One of the most awaited seasonal fruits, Guava (Amrood) is amongst the commonly relished fruit in Asian countries. With its origin in central America, not only the fruit but its seeds and leaves, also have benefits to its cap.
Powerhouse of several nutrients, it also contains folate, lycopene, antioxidants and dietary fibre. The fruit contains four times the vitamin C present in the oranges and is therefore beneficial for immune health. Enriched with manganese, it helps in absorbing several other beneficial nutrients as well. Surprisingly, guava contains the same amount of potassium as is present in the banana. Since it contains 80% of water, it also helps in keeping the skin hydrated.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUAVA
Here are a few health benefits of Guava:
1 . Prevents Diabetes
-The high dietary fiber of the fruit, acts as a reason for the diabetics to add guavas in their daily salads.
-Studies show that consumption of a guava helped in preventing the onset of type-2 diabetes.
2 . Aids Weight Loss
-With abundant of proteins, fiber and vitamins, it also houses a good amount of roughage. Low on sugars (compared to its counterparts), the fruit manages to serve as a filling snack.
-Rich source of copper, it also helps in regulating the thyroid metabolism and manages to keep you healthy.
3 . Provides Relief From Flu (Cough and Cold)
-Guava and its leaves are a great source of vitamin C and iron and have been found to be effective in relieving cold and cough.
-Ripe guava is often avoided during cold and cough, however, raw/ immature guavas are recommended to be taken to reduce mucus formation.
4 . Prevents Cancer
-Enriched with powerful antioxidants such as lycopene, quercetin and polyphenols, it has been found to be beneficial in preventing the growth of cancer cells.
-Studies also suggest that the guava leaf oil has anti-proliferative substances that are effective in preventing the spread of cancer.
5 . Fights Constipation
-Rich source of dietary fiber, the seeds of guava have been found to have excellent laxative properties.
-It helps in formation of healthy bowel movement and thorough cleansing of intestines and the excretory system.
6 . Improves Eye Sight
-Rich in Vitamin C, it is amongst the recommended fruits to improve the eyesight and fight ocular diseases.
-Studies show that it greatly decreased the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration and improved the overall vision.
So, go ahead and add this fruit to your fruit basket this winter season and reap the countless benefits it has to offer. Eat Healthy, Stay Happy!