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Loquat- discuss its benefits and its medicinal Uses

03 September, 2021 Ananya Das

A native fruit of cooler hilly regions of south-central China, Loquat belongs to the family of large evergreen shrubs from the Eriobotrya Japonica family. The fruits of the plant are useful since their knowledge to human-kind.

Due to its high nutritional content, beneficial for various applications. Looking into the contents of the fruit, it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese and dietary fiber content whereas possess sodium is in low quantities. Talking about energy content consumption of the fruit in 100g provides 197kJ of energy to the body. Besides, the fruit also has rich contents of sugar, acid, and pectin. All these make the fruit very beneficial for health and puts versatility in its use.

Now, let us look at some of the benefits provided by the loquat fruit.

  • Promotes cardiovascular health: The contents of loquat especially its mineral contents of potassium and manganese make it suitable to consume. It helps to regulate blood pressure and maintain artery function. Besides, it protects the heart from diseases by preventing inflammation and cellular damage. This accounts for the carotenoid (anti-oxidants) and phenolic compound content of the fruit.
  • Controls metabolic health: The fruit of loquat helps to lower the levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, and insulin in the body. Reduction in the amounts of these elements helps, in turn, to treat metabolic problems like high blood sugar.
  • Protects from diseases: The loquat fruit possesses high contents of carotenoid anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants are essential and helpful to boost the immune system. Enhancement in immunity helps to fight back any kind of sickness.
  • Prevents cancer growth: The credit of this benefit goes to the anti-oxidant content of the fruit. The presence of beta-carotene and vitamin A helps to reduce the risk of lung, colorectal, etc cancers. This is done by killing the cancer cells and preventing their further development and spread in the body.

Some of the frequently asked questions :

Q1.What are the risk factors associated with the fruit of loquat?

A: Not much is known about the risk factors associated with loquat fruit consumption but it is considered that some people may be allergic to its use, may cause mild reactions and in extreme cases may even lead to loss of breath. So, be careful while consuming it.

Q2.Do the seeds and leaves of the plant provide the same benefits as the fruit?

A: No, the seeds and leaves of the plant are very poisonous and are considered to cause severe harm to life if consumed in high amounts. But since the concentration of the poison is low in them and also they taste bitter, so, consuming it is restricted and hence the harm is saved.

Q3.What makes loquat perfect for the preparation of pies and pastries?

A: The slightly acidic and highly sweet taste and texture of the fruit provide it a perfect blend to be used for preparing pies and pastries. Besides, the items prepared to get the nutritional values of the fruit making it highly advantageous and healthy for consumption.

Q4.Why is loquat also used for medicinal purposes?

A: The loquat leaves and fruits both are engaged in medicinal purposes. The fruits of loquat can be used to counteract the problems of thirst, vomiting, and alcohol intoxication, whereas the leaves of the plant work well to treat problems like diarrhea and depression. Therefore, due to all these and many other unknown reasons, the plant is also used for medicinal purposes.

Q5.What kind of symbolism is associated with the loquat plant?

A: Performing exercises daily is the most important requirement to improve the aerobic fitness of your body. When talking about moderate-intensity exercise, it enhances the rate of breathing but never makes you feel out of breath whereas intense exercises make breathing deep and intense. Both these activities are essential and helpful in the improvement of your breathing. Besides, both types help to provide you with the extra benefit in situations when you need sudden high breathing requirements.

Conclusion:

The fruit of loquat is not very famous in India but its beneficial effects make it suitable to be used in neighboring countries and also in India via its various products. The application of the fruits and other plants parts accounts for the beneficial properties of the fruit but, care has to be taken as the seeds and leaves of the plant are slightly poisonous but in low concentration. Yet, higher consumption can lead o death. Even there are certain side effects associated with loquat fruit products usage which varies from person to person based on his health, age, and physiology. So, before starting its consumption test it carefully or consult your doctor.