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20 Ultimate Health Benefits Of Guava

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Guavas are plants in the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) genus Psidium. Health Benefits of Guava include eye care, brain health, immunity booster, cancer cure, skin care and many more.

The term “guava” appears to derive from the Arawak (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) guayabo “guava tree”, via the Spanish guayaba. Another term for guavas is pera, derived from pear derived from Spanish or Portuguese common to regions around the western Indian Ocean. Amrood is another term used in Indian subcontinent and Middle East, possibly deriving from armoot meaning “pear” in Arabic and Turkish languages. In Egypt, it is called gawafa.

Classified as a berry by most botanists, each guava berry is covered by a rough green rind that turns yellow when ripe. The pulp inside occurs in colors of white, pink, or red with numerous tiny, semi-hard edible seeds, concentrated especially at its center. The fruit is soft when ripe with sweet musky aroma and creamy in texture. Ripe fruits have rich flavor with sweet-tart taste.

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The early Spanish explorers of the 1500’s found Strawberry Guava, ‘Acca sellowiana O.,’ growing as a native tree in America, where they were firmly established from Mexico southward to Peru. They are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Guavas are now cultivated and naturalized throughout the tropics and subtropics in Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, subtropical regions of North America, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Spain.

Top 20 Health Benefits of Guava

1. Relieves Diarrhea & Dysentery

Astringents, in guava, are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Other nutrients such as vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium, strengthen and tone the digestive system.

2. Eye Care

Vitamin A or retinol slows down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration, and prevents degradation of eyesight and night blindness.

3. Brain Health

Guavas contain Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6 (niacin and pyridoxine), which helps in improving blood circulation to the brain, relaxing your nerves and stimulating cognitive function.

4. Regulates Thyroid

Guavas contain the trace element Copper which regulates thyroid metabolism, helping to control hormone production and absorption.

5. Diabetics cure

Rich in fibre and with a low glycaemic index, guavas, help to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body and can be consumed for prevention and cure of Type 2 diabetes.

6. Effective Laxative

Constipation is caused when food is stuck in our colon. Guava, super rich in fibre, aids the body in retaining water and thoroughly cleaning your intestines and excretory system.

7. Nervous Relaxant

Guava is magnesium rich food which acts as a nervous relaxant. It helps to relax muscles and nerves of the body.

8. For pregnant mothers

Guavas contain Folic acid, or Vitamin B-9, which is recommended for pregnant women since it can help in developing the foetus’s nervous system and protect the newborn from neurological disorders.

9. For Fertility

Guavas contain good amount of Folate which help to boost fertility in humans.

10. Speeds Absorption

Being rich in Manganese, Guavas help the body in quick absorption of key nutrients like biotin, vitamins, minerals from the food that we eat.

11. Immunity Booster

Vitamin C provides a huge boost in antioxidants, which are the major lines of defense against the proliferation of free radicals in the body. Kiwis are known to be packed with Vitamin C which makes them an excellent antioxidant.

12. Infection Control

Relieves coughs and colds by reducing mucus, disinfecting the respiratory tract, throat and lungs, and inhibiting microbial activity with its astringent properties.

13. Aids Weight loss

Guava is very rich in vitamins, proteins, fibre and minerals and has no cholesterol and a very low number of digestible carbohydrates.

14. Cancer Cure

Being rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants like Lycopene, eating guavas can protect your cells from damage and reduce chances of prostate, breast, and oral cancers.

15. Skin Care

Vitamins, minerals and nutrients, in conjunction with Guava’s astringent property, help keep your skin toned, hydrated, improves elasticity, removes blemishes, acne, dark spots, blackheads, wrinkles and pimples.

16. Scurvy Buster

A deficiency of vitamin-C can cause scurvy, and proper intake of super vitamin-C rich guavas are the best remedy for this dangerous disease.

17. Anti-ageing

Guavas are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and potassium which are good antioxidants and detoxifiers. Lycopene and carotene protect the healthy cells from toxins and UV rays rendering your skin wrinkles free.

18. Blood pressure Stabilizer

Potassium in Guava helps to reduce cholesterol in the blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining the fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure.

19. Combats Hair Loss

Rich in vitamin C, guava helps promote healthy hair growth. It also helps in combating hair loss problems.

20. Oral Care

The juice of guava leaves has been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums & oral ulcers, and the juice speeds up the healing power of wounds when applied externally.

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Side Effects and Precautions

No side effects have been reported for excessive consumption of guava. But herbal supplements derived from the plant and fruits need to be taken under medical supervision.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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JojitEspiritu
JojitEspiritu 5pts

Do not eat the seeds of the fruit because it can cause constipation. I have experience it several times. 

Silvia Dewitt
Silvia Dewitt 5pts

Guava is good to eat, contains vitamin "c". Helps women to cut their monthly time out, in half. I believe helps to get rid of parasites.

Eduardo Fajardo
Eduardo Fajardo 5pts

I plant guava trees for shade of my roosters. I give the fruits to my neighbor kids.

Luciana Rael
Luciana Rael 5pts

Lol that was our everyday fruit, my favorite is the red one, I don't really care for the white

Rumi Poet
Rumi Poet 5pts

Guava on the island of Kauai Hawaii, heaven on earth.

Debbie Roy
Debbie Roy 5pts

OMG...the best fruit, after mango. \U0001f60a

Angel Corona
Angel Corona 5pts

To me passion fruit, is the best ,back home we call them,,parcha,,.....

Angel Corona
Angel Corona 5pts

ANYWAY GREEN GUAVA IS THE BEST TO EAT...

Angel Corona
Angel Corona 5pts

You see watch out with the very yellow ripped Guayava you will get running stomach very easy, the best are the one that stay green when ripped ,same thing with MANGO.. YOU KNOW....

Joe Suti
Joe Suti 5pts

Try guaba jelly on toast

Angel Corona
Angel Corona 5pts

Only one point, there is a variety of Guayaba ,,as they call them back home and the guava that get very yellow when get ripped is not the best ,the one that ripe and keep looking green, are better, not digesting problems...

Cheryl Powers
Cheryl Powers 5pts

Would dearly love to be able to buy some in our stores here - haven't had one since Hawaii days, several lifetimes ago!

Lourdes Pineda
Lourdes Pineda 5pts

I have a guava tree and I ate as many as possible when its the season.

Christine Kunkle
Christine Kunkle 5pts

Pineapple guavas are falling off the tree in my side yard 50+ per day now...delicious

Marion Bramley
Marion Bramley 5pts

Are they available in UK supermarkets? Does anyone know.?

Fely P. Dumo
Fely P. Dumo 5pts

I planted 1 and has fruit now ,2yr old mini tree

Carolann Jones
Carolann Jones 5pts

Guavaaaaa, I remember my grandma making guava jelly smell so \U0001f60b delicious yum yum

Rana K. Siddiqui
Rana K. Siddiqui 5pts

It's delicious you must try it. Ripe ones got more aroma and are softer and easily eaten. Seed are sometimes hard so be careful with your teeth

Atty Jemela Nettles
Atty Jemela Nettles 5pts

Lucky I have guava trees in my backyard! Summer is when they're at their peak.