Loaded with tiny hard seeds at the center, this tropical fruit is believed to have its origin in Central America where it is also known as “sand plum”. It is round or oval in shape with light green or light yellow skin, and the colour of its flesh varies from white or pink to dark red and has edible seeds.
It is a powerhouse of nutrients. Guava is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants that are beneficial for skin. Guavas are also rich in manganese which helps the body to absorb other key nutrients from the food that we eat. Guavas contains folate, a mineral which helps promote fertility. The potassium in guavas helps regulate blood pressure levels also. In fact, a banana and a guava contain almost the same amount of potassium. As it contains about 80% of water it helps keep your skin hydrated.
Guavas contain 4 times the vitamin C content present in oranges. Vitamin C helps improves immunity and guards you against common infections and pathogens.
Friend of Health
The flavonoid compounds in guava play a pivotal role in the prevention of cancers, aging, infections, etc. It also prevents the development of diabetes. While the low glycemic index inhibits a sudden spike in sugar levels, the fibre content ensures the sugar levels are well regulated. Guavas improve the sodium and potassium balance of the body, thereby regulating blood pressure in patients with hypertension. This magical fruit improves levels of the good cholesterol.
It is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber in comparison to other fruits and just 1 guava fulfills about 12% of your daily recommended intake of fibre, which makes it very beneficial for your digestive health. Guava seeds also serve as excellent laxative, helping the formation of healthy bowel movements.
Eye problems can be kept at bay as guavas contain an abundance of Vitamin A that helps in improving vision. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Guava leaves have a potent anti-inflammatory action and a powerful antibacterial ability which fights infection and kills germs. Thus, consuming guava leaves works as a fantastic home remedy for toothache. The juice of guava leaves has also been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums and oral ulcers.
The magnesium present in guavas helps to relax the muscles and nerves of the body. So after a hard workout or a weary day at the office, a guava is certainly what you need to relax your muscles, combat stress and give your system a energy boost.
Without compromising your intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber, guava helps you lose weight by regulating your metabolism. It’s a win-win! Guava makes for a very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruits.
Cough and Cold
Guava has one of the highest quantities of vitamin-C and iron among fruits, and both are proven to be preventive against cold and viral infections. Juice of raw and immature guavas or a decoction of its leaves is very helpful in relieving coughs and colds by reducing mucus, disinfecting the respiratory tract, throat and lungs, and inhibiting microbial activity with its astringent properties.
Guava helps regain the skin’s radiance and freshness. Reap the benefits by preparing a guava scrub at home: All you have to do is mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Wash after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. Guavas are also a great source of Vitamin K, helps to get rid of skin discoloration, dark circles, redness and acne irritation.
Guavas rank high in astringent properties, guava leaves and unripe guavas even higher. Guava helps tone up and tighten the facial muscles. Apply a decoction of the leaves and fruit on your skin and awesome!