You might be missing out on one of the best superfruits available. It’s the guava. Guavas are a tropical fruit native to Mexico and Central and South America. They contain antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, and polyphenols, and they are rich in vitamin A and iron. Guavas are also full of calcium and have 218 mg per 100 grams of vitamin C, which is nearly five times more than an orange.
You can find bottled guava in the baby food aisles, as Gerber produces it, or you can eat it fresh. When you buy it fresh, you can eat the whole fruit—the rind and the seeds have omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated acids. Store them on your shelf, not in the refrigerator, and, if you eat them with their rinds, wash them well with baking soda before. You can also purchase nutritious guava juice in most grocery stores either fresh or frozen. Guava is also available commercially in tablets, capsules, and powders.
Guavas health benefits are numerous. They
- Aid coughs and cold (its juice or leaves)
- Assist in weight loss
- Prevent scurvy
- Promote digestion
- Reduce asthma symptoms
- Reduce blood pressure
- Serve as a natural laxative (eat with the seeds)
- Strengthen the heart
Guavas provide many other benefits. They are low in calories and high fiber. So, if you’re dieting they’re one of the best foods you can eat to fill you up. They also prevent cancer because they are full of lycopene, just like tomatoes, and the juice from the guava leaves can help everything from bacterial infections to toothaches. If you think you need a mini face lift or dermabrasion you might want to try the guava: Use immature guavas and their leaves, and create an astringent decoction that will produce fabulous skin texture, tighten your skin, or eliminate skin problems—such as acne or eczema.
Guavas do even more. Got a sty? You’ve guessed it, guavas will help. Take guava leaves, warm them, and place them on a warm damp cloth. This compress will help reduce the swelling and pain caused by the sty. Guavas also are nature’s tooth whitener, so if you want to prevent your teeth from yellowing, eat guavas regularly, and if you have bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, wounds, or cuts a decoction of guava leaves with cure your problems.
With so many practical health tips for guavas, you might just want to rush right out and buy some today!