The seasonal fruit that is believed to originate in the tropical regions of Mexico or Central America - Guava has become popular all over Asia, especially after its health benefits have been revealed. Popularly known as one of the ‘superfruit’, it is had with lip-smacking chaat masala in winters, and has been converted into sweet-smelling murabbas, jams and jellies by our mothers and grand-mothers. Loaded with hard, edible seeds in the centre, it is a powerhouse of nutrients, dietary fibres, minerals and is rich in vitamin C, manganese, potassium, folate and of course, water that helps in hydration.
The fruit also has a long shelf life among all fruits. Guava fruit juice health benefits include helping cure diarrhoea, constipation, aiding in weight loss, regulating blood pressure and in preventing cancer.
This superfruit can be consumed raw, and in juice form, as juicing also retains the numerous benefits it has to offer. Some of them are:
Vitamin C, lycopene, quercetin and other polyphenols are some of the antioxidants present in the fruit that helps in neutralising free radicals and prevent the risk of growth of cancerous cells. Numerous studies have been conducted on the fruit’s effect on breast, oral and prostate cancers, proving that consumption of guava juice benefits the body and slows down the growth of cancerous cells.
Guavas contain a high level of dietary fibre which helps in lowering blood glucose levels, therefore beneficial for people who have diabetes. The low glycemic index which obstructs a sudden spike in sugar levels, making the fruit and drink, a perfect one for people with diabetes or people hailing from families that have diabetes.
With its copious amounts of fibre, guavas fulfil around 12% of the daily intake of fibre, proving that it deserves to be called a superfruit. Seeds of the fruit also have medicinal properties that help in regular and healthy bowel movements. The water content of the fruit is high, therefore the guava fruit juice benefits the body by acting as a cleansing agent and aids in cleaning of the intestines.
The vitamin A present in guavas boosts better vision and prevents deterioration of eyesight. Guavas are also known to slow down the progression of cataracts and macular degeneration, improving the overall health of the eyes.
Since it is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, guava juice benefits the skin and protects it from wrinkles and helps the skin in regaining its radiance. The fruit also ranks high on the charts in astringent properties that helps tighten and tone the facial muscles, making the skin look younger and free of dermal disorders.
Frequent consumption of this superfruit will have you feeling and looking your best!