Guava is a common tropical fruit and is native to Mexico, northern South America and Central America. It is a fruit with seeded berries. It is commonly known as Amrood in Hindi. It is a hard fruit with seeds because of which the fruit remains neglected by many. But what I call it is a super fruit. With rich nutritional value of guava, the fruit imparts numerous health benefits discussed below that will make you want to eat it for sure, the fruit and not sugar-rich guava jams and jellies.
The fruit bears an intoxicating strong-sweet fragrance and holds a distinct taste. It is round or oval in shape with edible seeds embedded in the center of the fruit. It has light green colored leaves. The flesh of the fruit varies from white, pink to dark red color.
Nutritional Value of Guava
The guavas contain dietary fiber, sugars, fat, protein, phytochemicals (β-carotene, lycopene like carotenoids and polyphenols like leucocyanidin and (+)-gallocatechin), vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C and K), electrolytes (sodium and potassium) and minerals (zinc, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and manganese). Apart from all the nutrients packed in the fruit, it contains 80% water.
Health benefits of guava
1. Guava is rich in vitamin C. This vitamin fights off free radicals, prevents oxidative damage and cancer. They provide your immune system with lots of antioxidants and antioxidants are the major lines of defense against free radicals formation.
2. Guava is also known for promoting fertility in humans because of its rich folate content. It is also good for pregnant women. It helps in developing the nervous system of newborns and also protects them from neurological disorders.
3. Guava helps in prevention from blood thickening and reduces cholesterol. It maintains blood fluidity and hence reduces blood pressure. This is because of high fiber content of guava, as foods lacking enough fiber contribute to increased blood pressure because of quick sugar conversion.
4. Manganese is required to absorb many nutrients form the food we eat. Eating guava will fulfill this need and provides you with important nutrients like biotin, vitamins, etc.
5. Do you know guava maintains your brain functions positive? Yes, guava keeps the blood flow in the brain good. In addition, it infuses vitamins B3 and B6 in the blood. These vitamins are good for your brain, especially B6, which is good for your nerves and keep them relaxed.
6. Guava also contains copper but only in trace amounts. The good is that the copper in guava keeps the functioning of your thyroid gland proper and good. Although if you are facing any problems with your thyroid gland then you should definitely consult a doctor and get thyroid function test done.
7. Magnesium is a relaxant for your nervous system and is present in guava. It relaxes both nerves and muscles. After strenuous physical activity, what more good would be than grabbing a guava form your kitchen?
8. Guava is also rich in potassium, which is a great mineral to enhance your weight loss program. It helps in burning more fat and increases muscle mass. The potassium content of guava is 63% more than that of banana.
9. Why is guava good for diabetics? Here is the answer. Guava aids weight loss as it slows down the sugar absorption in the blood. This property makes it unique and a great fruit for all diabetes patients.
10. Guava is also rich in fiber. Fiber content is important to lose weight. Guava will make you feel full for long, prevents constipation, encourages better food digestion and most importantly it helps in reducing the amount of saturated fat absorbed by your body. So stay fit and full with this fruit.
11. Guava is rich I dietary fiber and its seeds are excellent laxatives. Both properties of guavas help in smooth and healthy bowel movements and help in water retention, thus cleaning your intestines and excretory system naturally.
12. Guava contains anti-bacterial agents, especially its juice. It helps in shrinking and contracting open tissues in the body and flushes out harmful bacteria and toxins from your body.
13. Of all the nutrients found in guava, lycopene is its best component. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. It helps in getting rid of free radicals from the body, which is the major cause of cancer development. To decrease development of cancer cells, guava is the best fruit to grab.
14. Guava fruit acts as an astringent. It helps in getting instant relief from toothaches, gum sores and mouth sores.
15. Guava and its juice are both rich in vitamin C. So it is an easy way to keep scurvy at bay. Guavas contain vitamin C 5× more than any other citrus fruits.
16. Vitamin C fights the flu viruses and strengthens your immune system. Having a guava daily ensures to keep you flu free, along with a strong immune system.
17. Guavas are the potential sources of vitamin A, which is good for your eyes. They are also known as boosters for vision health. It helps in slowing the appearance of vision problems like cataracts and macular degeneration, and general eye health.
18. Decoction of guava leaves or juice of raw and immature guavas is a great remedy to cure colds and coughs. It reduces mucus, inhibits microbial activity and disinfects the respiratory tract, lungs and throat. Guava also contains iron. Both iron and vitamin C of guavas are great to prevent viral infections.
19. Ever wondered to have clear, smooth and shiny skin with one single fruit – guava? It improves the texture of your skin as guavas are full of astringents. Its leaves too contain abundant of astringents. A decoction of raw fruit or its leaves is a good way to rinse your skin. This will help in tightening of your skin muscles. Vitamins A. B and C, and potassium are all antioxidants and detoxifiers. They make your skin glow and keep you free from signs of aging and wrinkles.
20. Pink guava contains 2× lycopenes present in tomatoes. Lycopene is a potent antioxidant. It prevents your skin from damage from UV rays and pollution.
21. Guava promotes healthy growth of hairs as it is rich in vitamin C. to combat hair loss problems, what else would be cheaper and healthier than eating a guava?
More about guava
Enjoy of plentiful of sliced guavas sprinkled with chaat masala on your plate. Try the seasonal, luscious guava jams, jellies and murabbas. To know what amount you should consume a day and its effects on your body, please visit our website www.nextdoorlab.com and consult with doctors free on 0124-222-3197 by just giving s missed call on the same number.