Guava the humble superfruit is called ‘Amrood‘ in Hindi and Peyara in Bengali.
Being hard and full of small seeds make this, a not so popular fruit.But its benefits are tremendous ,when you compare it to its non-fancy price.Unlike other superfruits, the Guava is rarely ever in the limelight.Like my friend Deepa , says #stayhumble even when you are saving the world.
Did you know, the fruit, as well as its leaf extract, has been found to have a favourable effect on blood sugar?It contains more Vitamin C than oranges and is packed full of disease-fighting antioxidants.
What are the Micronutrients in Guava?
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B-6
- Antioxidant polyphenols
Antioxidant dietary fiber : What about it?
It also has a unique Antioxidant dietary fiber.The peel as well as the pulp has the properties of dietary fiber and antioxidants. Pulp and peel when tested, both had high content of dietary fiber (48.55-49.42%) and extractable polyphenols (2.62-7.79%).(1)
Can guava fruit intake decrease blood pressure and blood lipids?
A high concentration of potassium has a role to play in helping regulate blood pressure.The impressive amount of dietary fibers helps reduce the bad lipids.( 2)
Blood glucose regulation
Guava helps regulate blood sugar, and fights insulin resistance (3)of type 2 diabetes. But that’s not all.
Childhood obesity and Guava
Childhood obesity is on the rise,this has a lot to do with high salt , high sugar processed food intake, during early years of development.The horrible see-sawing weight, alteration of glucose metabolism, impaired glucose tolerance, frank type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver, cardiovascular problems, all are precursors of Syndrome X.
There is a strong correlation between childhood intake of high fructose diet(read processed ,packaged food) and these problems.Not only guava has a beneficial role in diabetes , it has now been shown to have a potential role in managing the lifelong complications developing because of the high fructose diet of childhood (4 5 ,6 7)
Keeps your skin healthy
It helps keep your skin healthy, through the antioxidant effect of vitamin A, C and polyphenols, but also by a possible antibacterial effect.It prevents growth of gram-positive bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus which can cause skin infections .(8)
Guavas contain 4 times the vitamin C content present in oranges.Vitamin C and antioxidants present in guava helps boost immunity, fight oxidative stress, prevent ageing, make your skIn healthy.
Guavas help prevent insulin resistance , improve blood sugar control, is heart friendly and is great for your digestion.What’s not to love about this super humble superfruit?
Have you eaten a Guava?Which one of these Guava superpowers, did you know about ? Comment below to let me know about any other Guava power .