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Health benefits of Loquat

Loquat  is a popular fruit in Asia and available in Europe and parts of America. It has a long history, with references of this fruit can be traced in Chinese mythology and ancient texts.

The fruit while enjoyed for its taste and nutrients, leaves and seeds of loquat are used in traditional medicinal forms as remedy over respiratory and digestive disorders. Latest research has confirmed some of its uses as employed in traditional medicine. The fruit offer plethora of health benefits.

The loquat is low in saturated fat and sodium, and is high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese.

Like most related plants, the seeds (pips) and young leaves of the plant are slightly poisonous, containing small amounts of cyanogenic glycosides (including amygdalin) which release cyanide when digested, though the low concentration and bitter flavour normally prevent enough being eaten to cause harm.