Fall is the season for guavas , a delicious fruit with a smooth, fruity flavor. Not only is it delicious, but it also has some important health benefits that might surprise you.
1. Immune Booster
Flu season is around the corner and vitamin C is one of the biggest immune boosters. Believe it or not, guava has 4 times the amount of vitamin C than an orange, about 377 mg. This means if you juiced 3 of them you would have over 1,100 mg, more than the vitamin C boosting products on the market. So, if you are feeling a little run down, grab a guava- the natural Emergen-C .
2. Weight Loss
Don’t wait until spring to start thinking of your summer body! Start now and guava can help jump start the process. First, it is high in dietary fiber, but low in sugars, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. This means it is a filling, guilt-free snack. Beyond being the perfect snack, it contains copper , which is important in regulating the metabolism by helping to control hormone production and absorption aiding the thyroid.
3. Digestive Disorders
If you’re tummy is feeling a little funny, then guava is the answer. The astringent properties help reduce the symptoms of diarrhea and even dysentery while acting as an anti-bacterial and disinfectant. These properties are also useful in aiding gastroenteritis. On the other hand, the high fiber content helps with constipation, and if you eat the seeds, it will act as a natural laxative.
4. Skin Care
The astringent properties not only help your stomach, but your skin as well. Astringents remove excess dirt and bacteria from the skin and shrink pores. (It has been suggested that unripened fruit or leaves works best as an astringent.) Guavas also contain twice the amount of lycopene of a tomato. Lycopene has many benefits including preventing skin damage from UV rays. Who doesn’t want to have healthy, glowing skin?
5. Brain Health
Eat to get smarter! Guavas are full of vitamin B3 (niacin) and B6. This means that eating a guava will increase blood flow, stimulate cognitive function (reasoning, memory, attention, and language), improve concentration, and help and relax nerve function.
Eat guavas and get smarter, thinner, healthier, and have better skin. Basically, a win-win situation!