Guava is exceptionally nutritious and is also one of the healthiest tropical fruit you can find with a very unique flavor. A treasure-trove of nutrients and antioxidants, making it worthy of being called a superfood.
It is commonly cultivated in the tropic and sub-tropic parts of the world with colors varying from light green to yellow. When ripe, the fruit is soft with a sweet, powerful aroma and creamy texture. It has around 200 pieces of tiny edible seeds amassed in the middle of the fruit. An evergreen low growing tree which may have originated in Middle Americas. It can easily thrive in dry and humid climates. Its scientific name is Psidium guajava under the Myrtaceae fruit family.
So, What do you get from eating guava?... A lot! Since guava is a very rich source of ascorbic acid, it is able to improve the body’s immune system. This fruit is known for its pectin content, which binds substances in the intestine adding bulk to stools. It can rid other health issues like ulcers, bleeding gums, and toothaches. It contains essential nutrients to increase the hemoglobin level and capable of reducing anemia in the body. Eating guava provides you with minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium, including Vitamin E, K and B-complex such as niacin and pantothenic acid.
For pregnant women, the folic acid that guava stores help in the development of the nervous system of the baby. It keeps the digestive system healthy, which is very essential during pregnancy to prevent constipation. Guava can assist in maintaining the blood pressure to avoid miscarriage and premature birth.
Guava is packed with anti-oxidants like isoflavonoids, polyphenols & carotenoids to fight off germs, infections and free radicals. An immune booster. Nibbling guavas helps maintain a normal blood sugar level, thus preventing gestational diabetes.
It’s a very good source of vitamin C that is concentrated in the outer rind of the fruit. The potassium it carries is more than that of a banana and almost twice the amount of lycopene found in tomatoes. This fruit is low in fats and calories, but is very high in soluble dietary fibers that protects the colon by reducing exposure to toxins including cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
There is not much information on the side effects of guava when used as a medicine, but is very safe when eaten as a food. As for pregnant and nursing women, avoid using guava for medicinal purposes.
You may want to grab a glass of guava juice…. A very refreshing drink!
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