The many health benefits of guava
This fruit is very healthy - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

The many health benefits of guava

27/12/2019
14:26
Alejandro Wong García
Mexico City
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Guavas comprise approximately a hundred species of trees native to the American continent

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Guavas comprise approximately a hundred species of tropical trees and small trees native to the Caribbean, Central America, North America, and South America and there are one of the fruits with most health benefits. Besides, the can be consumed in many ways: raw, boiled, in tea, extracts, or prepared in complex dishes.

Guavas, due to their high content of vitamin C, are a great alternative in the case of respiratory diseases. Eating them regularly will provide you the necessary vitamins to protect the immune system.

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According to an investigation of Colombia’s National University, this is a very important fruit for bones for it has a high content of antioxidants, as well as vitamin E, phenols, and carotenoids, which are substances that eliminate free radicals and prevent oxidative stress as well as several metabolic disorders.

In addition, if you eat guavas at breakfast, your body will take the most advantage from the vitamins and you will give your organism a power load to begin your activities.

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Good for women
According to a study carried out by the 21st Century Medical Center Hospital of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) the women who received a guava extract had less pain linked to the menstrual period, which revealed that guavas also have analgesic properties.

It stabilizes glucose
According to an analysis performed in Asia, where guava leaves have been used for teas for hundreds of years, by the Yakult Central Institute of Microbiologic Research, it was shown that a tea made with this fruit’s leaves could help to fight against sugar peaks experienced by type 2 diabetes patients. With long-term use, it was shown that guava leaves tea stabilizes the glucose levels.

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It prevents infections
An exploration made in the Institute of Sea Sciences of Ceára, Brazil, showed that guava leaves contain a component that can fight against bacteria, specifically the Staphylococcus Aureus, which causes skin infections and pneumonia.

If you have gastritis, avoid it
Although it is a fruit full of health benefits, you must know that, if you suffer from gastritis, you must not eat it on an empty stomach because of its acidity. It is best to eat something else before and then add guava.

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