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Surprising health benefits of guava juice

Guava has many health benefits

Surprising health benefits of guava juice
Guava is a very popular fruit in Mexico - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 18/08/2020 18:52 Sandra Acevedo Mexico City Actualizada 19:16

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Guava juice is a natural beverage that is very easy to prepare and that can help you get many health benefits if you drink it every day.

Guava is a tropical fruit that has been used as an iconic fruit of festivities throughout the year. Its sweet taste and nutrients are quite versatile so this fruit can be found in aguas frescas, ponche, jams, candies, nectars, and preserves.

According to information from the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry, Michoacán is the main producer of guava in Mexico over other states like Aguascalientes and Zacatecas. That is why this food can be easily found throughout the year in different markets; moreover, it is considered one of the most nutritious fruits.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that 100 grams of fresh guava supply fiber, protein, carbohydrates, and minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and sodium, in addition to vitamins A, C, and B6.

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Hence, it is very important to drink the natural juice of this fruit in order to enjoy its health benefits. Avoid processed juices because they could have added sugar and less amount of fiber, which would eliminate a great part of guava’s health benefits.

It improves the heart’s health
According to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology, eating ripe guavas before every meal showed an improvement in the cardiovascular health of some patients with hypertension. After 12 weeks of research, the scientists found that guava’s nutrients reduced the levels of cholesterols and triglycerides.

The study mentions that this was possible thanks to the amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contained in this fruit.

Weight loss
The NutrititionData database highlights that guava supplies an excellent amount of fiber. A single piece can contain up to 12% of fiber. Moreover, this fruit has low-calories content and is high in nutrients like vitamins and minerals so drinking this fruit’s natural juice could help you control your weight. The fruit will help you feel full and improve your digestive system thanks to the fiber it contains.

Immune system
Healthline recommends consuming guavas or their juice because they contain a higher amount of vitamin C compared to other citric fruits, like oranges.

An article published in the Journal of Biological Regulators explains that vitamin C, which is present in guava juice, acts as an antioxidant and inhibits common flu symptoms by improving the immune system.

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Gastrointestinal health
Naturo Press published an article that mentions guava juice is able to ease diarrhea symptoms since it improves the digestive health thanks to its antimicrobial properties that suppress the development of bacterias like the Staphylococcus aureus and rotavirus that produce this kind of disease.

Better skin
The antioxidants present in guava juice can help you improve your skin, according to Naturo Press. This beverage contains flavonoids and beta carotenes than inhibit premature aging. If you drink guava juice every day, you will be able to prevent wrinkles caused by the sun.

Another important characteristic of guavas is that it can get rid of acné, according to Healthline. Guava extract, as well as this fruit’s leaves, contains antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that can eradicate bacterias that cause this kind of skin condition.

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