The guava is an especially healthy tropical fruit, full of potent medicinal properties. The fruits are oval, round, or pear-shaped, with edible seeds and rind. They can be white, pink, yellow, or even red.
For centuries, these incredible fruits have been appreciated for their sweet and tangy flavor. In fact, the guava fruit contains 4 times more vitamin C than an average-sized orange, and 10 times more vitamin A than a lemon. Therefore, they’re considered as a magic fruit from the number of nutrients and healing properties.
Additionally, guava provides a rich source of magnesium, phosphorus, folate, calcium, copper, potassium, iron, vitamins B2 and E, manganese, and has nearly 70 times extra fiber than oranges. Also, it helps in destroying free radicals, prevents oxidation, and lowers the risk of degenerative diseases.
According to Dr.Axe, “100 grams of guava fruit contains the following:
- 68 calories
- 2.6 grams of protein
- 14.3 grams of starch
- 5.2 milligrams lycopene ( 52 percent DV)
- 228.3 milligrams nutrient C (381 percent DV)
- 5.4 grams fiber (21.6 percent DV)
- 49 microgram folate (12.3 percent DV)
- 40 milligrams phosphorus (4 percent DV)
- 624 IU nutrient A (12.5 percent DV)
- 0.2-milligram copper (11.5 percent DV)
- 417 milligrams potassium (8.8 percent DV)
- 22 milligrams magnesium (5.5 percent DV)
Here are the amazing health benefits of guava:
- Immune system
The high amount of vitamin C strengthens the immune system, stops the damage to the cells, and fight disease-causing pathogens.
The absorption of iron provides incredibly high amounts of vitamin C, therefore it helps to prevent anemia.
Guava fruits are high in potassium and dietary fiber that reduces the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases the HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Digestive health
These fruits are rich in fiber which helps your metabolism and eases bowel movements thus, treats diarrhea, digestive infections, and diverticulitis.
- Heart disease
Guava is known to be a heart-healthy fruit since it’s abundant in potassium and dietary fiber that lower bad cholesterol levels.
- Bone health
The high magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus content are understood to strengthen the bones.
- Skin health
Guavas are rich in antioxidants, which help to protect your skin from damage and prevent premature aging.
- Eye health
Guavas are high in carotenoids which improve vision and prevent the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.