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Health Benefits of Guava


The health benefits of guava include treatment of diarrhea,dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weightloss, scurvy, etc.

Many of you might have tasted this mouth-watering treat, orat least have seen it or heard about it. Guava is very common in Asiancountries. It is a good looking pear shaped or round shaped seasonal fruit,light green or yellow or maroon in color from outside when ripe, with white ormaroon flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloping very soft and sweet pulp.It is eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or in form of jams and jellies. Thisattractive fruit is a real storehouse of nutrients. If it is “An apple a daykeeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, it must be “A few guavas in theseason keeps the doctor away for the whole year” in the Indian Subcontinent andplaces where guavas grow. Its scientific name is Psidium Guajava.

Let me share some of its brilliant health benefits with you.

Diarrhea &Dysentery: Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds those make yourgums feel tighter and fresh after you chew guava leaves or eat a raw guava oruse some toothpaste) which binds up loose bowels in diarrhea. These astringentsare alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties,thus help cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extramucus from the intestines. Further, other nutrients in guava, such asvitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium strengthens and tones up the digestivesystem and disinfect it. Guava is also beneficial in gastroenteritis due toreasons stated above.

Constipation:Guava is one of the riches sources of dietary fiber. Its seeds, if ingested wholeor chewed, serve as excellent laxatives. These two properties of guava helpforming bowels, retaining water and clean your intestines and excretory systemthoroughly. It is said that single constipation can lead to seventy two typesof ailments. It is absolutely true. Every way to your total health goes throughproper digestion and more importantly, proper excretion. Guava ensures both ofthese.

Cough & Cold:Juice of raw and immature guavas or decoction of guava-leaves is very helpfulin giving relief in cough and cold by loosening cough, reducing mucus,disinfecting the respiratory tract, throat and lungs and inhibiting microbialactivity due to its astringent properties. Guava is one of richest in vitamin-Cand iron which are proven to be preventive against cold and viral infections.In some areas in India, roasted ripe guava is used as a remedy against extremecases of cough and cold and congestion.

Skin Care: Guavascan help improve your skin texture and avoid skin problems more than the bestof beauty creams or skin toner gels can do. This is chiefly due to theabundance of astringents in its fruits (more in immature ones) and in leaves.You can benefit from it either by eating the fruits (this help tighten yourmuscles apart from your skin) or by washing your skin with the decoction of itsimmature fruits and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the loosened skin. Inaddition to the astringents, guava is very-very rich in vitamin-A, B, C andpotassium which are very good anti oxidants and detoxifiers and keep your skinglowing and free from aging, wrinkles and other disorders.

High Blood Pressure:Guava helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents it from thickening,thereby maintaining fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure. Studies haveshown that food stuffs which lack fiber (such a refined flour) add to bloodpressure, due to quick conversion to sugar. Guava, being very rich in fiber andhypoglycemic in nature, helps reduce blood pressure.

Weight Loss:Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromisingwith their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava, being very high inroughage and very rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but with nocholesterol and less digestible carbohydrates, is very filling and satisfiesappetite very easily. Just have a medium sized guava in the lunch and you willnot feel hungry till night. But ironically, it helps gaining weight in lean andthin people. This is probably due to its richness in nutrients, which keepsyour metabolism right helping proper absorption of nutrients.

Scurvy: Guava canoutdo many other fruits, including orange and other citrus fruits, when itcomes to concentration of vitamin-C, whose deficiency causes scurvy and whichis the only remedy to it. It contains five times the vitamin-C in oranges.

Other Benefits:Where to begin? Shall I start with the fact that guava helps control diabetes,protects prostrate, its Lypocene reduces the risk of cancer, the juice of theleaves cures toothache, swollen gums & oral ulcers, heals wounds whenapplied externally, convulsions, epilepsy, bacterial infections and so on andso forth.

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