Loquat Fruit, also known as Japanese plum, is a yellow fruit that comes in clusters. It originally comes from China and is grown in many parts of the world especially in Japan, Spain, Italy and South America. It belongs to the family of Rosaceae as well as apples, pears, quinces, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, raspberries and strawberries. The loquat fruit has a yellow to orange skin and contains several brown seeds. Its pulp, which is between white and light orange colour, has a sweet taste but somewhat tangy in aftertaste. Not only it is delicious and refreshing, but also contains a high amount of vitamins and minerals important for the body. For its high content in nutrients and healing substances, it is advised for people with hepatic, renal, intestinal and respiratory conditions. Loquat fruit can be consumed fresh, or in casseroles and desserts, sauces, jellies, jams and baked products. It is recommended to let it ripen at room temperature and then consumed as soon as possible.
- Vitamins: This fruit is a direct source of vitamin A and antioxidants which strengthens the mucous membranes and skin. It is also contains some B vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and niacin. It also has large amounts of vitamin C. Studies indicate that eating loquats in large quantities prevents the formation of oral cancer and lung.
- Minerals: Loquats are also rich in minerals like potassium, iron, copper, calcium and manganese among others. Potassium is an essential component in cells and body fluids that helps control blood pressure and prevent heart attacks. Magnesium is involved in the synthesis of antioxidant enzymes, and copper and iron are used to produce red blood cells.
- Fibre: Loquat fruit is rich in soluble soluble fibre, pectin, which keeps moisture in the colon and acts as a natural laxative. In this way, the mucous membrane of the colon of toxic substances is protected and the occurrence of cancer is prevented in the system.
WARNING: Loquat seeds contain some toxic substances to the body. So it is necessary to remove them when eating the fruit or make any preparation. It is especially important to supervise children when they are ingesting.
- Diabetes: Some studies indicate that some substances contained in the loquat could reduce glucose levels in the blood.
- Weight Loss: Recommended if overweight thanks to their high content in water and fibre. It is a great ally in low-calorie diets and used to lose weight.
- Kidneys: Highly recommended in cases of kidney disease, as it cleanses the body, helping to eliminate toxins, but are also great for fight gout, uric acid and kidney stones.
- Bladder: Loquat fruit has diuretic effect and exerts inhibitory enteritis and regulating the intestinal anti-inflammatory activity, making it suitable for sensitive stomachs.
- Diarrhea: Regulatory action in cases of diarrhea due to the composition of its pulp which contains pectin, tannin and citric, tartaric and malic acids.
- Cholesterol: Apparently it has been confirmed that it protects from cardiovascular problems. In fact, its pectin reduces blood cholesterol levels, since it limits its re-absorption by the body and is eliminated through the stool.
- Digestion: Loquat fruit also has virtues to aid in digestions.
- Antiviral: It has antiviral actions which are beneficial for respiratory conditions.