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Ever wondered about the humble guava and its health benefits?

by | Chinese medicine, Food as Medicine, Herbal medicine, Nutrition

 

This is the time of year that my lovely neighbor gives us guavas from their tree. Every year we have more than enough supply of guavas that we give away to friends, family, and if you’ve been to the clinic lately, we’ve offered you some.

Did you know that guava has some amazing health benefits?

Benefits of guava from a Traditional East Asian Medicine

Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, it is considered a Qi tonic, supporting the body’s vital life force.

Guava’s sweet taste corresponds to the Earth element, fortifying the Spleen and promoting digestion. Its slightly astringent nature complements the Metal element, supporting immune function and respiratory health.

Guava is believed to have astringent properties that can help in stopping diarrhea. The guava leaves in particular are commonly used in Traditional East Asian Medicine remedies. The astringent nature is believed to support the spleen’s function, helping to harmonize the digestive system and reduce the frequency of loose stools.

Guava’s sweet taste embodies Yin, providing nourishment and moisture to the body. Simultaneously, its slightly astringent quality aligns with Yang, promoting tonification and structure. The harmonious interplay of Yin and Yang in guava is believed to contribute to overall well-being.

 

Guava’s health benefits

Guava is a nutrient-dense fruit that offers a variety of health benefits, and many of these benefits have been studied and documented. Here are some of the key health benefits of guava:

Rich in Vitamin C

Guava is renowned for its exceptionally high vitamin C content. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that supports the immune system, helps the body absorb iron, and promotes skin health.

Antioxidant Properties

Guava contains various antioxidants, including carotenoids and polyphenols, which help neutralize free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a crucial role in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.

Dietary Fiber

Guava is a good source of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and helping to prevent constipation. The fiber content also contributes to a feeling of fullness, potentially aiding in weight management.

Rich in Vitamins A and E

Guava contains vitamins A and E, which contribute to skin health, vision, and overall immune function.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Some studies suggest that guava may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could be attributed to its antioxidant compounds. These effects may help reduce inflammation in the body and potentially lower the risk of chronic diseases.

Mineral Content

Guava contains essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Potassium is important for heart health and helps regulate blood pressure.

Blood Sugar Regulation

Research indicates that guava may have a positive impact on blood sugar levels. The fiber content in guava helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.

The low-calorie content and high fiber content of guava make it a satisfying and nutritious snack.

Savoring guava isn’t just tasty; it’s a healthy treat. Enjoy every bite, knowing it’s a simple way to take care of yourself.

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