When I was young, we had a big guava tree which gave us a lot of fruits and every so often I used to climb our guava fruit to pick guavas as most of them were so far up that I could hardly reach them.
It was actually a lot of fun and my sisters and I plus our neighboring friends used to gather after school and just climbed our guava tree and other trees we had in our yard. We had almost all the fruit trees in our front, side and backyard.
Even the small and not so ripe yet, we would still pick them and ate them. When you were young and you were around your playmates, nothing really mattered except the fun and the enjoyment you were having for whatever it was you were doing.
What is Guava Fruit?
Guavas are tropical trees originating in Central America where it is alternatively known as “sand plum”
Their fruits are oval in shape with light green or yellow skin and the color of their flesh varies from white or pink to dark red and contains tiny hard edible seeds at the center.
What’s more, guava leaves are used as herbal tea and leaf extract as a supplement. Guava fruits are amazingly rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Guava as a Super Fruit
Besides its unique flavor and fragrance, guava has been hailed as one of the super fruits due to the numerous health benefits it offers. It indeed is a powerhouse of nutrients.
- “This humble fruit is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C, lycopene, and antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin.
- Guavas are also rich in manganese which helps the body to absorb other key nutrients from the food that we eat.
- Guavas benefits are credited due to the presence of folate, a mineral that helps promote fertility.
- The potassium in guavas helps normalize blood pressure levels as well. In fact, a banana and a guava contain almost the same amount of potassium.
- Since it contains about 80% of the water (for more information on water, check out our blog post here). “it helps keep your skin hydrated”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, a practicing Radiologist located in Delhi and an experienced, skilled, and awarded doctor in Imaging in Sukhda Hospital in Delhi, India.
A 100 gm serving of the fruit contains just
- It contains 68 calories and 8.92 gm sugar, according to the data of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Guavas are also rich in calcium as they contain 18 gm of the mineral per 100 gm of the fruit.
- It also contains 22 gm of magnesium per 100 gm of the fruit.
- A significant amount of phosphorus and potassium- 40 and 417 gm per 100 gm, respectively.
16 Health Benefits of Guava Fruit and Leaves
1. Immunity Booster
Guavas are one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Guava fruit contains 4 times the vitamin C content present in oranges. Vitamin C helps improve immunity and protects you against common infections and pathogens. Moreover, it keeps your eyes healthy.
2. Lowers Risk of Cancer
“Lycopene, quercetin, vitamin C, and other polyphenols act as potent antioxidants which neutralize free radicals generated in the body, preventing the growth of cancer cells.
Guava fruit has shown to be widely successful in reducing prostate cancer risk and also inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells since it is rich in lycopene”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja.
Due to the rich fiber content and low glycaemic index, guavas prevent the development of diabetes. While the low glycemic index inhibits a sudden spike in sugar levels, the fiber content ensures the sugar levels are well regulated.
Guava fruit helps improve the sodium and potassium balance of the body, thereby regulating blood pressure in patients with hypertension. Guavas also help lower the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL), which contribute to the development of heart disease. This magical fruit improves levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
5. Treats Constipation
It is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber in comparison to other fruits and just 1 guava fulfills about 12% of your daily recommended intake of fiber, which makes it extremely beneficial for your digestive health.
Guava seeds, if ingested whole or chewed, serve as excellent laxatives too, helping the formation of healthy bowel movements.
Due to the presence of Vitamin A, guava is well-known as a booster for vision health. It can not only prevent the degradation of eyesight but even improve eyesight. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Even though guavas are not as rich in Vitamin A as carrots, they are still a very good source of the nutrient.
7. Guava During Pregnancy
Guava’s benefits pregnant women too as it contains folic acid, or vitamin B-9, which is recommended for pregnant women since it can help in developing the baby’s nervous system and protect the newborn from neurological disorders.
8. Beats Toothache
Guava leaves have a potent anti-inflammatory action and a powerful antibacterial ability that fights infection and kills germs. Thus, consuming guava leaves works as a fantastic home remedy for toothache. The juice of guava leaves has also been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums, and oral ulcers.
The magnesium present in the fruit is responsible for one of the many benefits of guava which helps to relax the muscles and nerves of the body.
So after a hard workout or a long day at the office, a guava is certainly what you need to relax your muscles, combat stress, and give your system a good energy boost.
10. Good for Your Brain
“Guavas contain vitamin B3 and vitamin B6, also known as niacin and pyridoxine respectively, which help in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function and relaxing the nerves”, remarks Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja.
11. Weight Loss
Guava makes for a very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruits.
12. Cough and Cold
Guava has one of the highest quantities of vitamin-C and iron among fruits, and both are proven to be preventive against cold and viral infections.
The juice of raw and immature guavas or a decoction of guava leaves is very helpful in relieving cough and cold since it helps get rid of mucus and disinfects the respiratory tract, throat, and lungs.
Guavas are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants like carotene and lycopene which help protect the skin from wrinkles. A guava a day keeps fine lines away!
14. Improves Complexion
Guava helps regain the skin’s radiance and freshness. Reap the benefits by preparing a DIY scrub at home: All you have to do is mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it to your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water.
When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. Guavas are also a great source of Vitamin K, which helps get rid of skin discoloration, dark circles, redness, and acne irritation.
15. Improves Texture
Guavas rank high in astringent properties, guava leaves, and unripe guavas even higher. Guava helps tone up and tighten the facial muscles, so apply a decoction of the leaves and fruit on your skin, and you will be surprised at the outcome.
16. May Help Relieve Painful Symptoms of Menstruation
Many women experience dysmenorrhea — painful symptoms of menstruation, such as stomach cramps.
However, there is some evidence that guava leaf extract may reduce the pain intensity of menstrual cramps.
A study in 197 women who experienced painful symptoms found that taking 6 mg of guava leaf extract daily resulted in reduced pain intensity. It appeared to be even more powerful than some painkillers.
Guava leaf extract is also thought to help relieve uterine cramps
Added Health Benefit
When I was still living in my own hometown, there was an elderly Lady who was a gifted healer and everyone in town would call her when someone was sick at home.
She would often be called especially for mothers who were having the babies and to take care of both the babies and the mother after delivery of the babies.
What she would do was massaged the new mother from head to toe for nine consecutive days and she would give her a bath using the water boiled from guava tree bark.
She would at first have the new mother sit on the big bowl with guava tree bark water for about thirty minutes like a hot Sitz bath. It cleanses also the perineum which is the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum. and provides relief from pain or itching in the genital area.
She reasoned out that the new mother had been through a lot while having the baby and her reproductive parts went through a lot too and so her cervix had to be well heated up to avoid any complications further down the road.
The amazing results of what she had done was that those mothers just like my Granny and my Mom and other relatives of mine and others around us was that none of them ever gained any weight at all after having their babies and remained as healthy as can be until they really grew old.
Although guava fruits are grown in tropical areas a lot of stores worldwide are now selling different kinds of guava fruits or guava juices with sugar or no sugar. They are even available in powdered drinks.
Also, guava is available in jams or jellies.
You can buy guava fruit online. So, there’s no need to feel disappointed if you think you didn’t have access to them.
Here on the left side is just an example of what you can buy and drink and it is available in any grocery store anywhere.
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Please let me know your comments below:
1. Have you eaten guava fruits yet?
2. What health benefits have you gained from the guava fruit or guava leaves?
3. What is your experience with a hot Sitz bath using the water boiled from guava tree bark?