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Growing up in Nigeria, guava was everywhere really. We had a least two guava trees in our garden and my friends and I would have a feat during the rainy season when the guava ripened and fell in soft thuds on the ground. I can still picture my mum boiling down what seemed like a whole vat of yellow guavas to make delicious guava jam.

As kids you would run into guavas in the garden next door, on just on random guava trees which just happened to be on the school route. Best of all were the guava laden trays in the local markets; the sweet pungent smell of ripe guavas in the tropical heat is simply unmistakable.

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Today, thankfully we have become more aware of how our bodies work. We know how essential vitamin C is for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. However, as vitamin C is water-soluble, whatever is unused leaves the body through the urine. Hence we need a continuous supply of vitamin C in our diet. This is where the guava fruit comes in.

I think more could be said and done with the guava fruit. Whether it’s the pink, white or yellowish variety, guava is a great natural source of vitamin C and a whole collection of other nutrients. Here goes.

Health Benefits of the Guava

1. One guava contains huge amounts of vitamin C- even more than an orange.

2. Guava contains appreciable amounts of Vitamin A and are also a good source of iron

3. Guava is pecfect for making jam at home as it contains pectin, an enzyme used in making jams as well as promoting digestion.

4. The young leaves of the guava plant are used in traditional medicine in Nigeria and other tropical countries. These leaves contain a number of beneficial substances, including antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids such as quercetin. Drinking a tea made by soaking guava leaves in hot water may be beneficial in treating diarrhea, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes and piles

5. For bad breath caused by gum disease, guava is a treatment option. Eating guava stops bleeding in the gums and strengthens their hold on the teeth. It also destroys harmful bacteria, residing in the gums.

6. Guava seeds contain a rich source of dietary fibre and can be used as an excellent laxative.

7. In some areas in India, roasted ripe guava is used as a remedy against extreme cases of cough and cold and congestion: cut a guava in half, bake it in the oven and sprinkle pepper on it before eating.

So grab a few ripe guavas and try my guava and ginger smoothie or just simply munch away- your cells and tissues will thank you for it!

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images (1) guava selling

Growing up in Nigeria, guava was everywhere really. We had a least two guava trees in our garden and my friends and I would have a feat during the rainy season when the guava ripened and fell in soft thuds on the ground. I can still picture my mum boiling down what seemed like a whole vat of yellow guavas to make delicious guava jam.

As kids you would run into guavas in the garden next door, on just on random guava trees which just happened to be on the school route. Best of all were the guava laden trays in the local markets; the sweet pungent smell of ripe guavas in the tropical heat is simply unmistakable.

download guava

Today, thankfully we have become more aware of how our bodies work. We know how essential vitamin C is for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. However, as vitamin C is water-soluble, whatever is unused leaves the body through the urine. Hence we need a continuous supply of vitamin C in our diet. This is where the guava fruit comes in.

I think more could be said and done with the guava fruit. Whether it’s the pink, white or yellowish variety, guava is a great natural source of vitamin C and a whole collection of other nutrients. Here goes.

Health Benefits of the Guava

1. One guava contains huge amounts of vitamin C- even more than an orange.

2. Guava contains appreciable amounts of Vitamin A and are also a good source of iron

3. Guava is pecfect for making jam at home as it contains pectin, an enzyme used in making jams as well as promoting digestion.

4. The young leaves of the guava plant are used in traditional medicine in Nigeria and other tropical countries. These leaves contain a number of beneficial substances, including antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids such as quercetin. Drinking a tea made by soaking guava leaves in hot water may be beneficial in treating diarrhea, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes and piles

5. For bad breath caused by gum disease, guava is a treatment option. Eating guava stops bleeding in the gums and strengthens their hold on the teeth. It also destroys harmful bacteria, residing in the gums.

6. Guava seeds contain a rich source of dietary fibre and can be used as an excellent laxative.

7. In some areas in India, roasted ripe guava is used as a remedy against extreme cases of cough and cold and congestion: cut a guava in half, bake it in the oven and sprinkle pepper on it before eating.

So grab a few ripe guavas and try my guava and ginger smoothie or just simply munch away- your cells and tissues will thank you for it!

download guava leaves

See here for more info

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