A tropical fruit with a distinct flavor and fragrance, guava, is considered as a superfood with various health-improving properties. Easily available everywhere, this fruit is packed with minerals, vitamins, fiber, iron and what not. It contains about 80% of water content thus, making it an ideal pick during summers.
Here are few key health benefits of consuming the superfood guava:
- Lowers risk of cancer
Loaded with antioxidants such as lycopene, quercetin, vitamin C and other polyphenols, it prevents the growth of cancer cells by neutralizing the effect of free radicals generated in the body. As per latest study, guava was found to be successful in reducing prostate cancer risk and prevents the growth of breast cancer cells.
Guava is best known to keep the blood sugar levels in check. With the presence of low glycaemic index and rich fibre content positively affects the glucose blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is advised to regularly eat guava to regulate blood sugar levels in your body.
- Healthy Heart
Consuming guava helps in enhancing the balance of sodium and potassium in the body, regulating blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension. It also helps in lowering triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels ad also good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
- Improves Eyesight
The presence of vitamin A in guava helps in boosting vision health and prevents the degradation of eyesight. It slows down cataracts and macular degeneration, a medical condition that causes blurred or no vision at all. It is recommended to eat three guavas a day during its season to enjoy its maximum benefits.
- Weight Loss
Guava can be consumed as a healthy healing snack, especially for those weight-conscious people. Rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber content, it gives you instant energy boost and satisfies your appetite easily. Guava helps in weight-loss this way and also regulates metabolism. The dietary fibers and antioxidants are useful in muscle regeneration and breaks down complex proteins in the body.
- Beneficial for Brain
Vitamin B3 and B6, also known as niacin and pyridoxine respectively, improves blood circulation to the brain. As a result, it stimulates cognitive function, relaxes the nerves and sharpens our focus. Guava also helps in improving thinking and recall capacity due to the presence of potassium that maintains electrical conductivity of the brain.
- Improves Immunity
Guava is rich in vitamin C and contains 4 times that of oranges. It helps in boosting immunity and protects the body from common infections and pathogens. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep your body disease-free.
- Good for Skin
Rich in vitamin A, C and antioxidants like carotene and lycopene, guava helps in protecting skin from wrinkles and prevents ageing, fine lines and dullness of skin. It also helps in toning the skin and tightens the facial muscles when a decoction of the leaves and fruit is applied topically.