Guavas are not only edible fruits, this article is set to explain the guava fruit health benefits needed by all humans. We are so blessed with so many natural resources to help combat several health challenges yet we keep missing this rare privileges by eating junks.
Guavas are tropical fruits commonly known to have originated from America (central). The picture above describes the shape of guava fruit as oval having either yellow or green skin color. There are ripe guava fruits that are green outside and red inside while others are yellow on the outside and white inside. They also have edible seeds.
Apart from the sweet taste of this American-originated fruit, it has other enticing nutrients that are of great benefits to human health. Some of these rich nutrients are fiber, potassium, vitamin C among others.
Nutrients found in guava fruits
Guavas are rich in major nutrients needed for daily healthy living. The fruit contains vitamins A-E. We all know that all fruits have vitamin C but the one found in this amazing tree product is believed to be 4 times more in quantity than in oranges. That means consuming more of guavas instead of oranges.
There are fruits and vegetables that have proteins; guava fruits do. Research has shown that this fruit has more proteins than other fruits within its category. I know a lot of people avoid eating beans and peas; major protein sources. If you belong to this category, try consuming guavas.
What of dietary fibers? This fruit is also rich in fiber. A very good example of fiber fruit product is pineapple. Oranges also have fibers and roughage, but we’re told that the fiber in guavas are more than that of pineapple ( approximately 4 times more). We all know the importance of fibers as they help in bowel movement and aid digestion. Are you having challenges related to bowel movement or indigestion? Consume more guavas!
Moreover, in tomatoes we have an essential element called lycopene; an indispensable antioxidant source that combat asthma, cancer and other heart related diseases. While it is known to be present in all red or pink fruits, it is absent in strawberries. The good news is that all pink guavas have lycopene and it is 2 times more than what is found in normal red tomatoes, which are often the first example of lycopene source.
What of potassium? Guavas have potassium and they’re also known to have higher quantities of potassium than the number one example of potassium product; banana. I was amazed during the research to find out that guavas have potassium and that they have more of it than banana because if any doctor wants to prescribe natural potassium product for you, he or she will mention banana first.
Does it have any other trace elements? Yes, minerals such as phosphorus, manganese etc as well as other minor chemicals that are of good benefit to our health.
What are guava fruit health benefits?
Having studied some rich nutrients found in guavas, we’re going to enumerate the health benefits of this fruit.
Guavas boost immune systems: we have seen its richness in vitamin C even higher than what is found in oranges. Vitamins C generally are known to help boost our immune system to fight sicknesses and other outbreak of diseases. With a strong immune system, our body will not only be able to fight to such ailments, it will resistant against them. You’re advised to consume more guavas to boost your immunity against infections.
Guavas work for diabetes: this fruit prevent the normal growth/development of this deadly disease; diabetes. Remember prevention is better than cure so consume enough guavas to prevent it. Also, for those who already have it, consuming it will help to regulate those sugar levels.
Guavas combat constipation: if you’re a victim of constipation or you suffer from it regularly, try consuming this super fruit, which, though unpopular, have higher nutrient properties than other fruits. Consume more guavas to enjoy bowel movement and also be free from the problem of indigestion.
Guavas combats eye problems: don’t forget that the fruit contains vitamin A, which is good for poor eyesight. While it may not have high content of this vitamin like carrot, it still works just fine. What are your challenges regarding your sight right now? Why not try consuming this wonder fruit and testify to the changes that you’ll experience. It is not only affordable, it has little or no side effects like other synthetic drugs. It works for prevention and main of poor vision.
Guavas fight cancers: its rich antioxidant properties help to fight body chemicals that can encourage the growth of known cancer cells in the body. It helps to reduce the growth of both prostate and breast cancer cells. What we eat matters a lot; a lot of people have attributed what we eat in this generation to be the cause of the spread of cancer in our body. Why can’t we consume these natural edibles to counter all forms of deadly growth in our body system.
Guavas are good for the flu, cough and cold: as a result of its high vitamin C content, it can be consumed when infected with the flu, cough and cold for fast relief. It may be used as a preventive measure for contacting the flu during its outbreak. Also remember that this fruit has immune system boosting potency so consume it before the sickness comes.
Guava fruit health benefits are numerous. For instance, the fruit helps to relieve stress, fight aging problems, improves skin colors, good for the brain and a weight loss gift. From above mentioned advantages of guava in relation to our health, one thing stands out, guess what? It works for virtually every health challenge.
Having considered the benefits of the fruit, are there other parts of the plants that are useful to our health? Yes. Read on!
The health benefits of guava leaves
Just like the fruit of this plant, the leaves also are useful. These nearly arranged, shiny and green leaves often oval are of great importance to both health and other areas.
For the health aspect, guava can be used to produce tea, which can be for the treatment of malaria/fever, dysentery and diarrhea. Most people boil these leaves and drink.
Do you know that the leaves are used as home remedies for treating toothaches and other oral health problems like swollen gums and mouth sores.
Guava leaves can be squeezed and the juice applied on acne, blackheads and spots. This should be done repeatedly until the spots clear off.
Aside the skin benefit of removing black spots and acne, guava leaves can be used to maintain good hair, prevent hair loss and help regrow hair loss.
Most of the function of the leaves are also replicated in the leaves.
What are side effects of guava fruits?
The problem people have found with guava fruit is the seed. Although it is generally believed that it aids digestion and help improve bowel movements, some faction have the belief that it can cause appendicitis. This is yet to be confirmed though.
Another possible side effect is bloating resulting from high fiber contents in the fruit.
Pregnant women and those breast feeding are advised against taking guava leaves as there are no recommended dosage. In order to prevent complications, they’re advised to be careful.
In a similar vein, since no one knows how taking guava leaves can react with other drugs, it should be taken with care just like other herbal products.
From the foregoing, we can see that guava plant is a blessing and we should take advantage of its naturalness to yap into its guava fruit health benefits. If consuming one single fruit type can produce so much positive results, why do we have to wait for our health to deteriorate before running to medical centers for treatment?
Take one day at a time. The best time to start taking care of your health is when you’re healthy. Eat well to keep well and guava fruits are readily available around us; tap into this availability and enjoy good health.