Guava is a sweet and delicious fruit cultivated in the tropical climates. This seasonal fruit, scientifically known as Psidium Guajava, is round or pear-shaped and is light green, yellow or maroon in color when it ripens. It has a white or maroon flesh, depending on its type, and has small hard seeds enveloped in its soft, sweet pulp. The common types of guava include apple guava, yellow-fruited cherry guava, strawberry guava, and red apple guava. It is mostly eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or consumed in the form of juice, jams, and jellies. Lets mynutrisi talk about the benefits of guava.
Benefits of Guava Despite of Its Yummy Taste
The guava is low in calories and fat but contains some essential vitamins and minerals. There are also polyphenolic and flavonoid antioxidants, which play an important role in the prevention of cancer, anti-aging, immune booster and other.
Rich Source of Fiber The guava is a very rich source of soluble fiber (5.4 g per 100 g of fruit, about 14% of the DRA), which makes it a good natural laxative. Fiber content in the guava helps protect the mucous membrane of the colon by reducing exposure to toxins as well as cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
High in Antioxidant Guava is the best source of antioxidant vitamin-C. 100 g fresh fruits provide 228 mg of this vitamin, more than three times the recommended daily intake. The outer thick skin contains a very high level of vitamin C from the pulp center.
Source of various Vitamin and Collagen Scientific research shows that the common intake of vitamins C rich fruits helps the body against infectious agents that collect cancer and cause harmful free radicals from the body. In addition, vitamins are essential for synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen is the primary protein structure in the human body that is needed to maintain the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.
The guava fruit is a source of Vitamins -A, and flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and cryptoxanthin. This compound is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for optimum health. In addition, vitamin A is also needed to maintain a healthy mucous membrane on the skin. The intake of natural fruits rich in carotene is known to protect against lung cancer and oral cavity.
100 g of pink guava provides 5204 μg lycopene, almost twice the amount in tomatoes. (100 g of tomato contains 2,573 μg lycopene). Studies show that lycopene in pink guava prevent skin damage from UV rays and offers protection against prostate cancer.
Provide Potassium and Vitamin B to the body Fresh guava is a very rich source of potassium. It contains more potassium per weight than other fruits such as banana. Potassium is an important component in cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pressure.
In addition, guavas are also a simple source of complex B vitamins such as Pantothenic acid, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin E and K and minerals such as magnesium, copper, and manganese. Mangan is used by the body as a joint factor for the antioxidant, superoxide dismutase enzyme. Copper is an indispensable element for the production of red blood cells.
So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets take a some guava for your health.
How to Make the Best Homemade Guava Juice
When the weather is so hot, a cold drink would be a love of many. Just like in hot weather country, guava juice reminds me of Yemen and the fresh juice stands where they sell this kind of juice and all others, such as lemon and mango. This is the best Guava Juice recipe that can be try by anyone by Sheba Yemeni Food
Special Recipes of Delicious Guava Juice :
- 3 ripe guavas, pink or red
- sugar to taste (1/4 cup)
- 4 cups cold water
1. Peel the guavas and chop them up into medium size pieces.
2. Place the guava, sugar and water in a blender and blend well.
3. Then run the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Serve and enjoy.