Guava for diabetes

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

(Psidium guajava)


Guava, a tree for diabetes

Guava tree is native to tropical America but extended for years throughout the Asian continent.

Current consumption is important in countries like India, Taiwan, China and Japan, so it is no wonder that this fruit has entered popular medicine in these regions.

The Indian Ayurveda prescribes a guava leaf tea to treat diabetes. Scientific studies confirm the effectiveness of this remedy to treat diabetes, because guava leaves extract possesses quercetin, a flavonoid with hypoglycemic effect that helps lower blood sugar.

The guava fruit and leaves contain at least 13 substances against diabetes. Among them, its richness in pectin fiber, fructose, flavonols (quercetin), ursolic acid, arjunolic, minerals (magnesium, manganese, zinc) and niacin.

Another scientific study also showed that administering natural guava juice for four weeks helped a 25% reduction in blood sugar in diabetic animals.

Nutritionally adequate for diabetes


In the image: guava

  • It has few calories: Guava is a fruit that gives us many important nutrients (fiber, antioxidants and vitamins) with little calories. Suitable for those who wish to make a healthy and light diet.

  • Balanced sweetness: A piece of guava (60g. approx.) gives us 7g. sugars, which is slightly more than half portion of carbohydrates to a diabetic. You can take a piece in midmorning snack or in desserts.

  • Best the whole fruit than the juice: A very important and healthy component of guava is its high amount of fiber pectin. This type of fiber helps regulate blood sugar in the body in addition to avoid constipation.

Composition of guava per 100g.
Nutrient Amount
Calories (kcal.) 51
Carbohydrates (g.) 11,88
Proteins (g.) 0,82
Fat (g.) 0,60
Fiber (g.) 5,4
Vitamin C (mg.) 183,50
  • A dose of vitamins: Guava is very rich in antioxidants, important for the health of the body, such as vitamin C, which helps prevent and treat heart disease. It also provides anthocyanins (pinkfleshed varieties), which are a natural protector of sight. For these benefits, it is important to take the fresh fruit.

  • Against Cholesterol: This fruit has significant components against cholesterol, such as and betasitosterol, a plant sterol. Scientific studies have shown that consumption of this fruit can help lower cholesterol and improve hypertension.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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