Guava Has 4x More Vitamin C Than Orange, 10x More Vitamin A Than Lemon
I always thought the Vitamin C richest food has to be Orange. However I recently learned fruit Guava has 4 times more vitamin C than orange and 10 times more vitamin A than lemon. Really?
Guava is an extremely healthy, vitamin-rich tropical fruit. The Guava fruits, with edible seeds and rind, are round, oval or pear-shaped. So they also can be white, pink, yellow and even red in different varieties.
For centuries, these incredible fruits have also been known for even their own sweet and tangy flavor, and they can be used in many various ways and are even deemed “magical” because of the variety of vitamins and nutrients.
This fruit is extremely rich in vitamin C, Contains ten times more vitamin A than one lemon and four times more vitamin C than a normal orange. Also, the high content of vitamin C completely destroys free radicals and avoids oxidation, reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer.
In addition, this fruit is indeed rich in magnesium, potassium, folate, iron, B2 and E vitamins, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and contains nearly 70 times more fiber compared to a normal-size orange.
100 grams of guava fruit, according to Dr. Axe, contains the following:
- Magnesium, Mg 22.00 mg 6 %
- Manganese, Mn 0.150 mg 8 %
- Phosphorus, P 40.00 mg 4 %
- Potassium, K 417.00 mg 9 %
- Protein 2.55 g 5 %
- Vitamin A 624.00 IU 12 %
- Vitamin B 6 0.110 mg6 %
- Vitamin C 228.3 mg 380 %
- Vitamin E 0.73 mg 2 %
- Vitamin K 2.6 mcg 3 %
- Vitamin K 2.6 mcg 3 %
- Iron, Fe 0.26 mg 1 %
Guava Health Benefits
Immune system: The incredibly high levels of vitamin C strengthen the immune system, protect the body cells from damage, and fight disease-causing pathogens.
Cholesterol: The vitamin C helps the absorption of vitamin E, and thus lowers LDL cholesterol and increased the (good) HDL cholesterol.
Anemia: The high vitamin C content helps the absorption of iron and thus prevents anemia.
Digestive health: The high fiber content helps digestion, and treats digestive infections, diarrhea, and other digestive issues.
Heart disease: Guava is abundant in potassium and dietary fiber that lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health.
Bone health: The high sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus content strengthen the bones.
Skin health: Guava prevents skin damage and delays premature aging. Moreover, the vitamins C and A boost the elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Eye health: The carotids and antioxidants in guava improve eye health, and prevent the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Ripe guava fruits are softer and better for consumption. You can eat them raw, dip them in prune powder, juice them, or add them to smoothies. Despite being a delicious and healthy snack, guava flesh can also be used as a cooking and baking ingredient and used medicinally.
Yet, note that you should consume guava fruits regularly in order to reap all these benefits! If you can not get fresh guava, tea is always a great option. You can also get jam for bread if you are a strawberry jam lover.