Guava are abundantly grown in the Philippines and sold in very cheap price that most of us feel of its affordability without thinking its nutritional value that we can get upon eating this fruit.
A series of test in fruits resulted to the discovery that guava is the best food with the highest concentration of antioxidants that protect us against cell damage that makes our skin older and can cause cancer.
Scientists who conducted the study found concentration of antioxidants slightly below 500 milligrams (mg) per 100 grams of guava.
Antioxidants found in Apples are only one quarter of antioxidants in the guava, while bananas contain only small amounts of 30 mg per 100 grams while Watermelon and Pineapple offers less protection against free radicals that cause cellular damage.
Mango has a high content of fructose content having 170 mg of antioxidants, more than three times greater than the papaya while Grapes are three times more beneficial to the body instead of orange.
A study by Dr. Sreeramulu, an endocrinologist, which is published in the journal Food Research International ' Journal will help consumers to have a wise decision in selecting fruits that maximize the use of antioxidants in our body.
He noted that our modern lifestyle stimulates the production of free radicals in the body that damage cell membranes and eventually kills the cells themselves.
Dr. Sreeramulu stressed out, that “Our current life style has increased the exposure to synthetic foods, environmental pollution and stress causes the increase of free radicals. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that prevent cell damage. Cell damages are responsible for causing cancer, aging, cardiovascular disease and degenerative diseases. “
"So far, no study has shown that antioxidants can help heal, but it can help or reduce the risk of cancer.”
His team was surprised, but very pleased to find out that one of the cheapest fruit offers the excellent benefits to health.
"Guava is a rich source of antioxidants source of fiber. This is the fruit of the poor, because it is very cheap," Dr. Sreeramulu added.