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Guava (Peyara)


It is a fruit of the genus Psidium (family Myrtaceae). The common guava is a large shrub or small tree with quadrangular branchlets, oval to oblong leaves about 7.6 centimetres (3 inches) in length and four-petalled white flowers about 2.5 centimetres broad. The fruits are round to pear shaped and measure up to 7.6 centimetres in diameter; the white to salmon-red pulp contain many such hard seeds.

Guavas are processed into jams, jellies and preserves. Fresh guavas are rich in vitamins A, B and C; they are eaten raw or sliced and served with sugar and cream as a dessert. It is highly effective in removing constipation. It is commonly called 'Indian Apple'.

Benefit and uses of Guava.

  • Guavas are an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain iron calcium, and phosphorus, the guava contains the highest vitamin C content out of all the citrus fruits with as much as 180mg per 100g of fruit.
  • Older children and adults, a cup once or twice daily of a leaf decoction is the tropical herbal medicine standard.
  • A guava leaf decoction is taken to relieve colds and bronchitis.
  • The roots, bark, leaves and immature fruits, because of their astringency, are commonly employed to halt gastroenteritis, diarrhea, dysentery and vomiting in cholera patients.
  • It also has hypoglycaemic and anti-bacterial properties.  The fruit, when eaten whole helps reduce both, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 
  • Guava benefits is battles diabetes, Combats cancer, Protects prostate.
  • Guava can improve your heart health by helping to control your blood pressure and cholesterol.


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