According to healthline - Jamaican guava (Syzygium malaccense) is a type of fruit that has many names. This guava is known as jambu bol, jambu kepal, Malaysian apple, Malacca apple, and so on. Jamaican guava is similar to water guava at a glance, but its size is larger. The benefits of Jamaican guava are predicted to be good for health.
This guava has a characteristic red color on its outer skin, but some types are white and pink. The flesh is white and thicker than water guava. It also tastes more bland and dry when compared to crunchy water guava.
The benefits of Jamaican guava can be obtained by direct consumption, made into a mixture of salad, to be processed into pickles or jams. Almost all parts of the Jamaican guava fruit are edible, except for the seeds.
Nutritional content of Jamaican guava
Jamaican guava has many nutrients that are beneficial to the body. As a source of vitamin A, this guava is good for maintaining eye health. In addition, there are many other benefits of Jamaican guava.
Before discussing the benefits of guava bol, it's good to know the content of this guava first. The following nutritional content in 100 grams of Jamaican guava is good for the body.
Protein 0.5-0.7 g
Fat 0.1-0.2 g
Fiber 0.6-0.8 g
Calcium 5.6-5.9 mg
Phosphorus 11.6-17.9 mg
Iron 0.2-0.82 mg
Carotene 0.003-0.008 mg
Vitamin A 3-10 IU
Vitamin B1 15-39 mcg
Vitamin B2 20-39 mcg
Vitamin B3 0.21-0.40 mg
Ascorbic acid 6.5-17.0 mg.
The sugar content in Jamaican guava is not high. However, the amount is enough to fulfill the body's sugar needs. Therefore, Jamaican guava is considered good for controlling blood sugar and preventing diabetes.
Jamaican guava is also a source of vitamin C. In 100 grams of Jamaican guava, there are at least 22 milligrams of vitamin C. This vitamin can boost the body's immunity, ward off free radicals, treat wounds, and regenerate cells.
Benefits of Jamaican guava
Earlier it was mentioned that Jamaican guava or bol guava is useful in maintaining eye health, preventing diabetes, and as a source of vitamin C. Not only that, here are other benefits of Jamaican guava that you can get.
1. Lowers fever
Jamaican guava is believed to be able to reduce fever when drunk. To get this benefit, you can brew Jamaican guava with warm water for consumption. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this benefit.
2. Nourishes the skin
Vitamins A and C in Jamaican guava are very beneficial for skin health. It can prevent premature aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
3. Strengthens bones
The iron content contained in Jamaican guava is beneficial in maintaining bone health and strength. In addition, you can also avoid osteoporosis.
4. Treat dysentery
Jamaican guava is considered to have nutritional content that can overcome dysentery. However, this claim has no scientific evidence so it cannot be fully trusted.
5. Prevents constipation
The fiber content in Jamaican guava is able to smooth and nourish digestion. Diseases such as constipation can be prevented.
6. Maintain oral health
In addition to killing germs that cause disease in the gums, the benefits of Jamaican guava can also cure canker sores and wounds in the mouth or tongue. This benefit is produced by the vitamin C content in Jamaican guava.
Benefits of Jamaican guava for pregnant women
Especially for pregnant women, there are a number of special Jamaican guava benefits that are beneficial for the health of the mother and fetus.
Prevents high blood pressure during pregnancy
Maintains electrolyte balance
Reduces cramps in the lower abdomen
Increases red blood cell development during pregnancy
Improves iron absorption
Strengthens the condition of the fetus
The antioxidant content is very good for preventing the growth of bacteria and germs that often attack pregnant women.
Although the benefits for pregnant women are quite a lot, make sure you consult your doctor before consuming it. To ensure that the benefits of Jamaican guava are not accompanied by dangerous risks, always wash your hands and the fruit before consumption.
Bol guavas can contain pesticides that are harmful to health if not thoroughly cleaned. Clean Jamaican guava with vegetable/fruit cleaning soap and running water.
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