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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Health Benefits of Quince fruit for your body and Beauty


What are the Health Benefits of Quince fruit for your body and Beauty

The quince (Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossom and other ornamental qualities.

The tree grows 5 to 8 metres (16 and a half feet to 26 feet) high and 4 to 6 metres (13 feet to 19 and a half feet) wide. The fruit is 7 to 12 centimetres (3 to 5 inches) long and 6 to 9 centimetres (2 to 3 and a half inches) across.

It is native to rocky slopes and woodland margins in South-west Asia, Turkey and Iran[2] although it can be grown successfully at latitudes as far north as Scotland. It should not be confused with its relatives, the Chinese Quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis, or the Flowering Quinces of genus Chaenomeles.

The immature fruit is green with dense grey-white pubescence, most of which rubs off before maturity in late autumn when the fruit changes colour to yellow with hard, strongly perfumed flesh. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, 6–11 cm (2–4 in) long, with an entire margin and densely pubescent with fine white hairs. The flowers, produced in spring after the leaves, are white or pink, 5 cm (2 in) across, with five petals.

Health benefits of quince fruit

  • Quince is low calorie fruit. 100 g fresh raw fruit provides 57 calories. It composes several vital poly-phenolic antioxidants higher concentration than apples and pears. The fruit actually is the storehouse of vital phyto-nutrients such as dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Quince pulp along with its peel holds good amounts of dietary fiber. Further, its gritty granules in the flesh compose of astringent compounds known as tannins, namely catechin and epicatechin. These phytochemicals bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon, protecting its mucousa from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cancers, and diverticulitis. In addition, tannins help reduce body weight and blood LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Quince has several phenolic compounds such as caffeoylquinic acid, procyanidin-B2, oligomeric procyanidin, polymeric procyanidin etc., and essential oils like furfural, limonene, linalol, vomifoliol, toluene, ß-ionone, a-terpineol, etc. Together, these compounds give quince its unique fragrance.
  • Ripe quince fruit carry good levels of vitamin-C. 100 g fruit provides 15 mg or 25% of RDA of vitamin-C. Vitamin-C helps remove harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body. It helps boost immunity, reduce viral episodes, and inflammatory conditions.
  • The fruit is a good source of minerals such as copper (130 µg or 14% of RDA), iron, potassium, and magnesium as well as B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).
  • Although not well documented, quince fruit like in pears, has anti-allergenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. The fruit as well its seed's extraction is suggested in the treatment of cystitis, atopic dermatitis, and recommended by health practitioners as a safe alternative in the preparation of food products for allergy sufferers.
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