Health benefits of guava fruit
- Guavas are low in calories and fats but contain several vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidant poly-phenolic and flavonoid compounds that play role in prevention of cancers, anti-aging, immune booster etc.
- The fruit is very rich source of soluble dietary fiber (5.4 g per 100 g of fruit, about 14% of DRA), which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxins as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
- Fresh guava-fruit is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C; provides more than three times the DRI (daily recommended intake). Outer thick rind contains exceptionally higher levels of vitamin C than central pulp. Scientific studies shown that regular consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge cancer causing harmful free radicals from the body.
- Vitamin C is essential for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.
- It is also a very good source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta carotene, lycopene, lutein and cryptoxanthin. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for optimum health. Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotene's known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Suudies suggest that lycopene in pink guavas prevents skin damage from UV rays and offers protection from prostate cancer.
- Fresh fruit is a very rich source of potassium; contains more potassium than banana per 100 g of fruit weight. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin E and K, and minerals like magnesium, copper and manganese. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.
See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients: Guava (Psidium guajava), fresh, Nutritive Value per 100 g. (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base) Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA Energy 68 Kcal 3.5% Carbohydrates 14.3 g 11.5% Protein 2.55 g 5% Total Fat 0.95 g 3% Cholesterol 0 mg 0% Dietary Fiber 5.4 g 14% Vitamins Folates 49 mcg 12.5% Niacin 1.084 mg 7% Pantothenic acid 0.451 mg 9% Pyridoxine 0.110 mg 8.5% Riboflavin 0.040 mg 3% Thiamin 0.067 mg 5.5% Vitamin A 624 IU 21% Vitamin C 228 mg 396% Vitamin E 0.73 mg 5% Vitamin K 2.6 mcg 2% Electrolytes Sodium 2 mg 0% Potassium 417 mg 9% Minerals Calcium 18 mg 2% Copper 0.230 mg 2.5% Iron 0.26 mg 3% Magnesium 22 mg 5.5% Manganese 0.150 mg 6.5% Phosphorus 11 mg 2% Selenium 0.6 mcg 1% Zinc 0.23 mg 2% Phyto-nutrients Carotene-ß 374 mcg -- Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 mcg -- Lycopene 5204 mcg --
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