I hope you enjoyed last week's Beauty Blend blog where we discussed the wonderful skin benefits of lime. If you missed it, you can check it out here.
This week for Beauty Blends, we're going to explore the wonderful beauty benefits of the Guava fruit. So let's get to it.
Guava is usually grown in tropical and subtropical regions. It's a native fruit of Mexico and Central America. It is a pear-shaped fruit with light green or bright green skin, depending on the variety. Ripe guava has yellowish or maroonish skin. The fruit has white or pink flesh (depending on the type again), and small, hard seeds in the pulp. Normally, the ripe fruit tastes sweet and the raw ones have crunchy, slightly bitter taste.
Guava juice has antibacterial and scar reducing properties, which makes it useful for treating acne scars, eczema, and rashes. It is also useful for improving the tone and texture of the skin. Guava is also rich in other vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A and D, folic acid, calcium, nicotinic acid, potassium, phosphorous and so on. So, by including guava in your daily diet, you will get many of the nutrients that you require. In fact, guava leaves and stems are high in vitamins A, C, D and E.
Another benefit of guavas is its ability to prevent premature aging. It's considered to be a good source of Vitamin C. It can help to increase the production of collagen and elastin, as well as increasing the number of cells that form collagen. Collagen is known to play an important role in promoting good elasticity in the skin. Thus, regular consumption of guava can promote skin elasticity.
Guava juice is considered to be a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in fighting free radicals that attack cells in the body. Free radicals are believed to promote wrinkling, skin aging, poor eyesight, and various other diseases.
Interested in trying Guava? Do you have any limes left over from last week? Here's a great summer blend for you.
Guava Lime Juice
- 8-10 medium Fresh guavas sliced & skin removed
- 2 medium Lime
- 4 cups Water divided
- Your favorite sweetener
In a blender add 2 cups of water, the sugar, the sliced and peeled guavas and the juice of 2 limes. Blend everything together until it is blended well. Strain the juice into a pitcher and add the 2 other cups of water.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog today. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, let me know if you try this juice blend or share your favorite guava juice blend or smoothie.
Until next time!
Until next time!
@Kisha: That’s a very good question and hard to answer especially if you have a food allergy. I’ll give you an example, but make sure you run it by your PCP to be certain.
To drink this fruit, you will need to dilute it. I would suggest 1 part guava to 4 parts water (or any other drink). This way you are still getting the benefits but a little at a time. Cooking it down is not bad either. You won’t lose “all” of the benefits, just heat it on a low temperature. Remember no matter if raw or cooked gently, you can still reap the benefits of eating this fruit.
@Georgina: Yes hun. The easiest way to beautiful skin is what we put in our bodies, especially when they taste good too! Enjoy😉
Wow! Never realized guava was good for skin. My concern is I have a food allergy to all raw fruit, vegetable and nut so I’m not able to drink or eat guava unless it goes through a heat process. Once that is done most of the health benefits are reduced or gone. How do you suggest I use fresh guava into my skincare routine?
Now, didn’t know it had all these benefits. Another drink I can I add to my repertoire.