Did you know that the medlar is known as the 'beauty fruit'? And not because in ancient times it was used as an ornamental tree in Japan or China, where it originates from. Its multiple properties for caring for the skin, hair or nails have earned it this name.
Spain is the second world producer of medlars. This fruit, belonging to the same family as cherries, plums, pears or apples, provides numerous health benefits: medlars have cleansing and toning propertiesThey are diuretics, take care of the liver, the digestive system or the eyesight.
But also, this Spring delicacy, in season from April to May, has earned its fame as an ally of beauty. We tell you why it is considered a powerful interior cosmetic!
Protects and cares for the skin
Regular consumption of medlars, also called 'Japanese plum', helps to keep the skin smooth and young, as it produces a toning effect on the dermis. Thus, the orange color of this fruit is due to its beta-carotene content, natural pigments that when ingested are transformed into vitamin A, whose most visible benefit is focused on the skin.
Loquats are also served with vitamin C, with an antioxidant effect, and group B vitamins (B1, B6, B2, B9), related to cell metabolism. As if that were not enough, they contain a high percentage of water (of every 100 grams, 85 are water) and high levels of calcium, potassium and phosphorus, apart from iron or iodine, among other minerals. A healthy cocktail with visible effects on the skin.
Strengthens the health of hair and nails
Scientific studies have revealed the benefits of loquat for strengthening hair and nails, which also maintain a healthier appearance.
Helps delay aging
The current high levels of pollution, added to the intense pace of life today, mainly in large cities, cause numerous skin problems and hinder cell regeneration. "The consumption of this fruit helps to counteract the harmful effects of stress on the skin," they explain in agroterra.
In addition, due to its antioxidant power, regular consumption of medlars combats aging and the effect of free radicals, apart from keeping cells and tissues in shape.
Ideal to take care of the line
Loquats are satiating due to their high fiber content. To this goodness is added another: they have very few calories, which is why they are highly recommended for those who maintain weight loss diets.
For reasons like these, medlars, the first stone fruit that Spring gives us, in addition to taking care of the line, feed beauty naturally. Of course, as in the Cinderella story, in which the spell only lasts until midnight, the loquat season is very brief. Until May we will try to make the most of its magical effects!