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The Goodness of Guavas

Updated on February 21, 2016

Guavas are better known in our country by the name 'peru' or 'amrood'. Although their outer texture is rough, these fruits have a smooth flesh inside along with a unique fragrance and flavor. We all have enjoyed peru sprinkled with chaat masala. The fruit is light green or yellow in color and has hard round tiny seeds within which are edible. The color of the flesh varies from white or light pink to red.

  • Guavas are rich in nutrients and vitamin C that is beneficial for the skin.

  • Manganese which helps the body to absorb other essential minerals is present in guavas.

  • Folate present in them helps promote fertility.

  • Potassium help to normalize and regulate blood pressure. The amount of potassium in bananas and guavas is almost the same.

  • Guavas are heavy in consistency yet they are 80% of water. This property of guavas helps you remain hydrated when you consume them.

Below are a few more benefits of this humble fruit:

For Health

Boosts immunity: Guavas have four times more vitamin C content than oranges. Vitamin C protects you against common infections thereby improving your immune system.

Lowers the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer: Due to their rich fiber content, guavas prevent the development of diabetes along with regulating sugar level in the body. Guavas also improve the level of good cholesterol (HDL). Antioxidants present in guavas neutralize free radicals thus preventing the growth of cancer cells.

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Treats constipation: Fiber is essential for a good digestive tract and smooth bowel movement. Guavas have plenty of fiber in them.

Good for eyesight and toothache: Guavas are a source of vitamin A which improves vision and slows down cataracts and other related eye problems. The anti-inflammatory properties in guava make it beneficial in curing toothaches, oral ulcers, and swollen gums.

For Skin

Improves skin complexion and texture: Take some flesh out of guava and directly apply it to your face. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Continue doing this once a week for a month. Vitamin K in guavas helps prevent discoloration and dark circles making the skin radiant and fresh.

Fights against anti-ageing: Antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A in guavas reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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