Published: 12/13/2014 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Guava is one of the most effective medicinal fruits for all sorts of conditions. This fruit has a very unique taste, with an attractive smell and a yellow or pink color. It is a favorite in diets to heal the body. Not only is it tasty, it has a long list of medicinal properties, including the following:
- Rich in vitamin C, it has some of the highest levels of all fruits (100 grams of guava contain 183 mg of vitamin C, which is much more than the vitamin C content in oranges). To keep guava from oxidizing and to take advantage of all of its healing properties, you should avoid exposing it to heat or light, they should be eaten fresh and preferably eaten whole, or in juices or smoothies. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant.
- The pulp is also rich in vitamins A and B3. It is also rich in fiber, fructose and glucose.
- Contains niacin, potassium, chlorogenic acid, beta carotene and flavonoids.
- Astringent: when guava is not very ripe, it has potent astringent properties which can be used by chewing the pulp or making sweets or teas with it to treat gastrointestinal problems.
- Laxative: guava is one of the best laxatives around. The sweetness in guava makes them an excellent remedy for constipation problems or lazy intestines.
Medicinal uses and applications of guava:
- Blood pressure: helps regulate blood pressure, which is why it is recommended to so many hypertensive individuals.
- Strengthens capillaries and improves circulation: guava is very good for keeping capillaries in good conditions, providing them with elasticity and preventing their premature aging. They also help fight and treat varicose veins. For this, you need to drink guava juice on an empty stomach with a teaspoon of chia seeds. If you want to fight varicose veins you need to follow an exercise routine, combining it with guava. This promotes correct blood circulation.
- Increases white blood cells: low white blood cells can be caused by a lot of things, of which could be anemia, a weak immune system, infections, lack of nutrients, etc. If you have a low white blood cell count, I recommend you drink a smoothie made with soy milk, three ripe guava fruits, and one pinch of pure honey. Drink the smoothie every morning, you could also add a tablespoon of chia or oats once in a while, or you could take one or two capcules of brewer’s yeast. Combining these products will promote a balanced white blood cell production.
- Leaves from a guava tree work at stopping and controlling diarrhea, as well as for alleviating throat problems and oral lesions. For this, prepare a tea and gargle it or drink the tea if you have diarrhea.
- Rejuvenate: guava has some of the most rejuvenating properties of all foods, because it contains a lot of vitamin C, beta carotene, etc., which helps to repair tissues and to make them young again. For this, drink guava juice on an empty stomach and combine it with strawberries or pineapple to make smoothies and juices with different flavors. If you add almond juice, you will have a lot more potent antioxidants in your smoothie.
- Fights hair loss and the appearance of grays.
- A very effective remedy against jaundice.
- Helps fight worms (intestinal parasites). For this you should eat guava before breakfast and drink water until noon. In severe cases and for adults, we recommend following a guava diet by eating this fruit for two consecutive days. Do not eat anything else except for two liters of fresh water a day and two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, on an empty stomach.
- Used to treat cholera, colds, and bronchial problems.
- Other possible applications could be used to treat skin problems, infections, cavities, abdominal swelling, accumulate bile, scarlet fever, wounds, vaginal hemorrhage, low grade fever and to cure dehydration.
This fruit, any where from yellow to pink in color, comes from the guava tree, native to Brazil, Mexico and Peru. The trunk has a scaly and coarse bark in thin, smooth strips that are red in color. It has flowers that grow alone or at the top of the tree, which release a sweet perfume. It has petals that are green on the outside and white on the inside, and some petals are white. The fruit is a yellow or red cream color, the shell or peel is thin and is edible. The pulp is pink or yellow, and has somewhere between a sweet and penetrating acidic smell, which is very characteristic.
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