They’re sweet and juicy, and they’re all the rage in winters. We’re talking about guavas or amrood, the fruit that might have originated in Central America, but Indians have made their own.
Flavourful and fragrant, guavas are green inside and out when raw, and have a pale pink flesh when they ripen. Whether you like them raw, ripened, with chaat masala on top, or in the form of murabbas doesn’t matter, as long as you have enough this winter.
Why, you ask? Well, the taste apart, guavas are really good for your overall health. Rich in vitamin C, lycopene, antioxidants and dietary fibres, guava is a fruit you can depend on in winters. Here are a few health benefits you can reap by indulging in this fruit this winter.
1. Boost your immunity
Guavas are chock full of a number of nutrients, especially vitamic C, which give our immune systems a good boost. Vitamin C can help fight common bacterial and fungal infections. Guavas, which have four times more vitamin C than most citrus fruits, are a brilliant source of this nutrient. Have enough of guavas, and you’ll be able to fight away everything from common colds to coughs this winter.
2. Good for your heart
Like most fruits, guavas help maintain the sodium and potassium balance in the body. This in turn helps regulate the blood pressure, and keeps the heart healthy. The fruit is especially good for patients of hypertension or high blood pressure. What’s more, guavas also help keep cholesterol levels in check. Need any more reason to indulge in this winter fruit?
3. Helps bowel movement
If you suffer from constipation especially in winters, you should indulge in guavas even more. Why? Guavas are one of the richest sources of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre is just what you need to keep your bowel movements good and healthy. Add to that the fact that guava seeds also work as laxatives, and you know that you can depend on this fruit to get rid of constipation and other digestion issues all winter.
4. Aids weight loss
Eat enough guavas, and you’ll have just the balance in your body to have the perfect metabolism. A good metabolism rate is key to any weight loss programme, and nothing boosts it like a combination of dietary fibres, vitamins, potassium and antioxidants. And that’s just what guavas have–the perfect combination of nutrients to make it the one fruit that can help you keep your waistline in check during winters.
5. Improves eyesight and skin quality
Do you hate the way your skin gets rough and dull during winters? Guavas are just what you need. The presence of high vitamin A and C levels, as well as antioxidants like carotenes and lycopene, makes guavas the fruit that can make your skin glow and keep wrinkles at bay. The high vitamin levels also improve eyesight.
6. Relieves stress and stimulates the brain
Guavas are chock full of magnesium, which helps relax the strain on the body’s muscles. Eat enough guavas, and your body will be relaxed and stress-free. Add the high vitamin B3 and B6 levels that guavas have, and your blood circulation is bound to improve. What this will help with is both decreasing the strain your body has been through, and stimulate the cognitive functions of the brain, at the same time.
Guava is quite the wonder-fruit, right? It is, and you should include them in your daily, winter diet to experience all the benefits it can offer your body and mind.