Botanical Name: Psidium Guavaja
Guava is very common fruit in Asian countries. The fruits are available in round, oval or pear shaped, it ranges from the size of a large cherry to that of a pear or apple.
The fruit is dark green and hard when unripe and becomes soft to touch when ripe; the color also changes from dark green to a little yellowish green or with a tinge of pink. Most contain lots of small seeds but there are also seedless guavas.
Uses of Guava: Guava is consumed as fresh fruit; you can also make it into guava juice, guava sauce, seasoning for food, guava jam, chutney and pickle.
Health Benefits of Guava Fruits:
- Unripe guava fruit when eaten can help control diarrhea, vomiting and to expel intestinal worms.
- Rich in dietary fiber, which is beneficial in cleaning the intestine, aiding digestion and lessening the risk of developing colon cancer.
- Fresh guava juice is helpful in providing relief in cough and cold. This is because it helps to loosen cough, reduce mucus, disinfects the entire respiratory tract, lungs and throat.
- Guava can reduce blood cholesterol and help prevent the thickening of blood, thus reducing blood pressure
- Guava juice is beneficial for men because it helps in maintaining a healthy prostate; it also increases sperm production when consume on regular basis.
- Help improve the texture and health of the skin; it is effective in tightening loose and saggy skin.
- Guava juice helps with dengue fever and malaria because it helps to purify and nourish the blood.
Nutrient Content of Guava Fruit: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 250 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .07 mg.; Riboflavin .04 mg.; Niacin: 1.2 mg.
- Vitamin C: 302 mg.
- Calcium: 30 mg.
- Iron: .7 mg.
- Phosphorus: 29 mg.
- Fat: .6 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 17.1 gm.
- Protein: 1.0 gm.
- Calories: 70
“This post was originally published on January 8, 2012 @ 22:47”