The Magic Fruit — Why They’re Super
(roughly the size of a medium apple) contains around 40 calories and is chock full of antioxidants and vitamins.Guava is one of the richest fruit-based sources of vitamin C, with each fruit providing 209 percent of the recommended daily amount — beating out even oranges. These sweet and tangy fruits also contain healthy doses of vitamin A, copper, manganese, and (essential for producing new cells and keeping them healthy). Guava even contains more than an equal serving of .And guavas get an A+ in fill-up factor, since they’re made up of dietary fiber. suggested that out of all fruits, guava contains the most , which can help prevent the development of chronic diseases.
But this fruit isn’t just a nutritional powerhouse. Guava's include healing wounds, cuts, ulcers, and boils, toothaches, oral ulcers, inflamed gums, throat and chest pains, diarrhea, and epilepsy (typically with the leaves of the plant) — and modern studies have shown many of these cures uses aren't just folklorePhytochemical investigation and antimicrobial activity of Psidium guajava L. leaves. Metwally, A.M., Omar, A.A., Harraz, F.M., et al. Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. Pharmacognosy Magazine, 2010 Jul-Sep;6(23):212-218.Newer insights into the mechanism of action of Psidium guajava L. leaves in infectious diarrhea. Birdi, T., Daswani, P., Brijesh, S., et al. The Foundation for Medical Research, 84A, RG Thadani Marg, Worli, Mumbai 200018, Maharashtra, India. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2010 Jun 28;10:33.Antidiarrhoeal activity of Psidium guajava Linn. (Myrtaceae) leaf aqueous extract in rodents. Ojewole, J.A., Awe, E.O., Chiwororo, W.D. Department of Pharmacology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, 2008 Dec;44(6):195-207.. And forget the antibacterial spray — studies have shown that guava leaf extracts have antimicrobial properties to defend against bacteria that commonly cause skin or soft tissue infections. Some research also suggests guava can help ward off type 2 diabetes by lowering glucose levels in the bloodEffect of guava (Psidium guajava Linn.) leaf soluble solids on glucose metabolism in type 2 diabetic rats. Shen, S.C., Cheng, F.C., Wu, N.J. Department of Medical Nutrition, I-Shou University, No.1, Sec.1, Syuecheng Road, Dashu Township, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan. Phytotherapy Research: PTR, 2008 Nov;22(11):1458-64.Consumption of guava (Psidium guajava L) and noni (Morinda citrifolia L) may protect betel quid-chewing Papua New Guineans against diabetes. Owen, P.L., Martineau, L.C., Caves, D., et al. School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, Quebec, Canada. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008;17(4):635-43.Hypolipidaemic &hepatoprotectiveeffectsofPsidiumguajavarawfruitpeelinexperimentaldiabetes.Rai,P.K.,Mehta,S.,Watal,G.DepartmentofChemistry,UniversityofAllahabad,Allahabad,India.TheIndianJournalofMedicalResearch,2010Jun;131:820-4..Butthismightbegoodfornon-diabeticstoo,sincecanleadtofeelingsoffatigueandweakness.
Guava Guide — Your Action Plan
When trolling the grocery store aisles, that’s firm but gives to gentle pressure (much like a ripe pear), and store in the fridge for up to one week (we bet it won't last oneday).
Don’t be afraid of this nutritional powerhouse — just dig right in! , from the skin to the seeds, since it’s all edible and nutritious. The skinalone,which is usually light green to yellow in color, has more vitamin C than the flesh of an orange. Don’t play a game of — look for guava in South American grocery stores or in some higher-end supermarkets. They’re usually sold quite firm, so be sure to ripen at room temperature for a few days before using.
Too much of a good thing? Not really! While too much potassium can be toxic, it’s highly unlikely that someone could eat enough guavas to experience the symptoms (we’re talkin’ 15 fruits per day). So go ahead and fill up that belly — this superfood is Greatist approved.
Superfood Recipe: Guavaritas
8 ounces Guava nectar (or juice/puree your own!)
4 ounces tequila
What To Do:
- Juice three of the limes (ending up with about 3 tablespoons juice).
- Thinly slice the last lime in round slices. Set aside. (For garnish.)
- Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (with a few cubes of ice) until well mixed.
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