Guava is a tropical fruit with potent medicinal properties. Its fruits are round, ovoid or pear-shaped, with a crunchy texture, and edible rind and seeds. They can be white, pink, yellow and even red.
This fruit has an impressive nutritional profile, and one of the most interesting facts is that it contains four times more vitamin C than an average-sized orange, and ten times more vitamin A than a lemon!
Its high vitamin C content makes it a potent natural way to fight free radicals and oxidation, that are the main causes of degenerative diseases.
Additionally, guava is a rich source of vitamins B2 and E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, folate, iron, manganese, phosphorus and potassium, and an excellent source of fiber. In fact, it contains 70 times more fiber than oranges.
Guava offers a plethora of health benefits, including:
1. The high vitamin C content strengthens the immune system, fights disease-causing pathogens, and prevents damage to the cells;
2. The vitamin C in guava improves the absorption of vitamin E and thus lowers oxidation of the LDL cholesterol and increases the (good) HDL cholesterol levels;
3. It is rich in sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus and supports bone health;
4. It treats anemia since it helps the absorption of iron and provides incredibly high amounts of vitamin C;
5. Guavas are rich in fiber which helps digestion and eases bowel movements and treats digestive infections, diarrhea, and diverticulitis
6. Guavas are high in potassium and dietary fiber that lower bad cholesterol and thus prevent heart disease;
7. The antioxidant properties of guava prevent skin damage and delay premature aging, while vitamins A and C enhances skin health, elasticity, and firmness;
8. Guavas are high in carotenoids which improve vision and eye health and prevent the development of cataracts and macular degeneration;
9. It has powerful antioxidant properties that lower the risk of stomach, esophagus, larynx, oral cavity and pancreas cancers, while the lycopene in its content reduces the risk of breast cancer;
You can eat guavas raw, juice them, or cut them into bite size and dip them in prune powder.
Here are some other guava recipe ideas that you might find interesting:
-- Since guavas are very sweet, you can make glazes and marinades
-- Make guava jello is popular with parents, or sauté the fruit to make a warm caramelized syrup for your pancakes or waffles
-- You can make guava jelly and jam
-- You can use boil guava slices until very tender and add them to a variety of cakes, desserts and fruit salads.
-- Juice guavas and add that juice to barbecue sauce or cocktails
-- The guava fruit is complemented well by savory flavors, so you can add guavas in meat dishes as a sweet side
And then, just enjoy these delicious and nutritious fruits!