Published: 08/20/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Prof. Dr. Luis Ruiz-Garcia, PhD
Do you know tha amazing properties of Guava? Guavas are the fruit grown on guava trees, original to America. It has been able to adapt well to climates all over the world, however. There are several types of guava, and they can be as small and yellow as a lemon, or big and rosy, with a much sweeter taste. It is classified as an acidic fruit, and possesses several medicinal and nutritive properties.
Nutritional value of guava
- Contains a large amount of vitamin C
- Rich in potassium, chlorogenic acid, beta carotene, flavonoids, pectin, betaine, etc.
- Rich in antioxidants, which help fight premature skin aging.
Guava’s health applications
Here are the healthy properties of guava:
- Excellent for strengthening the body’s defenses, as it stimulates white blood cell production.
- Helps fight and prevent infectious diseases.
- Very useful in treating respiratory conditions like cough, bronchitis, asthma, colds, influenza, etc.
- Helps keep blood pressure balanced.
- Improves circulation.
- Helps fight cholesterol.
- Useful when included in diabetic’s diets.
- Protects against infectious eye diseases.
- Promotes restorative enzyme activity.
- Is slightly anti-coagulant.
- Helps cleanse the body of accumulated toxins or harmful fats.
- Promotes skin health.
- Helps fights contagions.
- Useful in the elderly’s diets. Helps strengthen the body and maintain good general health.
Guava can be eaten in several ways, and can be used to prepare a variety of dishes like juices, dressings, cocktails, jams, sweets, cakes, sauces, and more. It can be eaten alone, or as a sweet, or accompanied by any other fruit.
The most recommended way to use guava, so as to benefit from its medicinal properties, is to eat it in the mornings, either in a juice, or alone. Do not combine it with other fruits, especially if the are sweet. This will take maximum advantage of its cleansing strength. You must try to never eat it in syrups or canned, because they loose a lot of their medicinal properties this way. We also recommend you avoid using refined sugar to sweeten it, since sugar counteracts its medicinal effects. Keep in mind that cooking or heating it makes it loose its vitamin C.
A bit about guava seeds
Some people are used to eating guava seeds, but others prefer to extract them so the stomach doesn’t need to make an extra effort to eliminate them. The seeds do not harm the body in any way, however, if you are constipated, or have difficulty going to the bathroom, it is best to remove the seeds so you don’t aggravate your condition.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 03/08/2020
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