Food Facts - Fruits



Guavas certainly are a treasure-trove with regard to nutrients. They are rich in antioxidants and known as a "super food". Some of the surprising and brilliant health benefits are listed below.

1. Weight Loss :
Guava is very effective in weight loss. 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 very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. 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 regulated and helps to promote the proper absorption of nutrients.

2. Oral Health :
Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds that make your gums feel tighter and fresher). Chewing guava leaves, eating a raw guava, or using some guava-based toothpaste makes your mouth feel healthier.

3. Diarrhoea & Dysentery :
The astringents present in guava 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.

4. Cancer Prevention :
One of the most important benefits of guava is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. 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 successful in reducing prostate cancer risk. The naturally high levels of vitamin-C in guavas, which are four times higher than the levels found in oranges, provide the immune system a huge boost.

5. Constipation :
Guava is one of the richest sources of dietary fibre 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 intestines and excretory system.

6. Eyesight :
Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is very essential 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.

7. Thyroid Health :
Guavas are a good source of copper, which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism by helping to control hormone production and absorption.

8. Brain Health :
Vitamins B play an important role in maintaining a healthy brain. Guavas are rich in vitamin B3 and B6. Vitamin B3, also referred to as niacin encourages brain health and promotes blood circulation, and Vitamin B6, also referred to as pyridoxine, is usually an important nutrient that enhances the brain function.

9. 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 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.

10. Skin Care :
Due to the abundance of astringents in the fruit, Guavas can improve the texture of your skin and help you to avoid skin problems. More astringent is present in immature guavas and in its leaves. In addition to the astringents, guava is very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are good antioxidants and detoxifiers, and keep your skin glowing and free from signs of premature aging, wrinkles and other dermal disorders.

11. High Blood Pressure :
Guavas are beneficial in regulating blood pressure as they are a very rich source of potassium. Potassium reverses the effects of sodium, thereby regulating the balance of blood pressure. It also reduces cholesterol levels in the blood by preventing it from thickening.

12. Diabetes :
Intake of guava can also help those patients who suffer from diabetes. The high level of dietary fibre 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.

13. Scurvy :
Guava can outdo many other fruits, including orange and other citrus fruits, in terms of its concentration of vitamin-C. Due to this it is one of the best remedies for scurvy.

14. Relaxes Nerves And Muscles :
Magnesium is one of the essential mineral which can be obtained only from food products. Eating guavas might help relax the nerves along with muscles as its good source of magnesium content.

15. Helps Body to Use Key Vitamins :
Guava being a good source of manganese is effective in using some essential nutrients including biotin, thiamine and ascorbic acid.