What if we tell you that after a long tiring day, you can rely on guava to de-stress you? Yes, guava can definitely release your stress. The magnesium content in this wonder fruit helps combat day-to-day stress by relaxing your muscles and calming you down.
Guava is a common tropical fruit cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. Guava fruits, usually 4 to 12 centimeters (1+1⁄2 to 4+1⁄2 in) long, are round or oval depending on the species. They have a pronounced and typical fragrance, similar to lemon rind but less sharp. The outer skin may be rough, often with a bitter taste, or soft and sweet. Varying between species, the skin can be any thickness, is usually green before maturity, but may be yellow, maroon, or green when ripe. The pulp inside may be sweet or sour and off-white (“white” guavas) to deep pink (“red” guavas). The seeds in the central pulp vary in number and hardness, depending on species.
Guavas are rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C, with moderate levels of folic acid (nutrition table). Low in food energy per typical serving, and with few essential nutrients, a single common guava fruit contains 257% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C (table). Nutrient content varies across guava cultivars. Although the strawberry guava has only 39% of the vitamin C in common varieties, its content in a 100 gram serving (90 mg) still provides 100% of the DV.
Health benefits of Guava
- Taking guava leaf extract with oral rehydration therapy (ORT) doesn’t seem to shorten the duration of diarrhea or reduce pain. But it might help to reduce how often stomach pain occurs.
- Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). Early research shows that taking guava leaf extract might reduce menstrual cramps by a small amount.
- A mild form of gum disease(gingivitis). Rinsing the mouth with guava leaf extract might reduce gum disease in people with gingivitis. But it doesn’t seem to reduce plaque.
- High blood pressure. Early research shows that eating large amounts of guava daily in place of high-fat foods for 12 weeks lowers blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
- Knee pain. Early research shows that taking guava leaf extract may reduce pain and stiffness by a small amount in people with knee pain.
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Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Guava is LIKELY SAFE when eaten as food. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if guava is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts until more is known.
Eczema: Guava leaf extract might make eczema worse. Guava leaf extract contains chemicals that can cause skin irritation, especially in people with skin conditions like eczema. If you have eczema, use guava leaf extract with caution.
Diabetes: Guava might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes and use guava, check your blood sugar carefully.
Surgery: Guava might lower blood sugar. In theory, guava might increase the risk for bleeding or interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using guava as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Guava is rich in most essential nutrients. The fruit is packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It may help in diabetes treatment, protect heart health, boost immunity, and improve digestive health.
Though there are no known side effects of the fruit, talk to your doctor before you consume guava if you have any specific medical condition.
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