Did you know a single common guava fruit contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange?
Its other constituents include Dietary Fiber, Folic Acid, Carbohydrates, Energy, Fat, Protein, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, K, Folate, Minerals (Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc), Lycopene pigment (decrease the risk of mouth cancer).
By just seeing the constituents, one can decide how healthy it is for a mom-to-be.
Let’s just go through its benefits in the below mentioned pointers:
- Regulates Blood Sugar Level – Guava plays a very important role by preventing the risk of gestational diabetes in pregnant women.
- Balances Blood Pressure Level – Expectant mothers are very prone to having high blood pressure during this period, so eating a Guava daily helps in overcoming complications during pregnancy.
- Controls Cholesterol Level – Its rich Dietary Fiber content keeps a check on the Cholesterol level of pregnant women.
- Rich Source of Iron and Calcium – Its iron content reduces the risk of anaemia in new born baby and Calcium helps in building stronger bones and muscles (of both mother and new born baby).
- Promotes Digestion – Due to its rich Fiber content, any kind of digestion related problem (constipation problem commonly found in pregnant women) can easily be avoided during pregnancy by regularly munching on a Guava.
- Relaxes Muscles and Nerves – The magnesium present in Guava soothes the nerves and muscles of an expectant mother and also helps in relieving stress.
- Prevents Infections and Neural Tube Defects – Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps in fighting any kind of health infections caused by free radicals in our body. The Folic acid present in it prevents any neural tube defects in the new born.
- Maintains RBCs Count – The Folic Acid content of Guava helps in increasing the production of red blood cells in the body, which helps improve function of the nervous system, particularly the brain.
- Helps in Fetal Development – The Vitamin B9 content of Guava is yet another essential factor when it comes to the development of your baby’s nervous system.
- Helps in Overcoming Morning Sickness – It’s a great fruit to kill morning sickness, a common problem faced by pregnant women.
Apart from the above mentioned benefits, this fruit also holds great benefits for skin, hair and weight loss that we may discuss some other time.
Words of caution: As we already know, ‘Excess of anything is bad’, so do keep a check on your Guava consumption otherwise it may cause Diarrhea due to its rich Fiber content. Eating half-ripe or unripe Guavas may lead to tooth-ache and do wash-it off properly before eating and try it with rock-salt or sweet and sour dried plum powder mixtures for enhanced taste.
So, all you ‘to-be-mommies’ out there – ‘Go Guava’ today!