HEALTH BENEFITS OF
If you think that oranges are the best source of Vit. C, think again. Guavas contain 165mg of Vit C as compared to the 69mg of Vit C contained in oranges. This tasty fruit also contains beta carotene, lycopene, potassium and soluble fiber.
Among the health benefits brought about by guava fruits are the following: control of blood pressure, lowering of cholesterol levels and lastly, cancer prevention most especially prostate cancer.
Guava is a tropical fruit and is seldom mentioned when nutrition is being discussed but its juice is amazingly healthful.
Guava fruits may be round, ovoid or pear-shaped. The better varieties are soft when ripe, some crunchy in texture with edible rind and seeds. The varieties may come in white, pink, yellow and even red. Its small seeds range between 100 and 500 per fruit.
Guava has an incredibly high content of vitamin C. In fact, one guava fruit contains four times more vitamin C than an average-sized orange; and ten times more vitamin A than lemons!
Guava is an excellent source of fiber, almost 70 times more fiber than can be found in an orange! Other key nutrients are vitamins B2 and E, calcium, copper, folate, iron, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
The high content of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in guava makes it a powerhouse in fighting free radicals and oxidation that are key enemies that cause many degenerative diseases such as the following:
Cancer: The anti-oxidant virtue in guavas is believed to help reduce the risk of cancers of the stomach, esophagus, larynx, oral cavity and pancreas.
Cholesterol: The vitamin C in guava makes absorption of vitamin E much more effective in reducing the oxidation of the LDL cholesterol and increasing the (good) HDL cholesterol.
Heart disease: Eating guava or drinking guava juice regularly helps keep heart disease at bay.
Vision: The high content of vitamin A in guava plays an important role in maintaining the quality and health of eyesight, skin, teeth, bones and the mucus membranes.
Constipation: The fiber in guavas promotes digestion and ease bowel movements.
Diverticulitis: The insoluble fiber is beneficial in preventing and treating diverticulities.
Choose guavas that are fully ripe so that it is softer and easier to chew. It makes good healthy snacks if you cut into bite size and dip into prune powder.
You may need to eat many pounds of guava before you really see its healthful effects. So, the best way to take advantage of all the wonders in guavas is to drink them as juice regularly.