Guava and potential health benefits

M. Mohamed Essa*, Reshmi K. Vijayan, Amani S. Al-Rawahi, Gilles J. Guillemin, Subash Selvaraju, Mushtaq A. Memon

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The incredible health benefits of naturally occurring fruits and vegetables are a boonto human beings. The diverse array of phytonutrients in these natural products is capableof exhibiting tremendous health promoting activities. Guava (Psidium guajava) is wellknown for its medicinal properties due to its phenolic, flavonoid, carotenoid, andterpenoid compounds. The fruit, leaf, stem, and bark of this berry fruit has been usedfrom ancient days for various ailments. Scientific investigations report a plethora ofevidence supporting its antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-diarrheal, antihelminthic, andantispasmodic effects. Moreover, its potential to treat diabetes, cardiovascular diseases,gastroenteritis, hepatotoxicity, and dental decay were substantiated by various in vitroand in vivo assays. The anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, and antinociceptive activities anddermoprotective effects of phytocomponents in guava were also reported experimentally.The astounding health benefits and the mechanism of action of guava phytonutrients issummarized in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood as Medicine
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781624177477
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Antimutagenic
  • Guava
  • Health benefits
  • Infectious disease
  • Nutritional value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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