The season for guavas just started here in Bali, and I’m looking forward to consume this delicious fruit a lot in the next weeks. First recipe was a guava lassi with watermelon. You can already get them in a lot of western countries, here in Bali for the cheap price of 80 cent per kilo.
The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy.
Guava is very common in Asian countries, but is increasingly available in the western world, particularly as more of its health benefits are revealed. It is a somewhat round or pear-shaped seasonal fruit, and is light green, yellow, or maroon in color on the outside when it is ripe. Guava also has white or light red (like grapefruit) flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloped in very soft, sweet pulp. It is eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or in the form of jams or juice.
This popular fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. If the traditional adage says that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, the phrase is probably changed to “A few guavas in the season keeps the doctor away for the whole year” in the Indian Subcontinent and places where guavas typically grow.
The Nutrition of Guava
Guava is a nutritious fruit which has numerous health benefits. It is considered a super fruit for its rich antioxidants, including vitamin C, polyphenols and caratenoids.
Guavas are rich in dietary fiber. To get the most fiber from guava, make it into a pulpy juice or eat the raw guava fruit. The fiber in guava can help you to lose weight and reduce your cholesterol. Guava can help you to lose weight because it causes you to feel full, and it also reduces the absorption of saturated fats and cholesterol. It contains almost 9 grams of dietary fiber per medium sized guava. This is equivalent to 36 percent of the USDA recommended daily amount of dietary fiber.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant found in abundance in the guava fruit. Guavas contain even more vitamin C than oranges. One guava fruit contains approximately 377mg of vitamin C. Vitamin C supports your immune system by protecting it against pathogens and fighting disease. Just one guava provides you with more than 100 percent of the USDA recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Guavas average four to five times more vitamin C per serving than other citrus fruits.
Guava contains both carotenoids and polyphenols. Carotenoids and polyphenols act as antioxidants and support your immune system by eliminating free radicals and protecting your body’s cells against damage. Carotenoids are especially important for ocular health and skin health. Both carotenoids and polyohenols have also been thought to prevent certain types of cancer (especially breast cancer and skin cancer). These potent antioxidants are only found in plant sources. Look for guavas that are a reddish-orange color. These contain the most carotenoids and polyphenols.
Guava contains important minerals, including potassium in the amount of 688 mg, which is 20 percent of the USDA recommended value. Guava also contains copper in the amount of 0.4 mg, which is 19 percent of the USDA recommended value. Potassium is important for a variety of metabolic functions in your body. It transmits brain signals and maintains your blood osmotic balance. Potassium also regulates your heart function. Copper is an important essential mineral that supports your vital organs, bones and tissue. Copper also helps break down enzymes in order for you to use nutrients more efficiently.
Eating just one serving of guava every day can increase your immune system function and your overall health. Try topping your salads with diced guava, or using guava juice in your smoothies
Another great benefit is the use guava has for your skin. Guavas can improve the texture of your skin and help you to avoid skin problems more than even the highest ranked beauty creams or skin toner gels. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in the fruit (more astringent is present in immature guavas) and in its leaves. Your skin can benefit from either eating the fruits (this helps tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by rinsing your skin with a decoction of its immature fruit and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the area of loosened skin where you apply it. In addition to the astringents, guava is very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are good antioxidants and detoxifiers, which keep your skin glowing and free from signs of premature aging, wrinkles and other dermal disorders.
This were just a few of the health benefits of guava. If you are interested you can find a lot more all over the web.