The Guava fruit, as one of the wonders of nature, is a common tropical fruit that’s cultivated and enjoyed in many tropical and subtropical regions. The exact origin is not known, however researchers believe Psidium guajava, the most commonly grown guava, is a small tree in the Myrtle family, Myrtaceae, native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
They are a delicious fruit. However some species can be a bit sour. Guava fruits are cultivated as a source of food (fruits) and its leaves for decorative purposes.Moreso, it has been said to have some health benefits.
SOME HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUAVA
- Guava is often labeled as a “super fruit”. called super-fruit because it has many vitamins and minerals but low fat and calories. This indicates that the Guava fruit can help weight loss. According to research, It has 4 times more vitamin C than an orange, 3 times more proteins and 4 times more fiber than a pineapple, 2 times more lycopene than a tomato and slightly more potassium than a banana. Vitamin C plays a very important role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Since Guava boasts of 4 times more vitamin C than an orange, it is a fruit to be added to your diet regularly.
- The presence of magnesium in the fruit makes guava a good stress buster. It also boosts energy. When next you feel tired, you might want to try out this stress buster of a fruit.
- Guavas are perennial plants. An average guava can take between 2 and 8 years to grow fully, however, it produces twice in a year, and water makes up to approximately 80% of the content of guavas, which makes it a great means of hydration. When next you feel dehydrated, you might want to consider guava as one of your options.
- Guava leaf extracts are known to be beneficial to a number of digestive problems. According to research, they may reduce the magnitude and length of time of diarrhea. Also, tea made out of guava leaves is used to treat flu, fever and dysentery.
- People traditionally make use of guava leaves as an herbal remedy for menstrual cramps and other disorders of the female reproductive system. Guava leaves have been shown to decrease menstrual pain in women
- the antioxidants properties in guava may help lower blood pressure by helping to expand the blood vessels
Guava leaves can also be taken as a dietary supplement. Generally, Guava fruit and its leaves may help your heart health, immune system, digestion and many more.