Guava – The Health and Nutritional Benefits

Guava fruit

As we know, Guava is a tropical fruit rich in nutrient and characterised by its unique flavour and taste. In its ripened state it has a sweet musky aroma, creamy texture and a sweet-tart taste. The fruit is consumed fresh or processed into various products like jam, jelly, pasta and juices. Guavas are rich in Vitamin C, iron, potassium, dietary fiber, carotenoids and polyphenols. They are free from saturated fatty acids and sodium.

Health benefits of Guava

Immunity booster

They are rich in antioxidant Vitamin C, guavas enhance the healthy functioning of our immune system. Thereby it protects us against common diseases like cold, cough and flu and other infections. Juice of raw guava helps relieve cough and cold by reducing mucus, disinfecting the respiratory system and inhibiting microbial activities by its astringent properties. Also helps to cure autoimmune diseases naturally.

Improves digestion

The Vitamin C, carotenoids and potassium present in the fruit strengthen, tone and disinfect the digestive system. Its astringent properties reduce symptoms of diarrhoea and cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestine.

Relieves constipation

The high fiber content of guava makes it a good laxative, adding bulk to your food and easing elimination. The fiber content present in one fruit covers 12% of DRI of fiber and added to this, the seeds, if chewed or swallowed, works as laxatives! What more do you want from a fruit?

Maintains blood pressure

Potassium present in guava maintains the sodium level and electrolyte balance, which helps control high blood pressure, which further reduces heart attack and stroke chances. It contains more potassium than banana (when compared weight to weight). Potassium helps in maintaining blood pressure and heart rate.

Eye health

Guavas are very good sources of Vitamin A which help to slow down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration and improving eyesight once it has begun to degrade.

Skincare

The high amount of astringent as well as vitamin A, B, C and potassium present in guavas especially the raw ones improve the texture of the skin by toning and tightening loose skin. It also delays wrinkles, ageing and protects from dermal disorders. Eat raw guava daily or you can even rinse your skin with a decoction of its immature fruit and leaves. Make a scrub out of guava pulp for glowing, radiant skin! A simple do-it-yourself project. Simply combine an egg yolk and guava pulp and apply it to your face. Simply rinse it off after twenty minutes. Do it twice a week and witness the miracle for yourself. It also aids in the reduction of dark circles, discolouration, and redness, among other things (thanks to vitamin K).

Diabetes

The high fiber content of guava helps to regulate the body’s sugar absorption capacity thereby preventing sudden rise and drop in insulin and glucose level in the body.

Thyroid health

The copper content of guavas plays an important role in regulating thyroid metabolism.

Cognitive benefits

B3 and B6 vitamins present in guavas increase brain function and sharpen your focus and memory.

Scurvy prevention and treatment

Guavas contain 5 times more Vitamin C than most citrus fruits including orange. So its regular consumption keeps you away from the Vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy.
The juice of guava leaves cures toothaches, swollen gums and oral ulcers. When the juice is applied topically it heals wounds fast.

Also, guava is a very filling fruit and satisfies your appetite easily. Taking medium-sized guava in your lunch will not make you hungry till evening and thereby will help you regulate your weight.

Well, guava is good for you. Enjoy fruits, enjoy nature.


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