Quince has been traditionally used in some countries for thousands of years to treat or prevent various health problems and diseases. In fact, there are many areas of health where quinces naturally help to improve.
The quince was already 2,000 BC. Cultivated in western Asia and even cultivated in the Caucasus 4,000 years ago. About 600 BC There is evidence of cultivation in Greece and today quinces grow almost all over Europe.
Quince has been used as a food for a long time and is also used as a home remedy to treat medical problems. Quinces contain many vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals and trace elements. For example, the fruit provides sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, fluorine and manganese.
According to a study, other healthy components of quince are tannic acids, organic acids, pectin and at least 26 polyphenols. Quince kernels also contain healthy fats and mucilage. However, it should be pointed out that quince seeds also contain 1.5 percent amygdalin, which splits off hydrocyanic acid with water and the enzyme compound emulsin.
Quince leaf extracts
In particular, extracts made from the leaves of the quince have long been used as home remedies to treat health problems, with the effect being attributed to the high content of phenolic compounds (especially so-called tannins).
According to a study, drying the leaves can help to improve the extraction of the phenolic compounds, and higher temperatures (infusion or decoction) also seem to increase the extraction of the plant substances. These include the flavanols (main group of flavonoids).
Health Benefits of Flavonoids
Flavonoids are responsible for the red, blue, light yellow and purple color in many types of fruit and vegetables and, according to the German Nutrition Society (DGE), can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.
According to study results, extracts made from quince seeds are also effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis. The antibacterial activity is due to the tanning agents it contains.
In addition, the extract can inhibit the growth of Aspergillus niger (also known as black mold), a fungus that causes invasive infections of the lungs that are fatal if left untreated. According to the researchers, it is also possible to significantly lower blood pressure with the help of quince extract.
Traditional use of quince as a home remedy
Traditionally, the quince is also used to treat stomach problems, diarrhea, colds, constipation, bad breath and inflammation of the throat and pharynx.
In addition, quince is also said to have an effect against bronchitis, heartburn, high blood pressure and various gastrointestinal diseases.
A paste made from quince or its leaves can also be used as a home remedy for sunburn, pressure sores, burns, dry skin and painful nipples.
Taken together, quince, quince leaves, and quince extracts provide numerous health benefits and can be effective in treating and preventing various health conditions. The possible uses of quince as a home remedy should by no means be underestimated. (as)