Benefits Of Guava During Pregnancy

Guava is rich in nutrients and plant compounds that promote a healthy pregnancy and may help prevent associated complications.

All the same, though it’s used in traditional and folk medicines across the globe, few clinical studies have assessed the effects of guava and its extracts in humans 

High in necessary nutrients

To support healthy fetal development, pregnant women have higher needs for protein, vitamin C, folate, and several other nutrients.In particular, vitamin C is important for your baby’s optimal growth. It also helps increase the absorption of iron, a nutrient that pregnant women need more of to help deliver oxygen to their baby Furthermore, adequate folate intake during pregnancy helps prevent birth defects and spinal development issuesOne cup (165 grams) of guava fruit provides over 20% of the Daily Value (DV) for folate and over 400% of the DV for vitamin C, making it an excellent food to eat during pregnancy

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Guava is high in necessary nutrients – google image

May relieve digestive issues

Research suggests that guava may relieve digestive issues like acid reflux, diarrhea, and constipation, which are common during pregnancy .Specifically, rodent studies indicate that guava leaf extracts reduce stomach acid secretion and delay stomach emptying to prevent diarrhea.Guava is also an excellent source of fiber, providing close to 9 grams in 1 cup (165 grams). Eating enough fiber during pregnancy can help prevent constipation. While eating fresh guava fruit is likely beneficial, the safety of guava extracts and supplements for relieving digestive issues during pregnancy is less clear.

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Guava may relieve digestive issues like acid reflux, diarrhea, and constipation – google image

May reduce your risk of high blood pressure

Some pregnant women experience preeclampsia, a complication marked by high blood pressure and possible kidney or liver damage.Guava may lower your risk of this condition, as test-tube studies suggest that compounds in its leaves inhibit enzymes that contribute to high blood pressure. Furthermore, a 4-week study in 145 adults found that eating guava before meals led to a significant reduction in blood pressure, compared with a control group.GUAVA FRUIT WITH HEALTH BENEFITS CUT UP ON CHOPPING BOARD

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Guava may reduce your risk of high blood pressure – google image 

Guava leaf tea may improve blood sugar control

Gestational diabetes affects approximately 10% of pregnant women in the United States. This condition occurs either when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or your cells become insulin resistant during pregnancy. This leads to high blood sugar levels and is linked to complications like early birth or high birth weight. Test-tube and animal studies suggest that guava leaf extracts may help improve blood sugar control and insulin resistance, and some human studies indicate that guava leaf tea may help lower blood sugar.In a study in 19 adults with an average fasting blood sugar over 100 mg/dL, drinking 6.5 ounces (190 mL) of guava leaf tea containing 400 mg of guava extract significantly lowered blood sugar levels after eating, compared with a control group. However, it’s very important to note that this research is preliminary and only uses tea and extracts. Furthermore, no studies specifically examine guava’s effects on gestational diabetes.Thus, you should not use guava to treat this condition.

Source: Healthline 

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