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Health Benefits of Guava

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The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy.

Many of you may have tasted this mouth-watering treat, or have at least seen or heard about it. Guava is very common in Asian countries, but is increasingly available in the western world, particularly as more of its health benefits are revealed. It is a somewhat round or pear-shaped seasonal fruit, and is light green, yellow, or maroon in color on the outside when it is ripe. Guava also has white or maroon flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloped in very soft, sweet pulp. It is eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or in the form of jams and jellies.

This popular fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. 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. Its scientific name is Psidium Guajava.

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What makes guava special is that protecting the fruit does not require excessive use of chemical pesticides as in the case of grapes, apple, and other so-called “exotic” fruits. It is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.

Health Benefits of Guava

Some of the surprising and brilliant health benefits are listed below.

Weight loss: Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a is 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 fruit. Adding a medium-sized guava to your lunch and you will not feel hungry again until the evening. Ironically, it can also help with weight gain in lean, thin people. This is probably due to its wealth of nutrients, which keep the metabolism regulates and helps to promote the proper absorption of nutrients.

Diabetes: In a related benefit to blood pressure mentioned above, an intake of guava can also help those patients who suffer from diabetes. The high level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body. Studies have shown that consuming guava can help prevent the appearance of type-2 diabetes.

Eyesight: 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.

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Cancer Prevention: One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers. Guava leaf oil is extremely successful as an anti-proliferative substance, and has actually been shown to be more effective than some leading modern medicines in reducing cancerous growth. Guavas are also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to be wildly successful in reducing prostate cancer risk. That same antioxidant has also shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, although further human trials need to be done.

Finally, the naturally high levels of vitamin-C in guavas, which are four times higher than the levels found in oranges (the traditional vitamin-C powerhouse), provides the immune system a huge boost in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the major lines of defense against the proliferation of free radicals in the body, which are one of the main causes of serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. Therefore, adding guava to your diet has numerous ways in which it helps you stay health and cancer-free.

Scurvy: Guava can outdo many other fruits, including orange and other citrus fruits, in terms of its concentration of vitamin-C. A  deficiency of vitamin-C can cause scurvy, and proper intake of vitamin-C is the only known remedy for that dangerous disease. In fact, guavas contain 5X more vitamin-C than oranges, which are often heralded as the absolute best source of that beneficial vitamin.

Diarrhea & dysentery: Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds that make your gums feel tighter and fresher).  After you chew guava leaves, eat a raw guava, or use some guava-based toothpaste), your mouth feels healthier, and the astringent qualities also add substance to loose bowels and reduce symptoms of diarrhea. These astringents are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, thus helping to cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Furthermore, other nutrients in guava such as vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium, strengthen and tone the digestive system while simultaneously disinfecting it. Guava is also beneficial in treating gastroenteritis for the same reasons stated above.

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Thyroid Health: Guavas are a good source for copper, which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism by helping to control hormone production and absorption. The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in the body for regulating hormones and organ system function, so guava can help balance your health in many ways.

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. It is said that constipation alone can lead to 72 different types of ailments, so any help with constipation is beneficial. Your total health is undeniably affected by proper digestion, and more importantly, proper excretion. Frequent consumption of guava can ensure both.

Brain Health: Another of the tremendous positive benefits of guavas is the presence of B3 and B6 vitamins. B3 (also known as niacin) 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 you focus.

Cough & cold: Juice of raw and immature guavas or a decoction of guava-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 has one of the highest quantities of vitamin-C and iron among fruits, and both are proven to be preventive against colds and viral infections. In some areas of India, roasted ripe guava is used as a remedy against extreme cases of cough, cold, and congestion. Ripe guava should be avoided by people who are suffering from cough and cold, as it can exacerbate the problem, and one should also avoid drinking water immedaitely after eating guava as it can lead to a soar throat.

guava_1Skin care: Guavas can improve the texture of your skin and help you to avoid skin problems more than even the highest ranked beauty creams or skin toner gels. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in the fruit (more astringent is present in immature guavas) and in its leaves. Your skin can benefit from either eating the fruits (this helps tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by rinsing your skin with a decoction of its immature fruit and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the area of loosened skin where you apply it. In addition to the astringents, guava is very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are  good antioxidants and detoxifiers, which keep your skin glowing and free from signs of premature aging, wrinkles and other dermal disorders.

High blood pressure: Guava helps reduce cholesterol in the blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining the fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure. Studies have shown that food lacking fiber (such as refined flour) add to blood pressure, due to its quick conversion to sugar. Guava, being very rich in fiber and hypoglycemic in nature, helps reduce blood pressure.

Other benefits:  There are so many health benefits of guava, it is hard to know where to begin. It is important to know that guava helps control diabetes and protects the prostate.  The juice of guava leaves has been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums & oral ulcers, and the juice speeds up the healing process of wounds when applied externally. Finally, it reduces the frequency of convulsions, epilepsy, and bacterial infections.

As with many alternative foods and supplements, there is little risk in eating them in natural form, but you must do your due diligence when taking it in medical forms. Be cautious when adding any new medicinal form of guava into your diet, and it is better to stick to eating guava in its natural form as a raw fruit.

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  1. Azhar Mahmood says:

    wonderful and astonishing

  2. Miki Khoo says:

    Never too late to enjoy!

  3. Sugar Pie says:

    I have been searching for Guava's everywhere, everyday, everymoment, and yet, alas, I find none. If you have any information as of to where I can purchase any Guava's (no matter what size, I am not picky) I would be very grateful to you, kind sirs.

    • Daniel Jones says:

      Guava is seasonal, late spring, summer and early fall…..seeing as you posted this in January I can see why you had trouble finding it. As for where almost any grocery store should have them in season.

    • vijayan says:

      come to india we will give it free of cost here very abundant

  4. Alejandro Israel says:

    In this case what's "keeps doctor away"?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Leaves of Guava is very helpful for sugar patients to reduce sugar level in their body. sugar patients can see the difference in their sugar level if they taken Guava leaves regularly.

  6. Dare Mata A says:

    thank you

  7. Dare Mata A says:

    wow really good to know it..hindi ako nagkamali na sobrang palakain ako ng guava…

  8. Yip Yep Yeppy says:

    this would be very helpful in our research :)).

  9. Rama Reddy says:

    i like guva

  10. Elmo Fernandez says:

    adik kmi ng tropa ko sa bayabas..sawsawan nmin asin w/ chili.

  11. Nancy Lou Jordan says:

    My favorite fruit! Can not grow them here because it freeze's a few times and kills them. I am in North Central Fla.

  12. Sujeet Kumar says:

    Excellent information

  13. Tara Kempin says:

    Landline doco today said guava industry is on the brink of ruin as not enough demand from customers. Fruit is left in the ground Tropico is the main buyer . Please get the message out there to buy gauvas Australian grown and pay that bit extra than the imported. NSW growers need our demand right now.

  14. Sirr Chen Gardaya says:

    how to make a guava cake?

  15. Debra D'cunha says:

    I've got a guava tree in Sydney and the tree was so bountiful this year..had nearly 500 guavas and had to throw so many of them away….great to know the various health benefits of guavas!

  16. Nana Amma Konadu says:

    Where can I find one

  17. Cody Adnan says:

    Nice!

  18. Lroy Tipit says:

    Good to know the good properties of this fruit that is ignored by so many.

  19. Belinda Liporada says:

    Love guava since I can remember we have lots of fruiting trees around our home in Philippines. I'm so glad guava has so much benefits.

  20. Michael Seriosa says:

    It's guavalicious :) I love this stuff and I mix it with a supernutrient from the ocean call Limu. Here's an ABC NEWS World News Tonight segment about this discovery –> http://www.GetFreeLimu.com.

  21. Rajni Barotra says:

    I want to know that there can be constipation due to guava friut.

  22. Mark Reedy says:

    Excellent information! I live in the rain forest on Maui, and guava is everywhere. I eat a lot of guava, so your information makes me feel good!

  23. Kresia Ramas says:

    very informative :) i was worried about eating too much guava these days… glad I read your post :)

  24. Jay Mallari says:

    yah ryt,, tumbs up!

  25. Nicolette Boxe says:

    I didn't know guava had so many health benefits.

  26. Leo Matic says:

    is guava leaves are also good for the diarrhea of piglets?

  27. Xinnocent Sweetie says:

    nice information as my mom is a patient of high blood pressure.

  28. Vivek Ghorpade says:

    excellent , in rainy season fruit works like a natural antibiotic.

  29. Shilpa Kalagara says:

    oh thank god its one of my most favourite fruits , happy to hear soo many benefits of it. love to have guava!

  30. Anjila Ghimirey Pokharel says:

    good to know about highly beneficial fruit i.e, guava.These days I am enjoying by having the fresh and organic guavas.

  31. Gina Wearne says:

    AS a specialist in food intolerance I find this article particularly helpful. I am always looking for foods that add quality to protein intake for people that suffer from gluten & dairy intolerance. These people have often also reactions to seeds and it is wonderful to find a fruit that contains proteins that are easily digestible with the bonus of essential fatty acids! Thanks for the article.

  32. Clintzkie Clores says:

    wow the guava is healthy fruits ahah.

  33. Belle Moreno Pili says:

    good thing we have a guava tree in our backyard. so I can eat guava whenever I wanted to. :))

  34. Nicholus Nicky says:

    This is the best information I have ever encountered as a Biochemist. I shall utilise the information.

  35. Umesh Tiwari says:

    good to know about guava. Guava stick I use to brush my teeth, it was very healthy.

  36. Jeadrey Goris says:

    This is awesome to know I eat 3 guavas a day. I love them.

  37. Michael D Ho says:

    Skin Care: Guavas can help improve your skin texture and avoid skin problems more than the best of beauty creams or skin toner gels can do. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in its fruits (more in immature ones) and in leaves. You can benefit from it either by eating the fruits (this help tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by washing your skin with the decoction of its immature fruits and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the loosened skin. In addition to the astringents, guava is very-very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are very good anti oxidants and detoxifiers and keep your skin glowing and free from aging, wrinkles and other disorders.

  38. Balwinder Kaur says:

    I love to eat guava and I eat it everyday for lunch…

  39. Elaila Mae Monsalud says:

    full of vitamins- guava :) so when you eat one guava a day :) keeps the doctor away :)) haha barato pah :D

  40. Lourdes Santiago says:

    1 guava a day keeps doctor away…

  41. Jack Aaron Ejoc says:

    yeahhh

  42. Jack Aaron Ejoc says:

    thats true ;)

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