Discover the super powers of this juicy fruit...
Winter and a plateful of guava with chaat masala on it go hand-in-hand. Besides its amazing flavour and fragrance, guava is also known to have loads of health benefits. Read on to know more about this super health fruit… According to Neha Pathania, senior dietician, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, guava is a super fruit, rich in dietary fibre, vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary minerals like potassium, copper and manganese. The fruit is known to have four times the amount of vitamin C in orange, and is very low in calories.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUAVA
It controls blood sugar. Lowers bad cholesterol. Reduces diarrhoea. Improves immunity. Reduces the risk of cancer. Strengthens gums and avoids tooth decay. Treats vomiting. Improves eye sight.
Guava is known to have lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant, which helps treat and combat prostate and breast cancers. Guava pulp also helps prevent the formation of cancerous tumours. Other nutrients in it such as vitamins A and C, flavonoids, beta-carotene and lutein help fight free radical cells which encourage the growth of cancer cells. Being rich in fibre, guava aids in protecting the colon mucous which prevents toxins and cancer-causing cells.
Guava contains high amount of fibre and is hypoglycaemic in nature which helps control cholesterol and blood pressure.
The fibre and roughage present in guava helps treat piles and haemorrhoids. Guava seeds are powerful laxatives that help treat chronic constipation and in cleansing of the digestive system. Since guava clears the intestine, it is also an effective remedy for intestinal laziness.
Low glycaemic index food and foods rich in dietary fibre help in controlling the amount of glucose secreted in the body. Guava fits the bill, and helps control sugar level.
The astringent contents of guava and its leaves are used as a remedy for tooth pain, swollen gums and ulcers.
Vitamins B and C in guava nourish the roots of the hair and make them stronger. Washing hair with water steeped in guava leaves, is effective for hair loss.
Using guava leaves and fruit pulp as a scrub is very beneficial as it contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from sun damage.