- Vitamin C in guava can give a boost to immunity
- Diabetics can include guavas in their daily diet
- Guava leaves are as healthy as the fruit
Guava benefits: Guava, as nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar mentions, is a local fruit which is in season right now. Guava or amrud is a Vitamin C-rich fruit with lots of antioxidants, potassium and fibre. Eating guava every day can be beneficial for your blood sugar levels, heart health, digestive system and also weight loss. Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho recently took to Instagram to talk about guava, mentioning how the fruit is great for boosting immunity and energy levels. So let's see why all health experts are talking about this seasonal fruit.
Guava fruit: Health benefits of guavas you must know
One of the most essential nutrients that guava contains is Vitamin C. It is the one nutrient that can boost your immunity enough to keep you healthy and disease-free. Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal says that one guava offers 200% of daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.
"Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that prevents from free radical damage and keeps the skin supple and glowing. It also contains lycopene, powerful antioxidant which has been scientifically proven protect against certain types of cancer," Nmami tells DoctorNDTV.
Guavas are naturally low in glycemic index. This makes them a perfect choice for diabetics, Nmami adds. "Guavas are also rich in fibre. Including them in your diet can improve digestive health and keep constipation at a bay," she says.
The best part about guava is that its not just the fruit which provides with health benefits, its leaves are equally beneficial. Nmami informs that guavas contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. "Guava leaves are also a perfect antidote for diarrhoea," she informs.
Guava benefits: Ways to include guavas in your diet
As mentioned above, you can have guava as a mid-meal snack. You can eat the whole fruit without peeling the skin. "You can add guava to a smoothie or combine guava slices with cottage cheese cubes," recommends Nmami.
For consuming guava leaves, you can brew them in a tea or blend them to form a guava chutney.
This season, enjoy guavas without guilt. Make sure you eat at least one every day!
(Nmami Agarwal is nutritionist at Nmami Life)
(Rujuta Diwekar is a nutritionist based in Mumbai)
(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach - Integrative Medicine)
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