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Guava: The Wonder Healer

Updated on February 24, 2013

We are so used to seeing guava trees scattered in almost every part of the country that we don't appreciate this tropical fruit anymore. Other countries have already seen the potential of this fruit. The Colombian government launched a guava research and improvement program to find out more about this gregarious plant. Brazil also has a very modern guava industry, making jelly and fruit juice. Some countries also make guava-flavored ice cream. Lucky for them because what some of us don't realize, guava has the highest concentration of Vitamin C compared to any other common fruit sources of Vitamin C.

VITAMIN C FRUITS and ASCORBIC ACID CONTENT (mg)

  • Guava (Psidium guajava), red165
  • Guava, white127
  • Longan (Dimocarpus longan) 84
  • Papaya (Carica papaya), medium ripe 81
  • Papaya, ripe 74
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis) 70
  • Calamansi (Citrus microcarpa) 45
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) 34

The skin of the guava contains ascorbic acid. It's also found in the flesh and central pulp in varying degrees. The seeds contain 14% of aromatic oil, 15% of protein and 13% starch.

The leaves contain tannin (this is any group of naturally occuring compounds that precipitate proteins and is used to convert hide into leather) and also possess some essential oils. In some parts of Southeast Asia, the leaves are used to give a black color to cotton and serves as dye matting. The guava leaf can also be used as an antiseptic and an astringent. Moreover, the bark of the guava tree contains tannin, crystals of calcium oxalate and starch.

The guava tree itself is very useful because almost every part of it can be used as a home remedy. The roots, barks, leaves and young guava fruits, because of their acidity, are commonly used to halt gastroenteritis, diarrhea and dysentery. Crushed leaves may be applied on wounds, ulcers and rheumatic places. Also, leaves are chewed to relieve toothache. A leaf decoction is taken as a remedy for cough, throat and chest ailments. It is also gargled to relieve oral ulcers and inflamed gums. It has been effective in halting vomiting and diarrhea in cholera patients. Eating the fruit or washing the skin with decoction of immature fruit and leaves helps improve skin texture and avoids skin problems. The fruit is used to threat diabetes and asthma too. While the bark can be used to cure chronic diarrhea in children.

With this many amazing medicinal uses of guava, it's one of the cheapest alternative medicine available in many tropical countries. Guava is a cheaper alternative to soaring costs of medicines. It is truly a nature's wonder gift.


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      Varrie 5 years ago from Iligan City, PHIL

      WOOOW! I love this guava..this guava with the red meat!

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Varrie! Red guava is tasty and has a lot of ascorbic acid than any other fruits.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      First time seeing the red one, here in our places only white one is available. Anyway happy to know the useful properties of Guava. Rated up and useful.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you dinkan53 for taking time to read, very much appreciated!

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      Miss Fiji 5 years ago from USA

      I grew up around all the tropical fruits and vegetables in the Fiji Is. I love guavas and it grew in abundance everywhere, so I ate a lot of them daily. I want some now,just by looking at these pics.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      Fiji island has abundant tropical fruits and guava is one of them. You're right when you written in your hub that there are many natural food, fruits, and vegetables that will help us get rid of the free radicals and reverse the damage if we eat enough of those and one of them is guava. You're lucky that you live in a beautiful and blessed Fiji island. Thanks!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      This is so lovely to read. It's a looooong time since I've eaten a Guava. I love them, but didn't really know the exact benefits/qualities they had.... except that fruits are good for the body.

      Thanks.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks a lot Lady_E for taking time to read this hub! It's a pleasure that you found it lovely! Guava is a good source of Vitamin C.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      This was interesting. Too bad the tree doesn't grow here.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Really thanks for this informative hub sunasia22, I love guava and am so blessed to have the fruits grown in my area...after reading this hub of yours, feel like going to have a bite on them again...

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      @ Barbara Kay, Thanks for taking time to read. I'm sure you've got also some fruits rich in Vitamin C in your place.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      @ Injured Lamb. Thank you so much for that wonderful comment. I'm glad to know that you've got guava tree grown in your area.

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      lorenmurcia 5 years ago

      Every time I go to a supermarket, I always try to include guava in my list. It is so nutritious and a good natural source of vitamin C. Back then in the province, we would just climb a tree or use a "panungkit" in order to get them. The process of obtaining the fruit makes it more delicious to eat, if you know what I mean.

      Very informative hub.

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      I know what you mean loren, haha... We're very lucky we've got plenty of these trees in our own backyard or in our neighbors' backyard. We tend to neglect this fruit when we were still young because of its abundancy, we never knew that this wonderful fruit gives us plenty of health benefits. Thank you for stopping by. Nice meeting you kabayan.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Well written Hub. Thank you for writing about my favorite fruit.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I don't think that I have ever eaten a fresh guava. Will have to look for some and try it. I had no idea that the Vitamin C content was that high! Thanks for all of this interesting information. Voted up, useful and interesting and welcome to HubPages!

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      sunasia22 5 years ago from Philippines

      @ vnsatakopan, glad to know that guava is your favorite fruit.Thanks.

      @ Peggy W, Thank you for dropping by. You've got to try it, it's a delicious fruit with a lot of health benefits.

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      Sunita-Sharma 5 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      Indeed Guava is Mother Nature's wonder gift to us and we all should be aware of its healthy benefits.Interesting hub...voted up!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      This time of the year my guava trees are rich with little fruits. I can't wait to get them ripe.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I love guavas. I did not know that it has a lot of vitamin C and it has a lot of health benefits. I have a guava tree behind my house and I can´t eat them all. They just fall on the ground due to ripeness. Thanks for this hub. I ´ll make my own guava jelly in a few days. Thanks for sharing.

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      sunasia22 4 years ago from Philippines

      Yes Thelma, many don't know that a simple fruit like guava has many health benefits to our body. Fruit like guava is often neglected in the backyard, because of its abundance. Instead of letting them to be wasted, try making a guava jelly.

      Thank you so much for taking time to read and drop a comment to this hub and finding it useful.

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