Health Benefits Of Loquat

The organic acids contained in loquat can stimulate the secretion of digestive glands which have the functionality of enhancing appetite, aid in digestion and quench of the thirst. Moreover, the amygdalin contained in loquat fruits can facilitate the functions of the lungs and have antitussive and expectorant properties which are helpful in the treatment of various cough symptoms. Frequent consumption of loquat fruits and their leaves can increase the ability of resistance to influenza virus. The loquat leaf tea made from dry loquat leaves are able to assist in the treatment of the vomiting and hiccup symptoms.

Although loquat fruits have many health benefits for human body, there are some taboos you should pay attention. One of the most important things to remember is that the loquat kernel is poisonous and you should avoid eating them in any situations. Also, you should control the amount of loquat consumption and avoid overdose. Since loquat fruits are rich in high sugar content, patients with diabetes should avoid eating them accordingly.

When buying the loquat fruits from the market, there are some tips for your to pick up and store these fruits. Usually, loquat should be stored in cool and dry place. The color of their skin will turn into black if placed in the refrigerator for a long time because of too much moisture. Due to the phenolic substances contained in loquat, their skin will be easily discolored into brown in a short time. To prevent discoloration, they can be immersed into cold water, sugar water or salty water. Also, you should always eat mature fruits to avoid some health issues.

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