Do you know about guava yet? Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t. This tropical fruit is packed with good-for-you vitamins and nutrients and is certainly worth adding to your diet. But in some places it can be hard to come by, and perhaps that’s why it doesn’t get a lot of airtime in the nutrition world.
But the guava really deserves our undivided attention! Those in the know look upon guava as something of a superfood. This juiceable, nutritionally-dense fruit fits right in the palm of your hand and is most often round or pear-shaped. They come in a variety of colors: red, yellow, pink, and white. Filled with teeny tiny seeds that give them loads of crunch, the rind of a guava is edible too. Not everyone can appreciate the rind and seeds, however, so some people prefer to drink guava juice.
Most of us think of the orange as a go-to Vitamin C source, and we’re not necessarily wrong. But a guava has a whopping four times more Vitamin C than what is found in an average orange! Not only that, it has almost 70 times more fiber than you’d find in that same orange.
Not to be a showoff, but it has ten times more Vitamin A than a lemon has.
Other important nutrients the guava has are vitamins B2 and E, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, folate, iron, phosphorus, and manganese. OK, maybe it is showing off just a little.
Thanks to the high Vitamin C content in guava, this fruit is a destroyer of free radicals and oxidation. This massive Vitamin C boost is key to preventing disease and long-term cellular damage.
Guava is a wonderful fruit for individuals who have anemia that may be caused by a Vitamin C deficiency. It also helps the body facilitate the absorption of iron, which is important for people with anemia.
The antioxidant quality that guavas possess is thought to help reduce the risk of certain cancers of the stomach, esophagus, oral cavity, and more. The pink variety of guava is rich in lycopene which is a strong and effective antioxidant.
Rich in the right balance of sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus, guava even helps build strong, healthy bones.
The fiber in the guava fruit promotes healthy digestion and elimination. Thanks to its antimicrobial and antispasmodic properties, guava may be used to treat diarrhea and bring balance to the gut bacteria.
Eating guava or drinking guava juice regularly helps keep your heart healthy. With high fiber and potassium, guava can help you wave bye-bye to bad cholesterol.
That massive Vitamin C content helps protect your body’s cells from damage, boost immunity, and win against disease-causing pathogens too. If you’re fighting a cold, there’s nothing like fresh-squeezed guava juice to help give it the heave-ho.
As with most fruits that have high antioxidant content, guava helps you glow from within. Protecting your skin from environmental damage and premature aging too, Vitamins A and C both enhance your skin’s clarity, firmness and elasticity.
Is there anything this incredible fruit can’t do for you? It’s a solid addition to any diet, and if you see it in your local supermarket, be sure to grab a few!
Considering supplementing your vitamin C?
Research shows that taking this one vitamin has the potential to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections as well as supporting the fight against chronic diseases.
Yup not only that but add Magnesium to the mix and you have just tapped into the dynamic-duo of immune support.
As someone who lives with MS, I have to be extra careful right now and that includes ensuring that my immune system is fortified. My protocol includes daily Vitamin C, Vitamin D3+K2 all fortified with Magnesium along with tons of fruits and vegetables.
The world is changing fast and now more than ever we all need to focus on immune health through proper diet, exercise, stress management, and supplementation.