Guavas originate from Mexico or Central America and were first distributed to America and the Caribbean region. Afterwards they were adopted in subtropical and tropical Asia, tropical Africa and the Mediterranean coast. Therefore nowadays, they are being cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas, while being traded internationally.
One single fruit of guava contains about 38 calories and the following nutrients: vitamins A, B, C, D, B6, and B12, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron.
It also has to be mentioned that the seeds of guava make guava oil which is abundant in the following acids: lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acid.
The 20 healthy benefits of the guava fruit are the following:
- Eye Care
It is the vitamin A or retinol, which slows down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration, night blindness and prevents degradation of eyesight.
- Regulates thyroid
No matter whether you suffer from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, you should consume the guava fruit and because it is abundant in copper, it will make a perfect balance, by regulating the metabolism, controlling hormone production and absorption.
- Effective Laxative
The main cure for constipation problems is fiber. So, because guava is rich in fiber, it will help you flush out all the waste material from your intestines and excretory system.
- Diabetics Cure
The guava will help sugar be absorbed in your body and also balance the blood sugar levels. It has a potential to prevent and cure Type 2 diabetes.
- Nervous Relaxant
Once you include guava in your diet, you will feel how your muscles or nerves of your body relax more easily. It is because of the abundance of magnesium in it.
- For pregnant mothers
Guavas contain vitamin B9 and Folic acid, which is recommended to pregnant women, for the development of the fetus’s nervous system and also protect the newborn from neurological disorders.
- For fertility
It is yet again the Folic acid which boosts fertility and takes care of the health of your reproductive organs.
- Speeds Absorption
The manganese in guavas will help you absorb biotin, vitamins and minerals better.
- Infection Control
The guava will reduce the mucus which will reduce any coughing or colds which might occur. It helps you disinfect the respiratory tract, throat and lungs, while inhibiting microbial activity.
- Aids Weight Loss
Because it has low calories, tons of fiber, vitamins, proteins and minerals, guavas aid in weight loss. It also has no cholesterol and a few easily digestible carbohydrates.
- Oral Care
It has been shown that guava juice is quite beneficial for curing toothaches, swollen gums and oral ulcers.
- Combats Hair Loss
While giving your hair a healthy shine, guavas also makes it stronger, so any hair loss problems will be solved and even prevented.
- Blood Pressure Stabilizer
It is the potassium in guavas which will give you a balanced blood pressure and also reduce the cholesterol in your blood. It will prevent thickening of your blood and also maintain its fluidity.
Vitamins A, B and C in guavas function as antioxidants and also detoxifiers. The potassium, lycopene and carotene will protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, leaving your skin healthy and wrinkle-free.
- Scurvy Buster
The vitamin C-rich guavas will protect you from scurvy.
- Skin Care
The astringent properties of the guavas will provide you the following benefits: tone your skin, improve elasticity, keep it hydrated and remove blemishes, acne, dark spots, wrinkles, blackheads and pimples.
- Cancer Cure
Yes, you’ve read it right. Guavas are so powerful that they can cure cancer, by protecting your cells from damage and reducing any already formed tumors in your body.
- Immunity Booster
The variety of nutrients in guavas will support and boost your immunity, by defending your body against the free radicals.
- Brain Health
The vitamin B3 and B6 will give you a better blood circulation and therefore at the same time will relax your nerves and stimulate your cognitive function.
- Relieves Diarrhea and Dysentery
Your digestive system will be toned and strengthened by the alkaline astringents in guavas. The vitamin C, carotenoids and potassium will eventually remove the extra mucus of your intestines.