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10 Awesome Health Benefits of Guava: Beauty and Wellness Facts

Drew is a professional pharmacist and researcher. Knowledgeable about herbal plants through pharmacognosy.

Have you ever tasted guava? You might have experienced its mouthwatering sweetness mixed with a light sour taste. This fruit is one of my favorite food during my younger years. I even visit the guava tree in our backyard for its fruit.

Believe it or not, guava had been with us for a long time. History tells us it originated in Central America. The explorers during the age of the expedition had gotten it from central America. Soon, its seeds spread throughout the entire world as the world expeditions continued. And now, we can find it in Asia, especially in thickets and low-altitude forests.

Guava also promises a lot of health benefits. When I was still a little boy, my grandmother would even wash my wounds with a warm decoction from guava leaves. The elders in my country treat it as an effective antiseptic and antibacterial.

They even used it for local circumcision. And believe it or not, they didn’t do the circumcisions through surgery in hospitals. It occurred either under a wooden hammer or knife. And they used guava leaves to wash and disinfect that wound.

Years passed, I’m now an already professional pharmacist. I realized that the guava health claims of my grandparents were true. Guava facts, tested in the laboratory, and even history.

What else?

Since I am a pharmacist, I tried researching the pharmaceutical benefits of guava. Everything about guava - from leaves, bark, roots, and fruits. I looked at primary literature acknowledged by researchers and scientists. Yep, those headache-inducing researches.

And guess what? Guava was a true power plant (pun intended). No, it is a power food! It’s filled with healthy antioxidants, fibers, vitamins, and minerals. And that’s only scratching the surface.

Anyway, here are ten awesome researched health benefits of this article’s hero.

  1. Guava as Anti-Ageing
  2. Guava The Immune System Power Booster
  3. Guava for Healthier Brain
  4. Guava as an Anti-Hypertensive
  5. Anti-Diarrhea and Anti-Parasitic
  6. Guava for Diabetes
  7. Natural Antibacterial & Anti-Viral
  8. Natural Stress Reliever
  9. Guava Against Cancer
  10. Weight Loss Superfood

So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a deeper look.

1. Guava For Aging and Better Skin Complexion

No nonsense. Guava can slow down aging signs. Guava boasts various natural antioxidants that could fight wrinkles and skin pigmentation. It also has a lot of vitamins and minerals that could nourish the body.

Guava contains vitamins A and C, and these vitamins can slow aging. Oh, when I say aging, it includes eyesight.

Guava also fights free radicals responsible for damaging inner body organs. It also beautifies skin complexion. It is a superfood capable of protecting against cell damage caused by mother time.

So for the beauty-conscious friends out there, how about trying guava? You got nothing to lose, anyway. Well, except those aging symptoms everyone hates.

2. Guava The Immune System Power Booster

Eating guava is a perfect way to get those immunity-boosting vitamins. Studies showed that guava doubles down on the amount of vitamin C as compared to oranges.

Studies showed that vitamin C can shorten or weaken the severity of colds and flu.

This unique tasting fruit also can fight against bacteria and viruses. So it’s easy to imagine that it can also boost our immune system. And during this pandemic, it wouldn't hurt to eat one.

3. Eat Guava for Healthier Brain

That simple-looking guava fruit contains vitamin B6 which promotes a healthier brain. Guava contains vitamin B6 known for improving cognitive functions.

Vitamin B6 can also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. What else? Hey, it’s all-natural. Not bitter at all as compared to those pills.

So if you wish for more brainpower, how about taking a delicious bite of guava?

4. Guava Can Fight Hypertension

A study published in Comparative Clinical Pathology showed guava’s antihypertensive potential.

Guava showed an Angiotensin 1 converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory effect. An effect resulting in lower or more controlled blood pressure. Guava's antioxidant compounds are the primary source of its mechanism of action.

Too much science? Let’s put it in layman’s terms. Does guava battle hypertension? The answer is yes. Guava has anti-hypertensive potential. And studies do support it.

5. Anti-Diarrhea and Anti-Parasitic

In the past, guava is a well-known folkloric medicine. The plant, especially its leaves, treats diarrhea and was even used for deworming.

Some records showed that the folkloric use of guava has been there for a long time. Literature traces the records of its herbal use in Africa to Asia, and even in the Americas and Europe.

Studies also showed that it has a positive effect on trypanosomiasis and malaria.

Guava has also shown promise against cholera symptoms by weakening its symptoms.

6. Guava for Diabetes and Bad Cholesterol

Guava also has antidiabetic potential. Yep, despite its unique sweetness, guava can help control diabetes.

Guava leaf extracts showed potential against hyperglycemia caused by diabetes. It also prevents the death of beta-cells. Beta cells produce insulin in our bodies. In diabetic patients, these beta cells are dead or not functioning as they should.

Studies showed that eating guava without peeling makes it effective against blood sugar. Hey, that’s some good news for our diabetic friends. It can also lower body triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

It’s also rich in high-density cholesterol. Something that can lower your risk of stroke and heart disease.

7. Guava Boasts Antibacterial and Antiviral Effect

Yep, that guava can also fight various bacteria and viruses.

Studies have shown guava’s efficacy to prevent the growth of bad bacteria. A few good examples are bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It also showed antibacterial potential against Proteus and Shigella species. These are bacteria that cause diarrhea.

Guava leaves also presented potential against superbugs. In vitro testing showed that it is effective against multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Believe it or not, guava also has an antiviral property. A study showed that guava can against various influenza viruses such as the H1N1 virus.

8. Guava Helps Against Stress and Its Diseases

Did you know that stress is one of the most common factors of diseases? Aside from adding some wrinkles, studies suggest that stress can damage your brain. Stress can cause heart attacks and arrhythmias.

So if you are feeling stress about everything, how about relishing some guavas? Believe it or not, guava is an anti-stress fruit. This fruit possesses a lot of antioxidants. These compounds can protect you from various stress-related diseases.

Guava also contains magnesium, a mineral that helps relax muscles and nerves. It’s great food, especially after taking your gym or jogging routines. So when you meet a tired-looking gym mate or running mate. Please do offer guava.

9. Guava Offers an Anti-Cancer Effect

This awesome super plant possesses an anticancer potential. Research results about guava leaves, essential oils, and barks extracts are stunning. Yep, you have read it right, not the fruit, but the other parts are also full of medicinal effect.

Test-tube studies of guava leaf extracts showed results against some cancer. A study showed that guava has a promise against metastatic prostate cancer.

Guava’s antioxidant-rich phytochemical constituents contributed to its anticancer effects according to experts.

Guava leaf extract showed promise against the human mouth epidermal carcinoma cell line. Studies also showed its effect against the murine leukemia cell line.

More? The essential oil of guava is also at least 4 times better than the anticancer drug vincristine. Yep, not some gossip, all according to studies.

That’s some interesting information, right? Then why are they not using it? Well, it’s still undergoing further studies. And believe me, creating new drugs takes a lot of years and money. How much? I estimate around billions of dollars.

10. Guava: A Weight Loss Super Food

Tired of those extra pounds? How about trying guava for a change?

A daily those of guava fruit can become a big help in losing those extra pounds. A fiber-rich superfood.

Aside from being a yummy treat, guava is also a low-calorie goody. It is jump-packed with minerals and vitamins. Enough to assure that your body will get what it needs.

The Bottom Line

Guava has a lot of beneficial effects. That’s a fact. Almost all parts of the guava plant exhibit pharmacological effects. Even so, we must remember that guava is only one of the answers.

Taking that guava is not a perfect pill. Not even a magic pill. It all boils down to how you will live your life. Regular exercise, eating quality food, and proper sleep are also as important.

Anyway, time to look for some guava in the fruit market. See you next time.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Drew Agravante

Comments

Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 09, 2020:

That's awesome Dora. I wish guava also grows here in the desert. Unfortunately not. I will just try my luck in the supermarket. Anyway, thanks for reading.

Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 09, 2020:

Yep, it's nice to remember those good old days. I'll eat one once I return or find one here in Qatar.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 09, 2020:

I love guava, and I'm pleased to learn of all these benefits. I have two of them growing in my yard, but not yet bearing. Love to drink them in a guava nectar!

Danny from India on September 09, 2020:

Nice points Drew. Yes, Guava is really versatile fruit and should be definitely included in the diet. I remember applying salt on guava & also jam made of guava in my childhood days.

Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 08, 2020:

Thanks for reading Cindy. I'm glad I was able to share this awesome information with you.

Cindy Mobey on September 08, 2020:

Guava...wow, it seems to pack a punch. I’ve never tried it, but it’s now on my list of new things to try...the benefits are amazing!

Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 08, 2020:

Hi Ankita, I'm really glad to hear that. I also love those guavas. However, it is a rare fruit here in Qatar. Maybe once I return to my country, I'll make sure to binge this fruit. Thanks for reading.

Ankita B on September 08, 2020:

Excellent article and very well structured. I like guavas and I definitely enjoyed reading your article.

Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 07, 2020:

Hi Flourish, totally agree with you. Maybe I should add a picture. Actually, guava looks like a green-looking kiwi. Thanks for reading.

Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on September 07, 2020:

Hi Eric, thanks for reading. That's awesome to hear. Maybe, I should try my hands in selling fruits.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 07, 2020:

I respect that you included academic references. Now if I knew what a guava looked like. Not sure I could tell it apart from the other different and exotic fruits. I’m interested, however.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 07, 2020:

You sold me. I will pick up guava next trip.

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