Top 10 healthy reasons to eat guavas this season

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Did you know guavas are one of the richest sources of vitamin C? Find out all other nutrients packed in these super fruits! Packed with a myriad of hard, tiny seeds at the centre, guavas, popularly called amrood, are seasonal, tropical fruits that are widely sold in local Indian markets. Apart from their distinctive flavour and lovely intense aroma, guavas are also known for their nutrition and multiple health benefits. Here are top 10 you need to know.

Guavas are one of the richest sources of vitamin C, containing four times the vitamin C content present in oranges. A single, medium-sized guava offers two times the daily requirement of vitamin C, a vitamin that is closely associated with improved immunity and protecting you against common infections and pathogens. The role of guavas in immunity is also attributed to its anti-inflammatory action and its ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules like prostaglandins released in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

The anti-cancer or anti-tumour property of guavas has been linked to presence of compounds including lycopene, quercitin, vitamin C and various polyphenols present in them [1]. These compounds acts as potent antioxidants that neutralise free radicals generated in the body, which can trigger cancerous growth. There is strong evidence demonstrating the potential of guava extract in preventing cancer of the prostate, breast, skin, colon and lungs.

The anti-diabetic effect of guavas has been mentioned long back in Chinese medicine. A study published in Am J Chin Med showed that 1 g/kg guava juice significantly reduced sugar levels in diabetic patients. The study suggested that guavas improve as well as prevent the development of diabetes. Apart from the insulin-like activity that guavas possess, their rich fibre content and low glycaemic index makes them extremely good for diabetic patients as well. While fibre content ensures the sugar levels are well regulated, low glycemic index inhibits a sudden spike in sugar levels.

Free radical damage to the skin can trigger wrinkle formation and early ageing. Guavas being rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and antioxidants like lycopene and carotene helps protects your skin from wrinkles and fine lines, thus making you look younger. Old-age is a certainty in everyone’s life, and eating a guava every day can at least prolong the process. READ MORE…

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