Sunday, May 15, 2011

Red Guava Is Lycopene Sources 
CASHEW red bean plant is a much branched shrub. Plants that can grow in areas of low and high. Guava tree to 12 m tall with a large fruit diameter ranged from 2.5 cm to more than 10 cm. Generally favored guava flesh is soft, thick, and colored red with a sweet taste and fresh, a little seedy, and large.
Red guava contains many nutrients that can be used as medicine. Parimin (2007) states, 100 grams of fresh ripe guava contains 0.9 grams of protein, 0.3 grams fat, 12.2 grams carbohydrates, 14 mg calcium, 28 mg phosphorus, 1.1 mg of iron, and 86 grams of water with total calories 49 calories. Vitamin C content of red guava double from sweet orange that just 49 mg per 100 grams of fruit. Optimum vitamin C content when the fruit will be ripe.
Besides vitamin C, red guava contain lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid compounds (important in plant pigment that gives red color) that have antioxidant activity to ward off free radicals, thereby protecting the body against some types of diseases, including cancer. Lycopene content of red guava abundant, ie, 5200 mg per 100 grams of fruit - ranked second, after tomatoes. Lycopene is also one of phytochemical compounds or phytonutrients that are beneficial to health, such as other carotenoid compounds, namely xanthine and lutein.
Usefulness Lycopene
The main purpose of lycopene inhibits physical function and mental deterioration, among others, make people not easily confused. Lycopene also prevent cancer of the pancreas, cervix, and gastrointestinal tract. Epistemological Research lycopene by Italian researchers included 2706 cases of oral cavity cancer, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, if the increased consumption of lycopene, especially on the guava red fleshy fruit, providing a protective effect on the body.
Lycopene in red guava potent cancer prevention, particularly prostate cancer. Studies from Harvard University found evidence in a study of 48,000 men, respondents most widely add lycopene intake in the diet decreases the risk of prostate cancer 45%. Yale University study involving 473 men show evidence of prostate cancer-free men who had more than the blood levels of lycopene in cancer patients.
Real men do not need strong medicine to boost sexual desire. By increasing the consumption of regular red guava, healthy and happy life is not a dream for them. Lycopene is believed to increase the number and improve the structure of the sperm and increase vitality. So automatic lycopene enhance male fertility.
A study in India of 30 infertile couples who can not prove, sperm men who ate lycopene 20 mg three months continuously increased 67%. Improvement of sperm structure they had increased by 63% and sperm velocity increased 73%.
Giving red guava juice as a way to increase platelet arguably have become tradition in the community when stricken with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). Because, during the treatment of DHF patients continues to be supportive, that is to overcome the plasma fluid loss due to increased permeability of capillary blood vessels. Doctor Ety from RS Mitra Keluarga states, red guava juice only improve your physical condition in order to keep fit, so avoid the attack of DHF. There was no correlation between red guava juice and DHF.
Now, the red guava processed products are numerous and easily available in the market with different brands. Refined products in the form of juice in a glass cup, plastic bottle, and bottle paper facilitate the public to consume. There are made jelly in a plastic cup and cooled in a refrigerator. Once thickened, red guava jelly can be drunk directly.
Red guava can also be made of flour for making instant beverages, food supplements in infants, and other products. All products are processed it is a useful source of lycopene for the health of our bodies.


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