present in it. These compounds work as potent antioxidants that help neutralize free radical damage in the body, which can cause cancer. And all this fact has been scientifically proved.
5. Treats Constipation:
Guava is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber in terms of fruit. Its seeds, if ingested whole or chewed, serve as excellent laxatives. These two properties of guava help the formation of healthy bowel movements, and aid the body in retaining water and thoroughly cleaning your intestines and excretory system.
6. Younger Looking Skin:
Free radical damage to the skin can trigger wrinkle formation and early ageing. Guavas being rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and antioxidants like lycopene and carotene helps protect your skin from wrinkles and fine lines, thus making you look younger. Moreover, the astringent properties in unripe guava and the guava leaves help improve skin texture, protect it from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and prevent problems like acne and pimples.
7. Good For Eyes:
Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is well known as a booster for vision health. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration, and general health of the eyes. It can not only prevent degradation of eyesight, but even an improvement in eyesight once it has begun to degrade.
8. Helps In Toothache:
Guava or guava leaves can be consumed as an excellent home remedy for toothache. They have a potent anti-inflammatory action and a powerful healing and antibacterial ability that fight infection and kill germs.
9. Improves Brainpower:
Another of the tremendous positive benefits of guavas is the presence of B3 and B6 vitamins. B3 can increase blood flow and stimulates cognitive function. B6 is a great nutrient for brain and nerve function. Therefore, eating guava can help you increase brain function and sharpen your focus.
10. Good for pregnant women:
Guavas contain folic acid, or vitamin B-9, which is recommended for pregnant women since it can help in developing the baby’s nervous system and protect the newborn from neurological disorders.
Apart from above mentioned benefits Guava is also considered good for thyroid related problems because of the good amount of copper it provide, along with this guava is also good for curing diarrhea & dysentery. There are so many health benefits of guava; it is hard to know where to end.
But, before I end this as usual, a word of caution: do not eat guava empty stomach and never eat more than two guavas in one go, you can eat two or three guavas a day but with breaks.
For any further queries or your experiences do comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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