Benefits of Guava Fruit
The Guava fruit is very commonly found in India. Like mango, this fruit too has its own variety in every city. For instance Anakapalli, Allahabad, Lucknow, Beneras, Nagpur etc have their own varieties of guavas. In Northern India, Allahabad guavas are very famous for their sweetness. This is the only fruit that comes to my mind that at a very low price gives the richest of the nutrients. This green and delicious fruit is rich in many nutrients and packs many antioxidants with every bite. Though it is available almost through out the year, the best fruits are available during the winter months. Guava is very rich in vitamin A, B and C but guava is not advisable for blood sugar patients. The sugar levels are found to be very high in the peel extract, according to a study conducted on rats by Allahabad scientists. However, sugar patients can enjoy the fruit with skin removed. Guavas contain highest vitamin C source beating out all the citrus fruits. It is also an excellent source of iron, calcium and phosphorus. Following are the health benefits of guava fruit:-
■ Guava is helpful in curing diarrhea in children. Crush guava leaves and extract about two spoons juice and then add two spoons honey to it. And give two hourly to children to get relief from diarrhea, you can also preserve the powder of dry leaves and can give the powder to the children along with honey.
■ Guava can prevent alcoholics from taking alcohol. If two spoons of extract of the guava leaves is added to their alcohol, they will vomit and if the process is repeated two, three times, they will develop an aversion to alcohol.
■ Daily consumption of one guava fruit will give relief from constipation. It is very rich in fiber content and its seeds, if chewed serve as excellent laxatives. Fiber and seeds together helps the bowels to retain water and cleans intestines thoroughly. It is said that constipation leads to seventy-two types of ailments. Every way to your total health goes through proper digestion and more importantly, proper excretion. Guava ensures both these.
■ Guava helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents from thickening of blood and thereby helps in maintaining blood pressure.
■ Adding ½ spoon of caster oil to one cup of guava juice and consuming for 40 days can help get rid of all kinds of skin allergies.
■ Guava can help kill the bacteria, fungi and amoeba in the body.
■ Guava is also beneficial in preventing gastroenteritis.
■ Lycopene, a compound present in the fruit reduces the risk of cancer if consumed regularly.
■ Take few guava leaves and boil them in water till the water is reduced to half. Gargle when the water becomes luke warm to get relief from toothache or any other oral problems. Repeat the process two or three times. Do not throw the leaves until the water is completely used.
■ Guava also helps to solve the skin problems. They improve the skin texture. This is due to astringents present in the fruit and its leaves. One can get the benefit either by eating the fruit or by washing the skin with the decoction of its leaves or raw guavas. This will help tighten the loosened skin. Guava is very rich in vitamin A, B, C and potassium. These are very good antioxidants and keep the skin glowing, free from ageing and wrinkles.
■ Guavas help stimulate brain function and promote blood flow. They contain vitamin B3 and B6 an essential nutrient for brain and nerve function.
■ Guavas are a good source of vitamin A, which is helpful in preserving and improving eyesight.
■ Crushed guava leaves applied over the wounds and sores speeds up the healing process and help to relieve pain. Even arthritis pain is relieved, when this paste is applied over the affected area.
Guavas are savored along with salt and pepper. Jams, jellies, marmalades, juices are prepared from guavas.
By N Suguna