10 Health Benefits of Guava

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Guavas are often regarded as one of the “superfoods” and also one of the “most nutritious fruits.” Discover the health promoting goodness that these seedy fruits have to boast about.

Depending on the species, a guava’s flesh and seeds can be white, orange, pink or red. The skin is green before maturity and becomes yellow, maroon or remains green when ripe. They are best eaten when semi-ripe because they are crunchy.

Guavas are a treasure-trove of nutrients. Their being high in antioxidants has made them known as one of the “superfoods.” They are also known for their high pectin content.

1.       Lowers cancer risk

Guava contains the highest vitamin C content among produce at four times more than oranges. Vitamin C is known as one of the potent antioxidants which help protects cells from free radical damage. High levels of oxidants in the body can damage cell membranes and may contribute to the development of heart disease and cancer.

2.       Lowers risk of diabetes 

Looking for other sources of fiber? Grab a delicious guava. It is rich in fiber, one of the most talked about nutrients today as it has found to be beneficial in a wide range of disease prevention including diabetes by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the body and thus very beneficial for diabetic individuals. A high fiber diet has also been linked to a lowered risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

3.       Promotes good eyesight

Guavas are very good sources of vitamin A, the nutrient best known for preserving and improving eyesight.

4.       Helps promote fertility

Munching on guava also supplies a good amount of folate in the body. The mineral folate is known for its fertility-promoting properties.

5.       Helps regulate blood pressure levels

One cup of guava is packed with almost the same potassium as bananas. Potassium works as an important factor in regulating blood pressure by reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure.

6.       Promotes healthy thyroid gland 

No, guavas don’t contain iodine; they are good sources of copper, a trace mineral which plays a role in thyroid metabolism especially in hormone production and absorption.

7.       Helps the body make use of key nutrients

One of the key functions of manganese in the body is being an enzyme activator including the enzymes responsible for the utilization of some key nutrients such as biotin, thiamine and ascorbic acid. Guavas are good sources of manganese.

8.       Relax nerves and muscles

Magnesium is one of the essential minerals which needs to be obtained from food as the body cannot make them. Eating guavas can help relax the nerves and muscles through its good amount of magnesium content.

9.       Keeps brain healthy 

The B group of vitamins play a vital role in brain function. Guavas are rich in vitamin B3 and B6. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin stimulates brain function and promotes blood flow, and vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is an important nutrient for brain and nerve function.

10.   Helps maintain healthy skin

Regular guava consumption can also do the skin good through its vitamin E content. Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin through its antioxidant properties.

Nutrient data source: USDA

http://healthmad.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-guava/

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