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known s i a v a u G pene, o c y l e v to ha -fighting r e c n a c a which , t n a d i x antio at and e r t s p l e h prostate combat st and brea cancers. CANCER TREATMENT: ä Guava is known to have lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant, which helps treat and combat prostate and breast cancers. ä Guava pulp also helps prevent the formation of cancerous tumours. Other nutrients in it such as vitamins A and C, flavonoids, beta-carotene and lutein help fight free radical cells which encourage the growth of cancer cells. ä Being rich in fibre, guava aids in protecting the colon mucous which prevents toxins and cancer-causing cells. HYPERTENSION: Guava contains high amount of fibre and is hypoglycaemic in nature which helps control cholesterol and blood pressure. CONSTIPATION: The fibre and roughage present in guava helps treat piles and haemorrhoids. Guava seeds are powerful laxatives that help treat chronic constipation and in cleansing of the digestive system. Since guava clears the intestine, it is also an effective remedy for intestinal laziness. TOOTHACHE: The astringent contents of guava and its leaves are used as a remedy for tooth pain, swollen gums and ulcers. HAIR LOSS: Vitamins B and C in guava nourish the roots of the hair and make them stronger. Washing hair with water steeped in guava leaves, is effective for hair loss. DIABETES: SKINCARE: Low glycaemic index food and foods rich in dietary fibre help in controlling the amount of glucose secreted in the body. Guava fits the bill, and helps control sugar level. Using guava leaves and fruit pulp as a scrub is very beneficial as it contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from sun damage. HARSHA ADVANI HEALTH & NUTRITION February 2018 49