One of the most delicious and luscious fruits known to the world “guava” comes originally from south America. Guava is known by different names such as amrud, peru, piyara, koyya, jamakaya, sede pandu etc.
Guava can help regulate the blood pressure and strengthen the immune system as it is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. It also supports weight loss, improves skin, relieves constipation, scurvy and dysentery too. Being a good source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals it can keep you safe from seasonal colds and coughs. Studies have also shown a great impact of guava on reducing stress hormones in the body.
The seeds in Guava are quite rich in an aromatic oil. The oil contains good amount of iodine and is used in medicinal preparations. Refreshing guava leaves and barks are powdered and used for dressing wounds and sores. A decoction of fresh young leaves is said to be good for digestive disorders. This decoction is also used for arresting vomiting and diarrhea. Powdered leaves are applied to soothe rheumatic pains. A decoction of leaves can be gargled to relieve for treating tooth ache and gum boils. The flowers of guava are said to be cooling and are used for treating bronchitis.
Guava is usually eaten as a fresh fruit. The flavor adds to richness of ice-creams and fruit salads. I just tried guava chilli smoothie and what a refreshing nutrition packed drink it was. Do give it a try soon!
From the Panel of Well at Heart e-Health Magazine App
– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.
She is the founder of Indian Diabetes Educators group. Presently she is a member of American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Coeliac Society of India, Indian Dietetic Association and National Institute of Nutrition.