Feb 22, 2011


Guava contains vitamin C, vitamin A and B, niacin, calcium, nicotinic acid, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and folic acid. The pulp and the peel of the guava are a remarkable source of natural antioxidants and antioxidant dietary fiber (pectin), a combination of the properties of antioxidants and dietary fiber from a single source. The antioxidant properties of the skin are ten times higher than that of the pulp. Lycopene is a potent antioxidant known for its protective action. In addition to lycopene, guavas are also an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin C. Guavas are a very good source of Vitamin A. Guava leaf extracts are rich in quercetin and other flavonoids. 

Being rich in Vitamin C; guava is effective in treating male infertility caused by sperm clumping, adhesion and other abnormalities. 

Guava can outdo many other fruits, including orange and other citrus fruits, when it comes to concentration of vitamin-C, whose deficiency causes scurvy and which is the only remedy to it. It contains five times the vitamin-C in oranges.

Guava has been associated with healing of wounds, when applied externally.

Guava in particular contains quercetin which is an antioxidant that blocks enzymes that are responsible for building sorbitol, the sugar that forms the cloudy white clusters that cause cataracts. 

Guaijaverin, a flavonoid compound present in guavas inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans, which is considered to be a pathogen for dental caries. Guava is also rich in folate which helps to fight bad breath that causes gum disease gingivitis.

Guava has general haemostatic properties and can be used for treating bleeding nose, gums and minor internal hemorrhage.

Guava helps cure dysentery, by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds those make your gums feel tighter and fresh after you chew guava leaves or eat a raw guava or use some toothpaste) which binds up loose bowels in diarrhea.

Guava helps the body in combating free radicals produced during metabolism and aids in preventing age-related chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Guava is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber. Guava seeds, if ingested whole or chewed, serve as excellent laxatives. These two properties of guava help forming bowels, retaining water and clean your intestines and excretory system thoroughly and thus, is good for those suffering from constipation.

Guava strengthens and tones up the digestive system and even disinfects the same.
Guava, having high content of roughage, no cholesterol & less digestible carbohydrates, is good for those trying to lose weight.

Guavas can improve the texture of skin and help avoid skin problems. It will tone up and tighten the loosened skin. In addition to the astringents, guava is very-very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are very good anti oxidants and detoxifiers and keep your skin glowing and free from aging, wrinkles and other disorders. For the purpose, you can either eat it raw or make wash your skin with a decoction of its immature fruits and leaves.

Juice of raw and immature guavas or decoction of guava-leaves is known to bring relief in cough and cold by loosening cough, reducing mucus, disinfecting the respiratory tract, throat and lungs and inhibiting microbial activity due to its astringent properties.

Guava helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure. Guava, being very rich in fiber and hypoglycemic in nature, helps reduce blood pressure.

Guava is an excellent source of a carotenoid called lycopene that has the health benefit of preventing cancer. 

The presence of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibers in guava makes it effective in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels. . It also reduces cholesterol, triglycerides and boosts up good cholesterol.

The presence of Vitamin C and other phytonutrients, such as carotenoids, isoflavonoids and polyphenols, in guava has led to it being an effective antioxidant. 

Guava has been found to be beneficial for people suffering from the following ailments:
  • Acidosis
  • Asthma
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Catarrh
  • Congestion of the Lungs
  • Convulsions
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity
  • Oral Ulcers
  • Poor Circulation(strengthen the heart)
  • Prolonged Menstruation
  • Swollen Gums
  • Toothache
  • Obesity

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