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Q. What are the benefits of consuming guava?

Answered by
Dr. Revathi Sundaramurthy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 28, 2015 and last reviewed on: Feb 01, 2019

Hello doctor,

How does guava help boost weight loss? Can guava extract help in prostate cancer prevention? How does guava work as a remedy for cold? Why is guava recommended for better brain health? What can guava's high vitamin A content do for our eyesight? What are the other benefits of consuming guava (if any)?

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Guava helps in weight loss as it contains roughage or fibers. Fibers include both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fibers are the part of plant foods. Not all fibers are completely digested by the human body, hence they will not add to your calories, but they add bulk to the food. After consuming it fills our stomach and makes us reduce the quantity intake of other caloric foods like rice, bread, etc.

Guava contains vitamin C, hence it acts as a remedy for cold. Guava contains vitamin E and C which are very much needed for good memory. Hence, it is helpful for good brain health. Guava is rich in vitamin C, A, antioxidants and lycopene which help in the prevention of prostate and other types of cancers.

Other benefits of guava are:

  1. It helps in relieving constipation and high cholesterol as it is rich in dietary fibers.
  2. Potassium in guava helps to reduce hypertension.
  3. Guava has a low glycemic index, even diabetic patients can consume guava, which prevents fluctuation in insulin and glucose levels.
  4. Vitamin K in guava helps in bleeding disorders, prevention of spider veins, etc.
  5. It helps to boost the immunity and prevents repeated attacks of flu, etc.
  6. It also helps to prevent early aging and keeps the skin, mucous membrane healthy.
  7. Chewing guava helps fight bad breath (halitosis).
  8. Guava leaves help in treating vaginal and eye infections.

Rather than consuming an extract, it is always advisable to eat the complete fruit to get the complete benefits.


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