The loquat tree, or otherwise recognized as the Eriobotrya japonica is a highly beneficial subtropical tree health wise. It has been used for centuries in the treatment of various ailments.
This tree produces edible fruits high in nutrients, but the leaves show great therapeutic power. They have been commonly used for the preparation of tea which consumption can regulate the blood pressure, cleanse the kidneys, and control the insulin.
This fruit tree is native in southeastern China and in southern Japan. According to many botanists this tree was imported to Japan by Chinese travelers a long time ago. The fruit resembles both the mango and peach, both in taste and appearance.
The fruit of the loquat tree is consumed by numerous cultures for culinary and healing purposes. Both the fruits and the leaves show a rich content of iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin C.
As a result of its valuable content these leaves show a wide range of health advantages.
Health Benefits of the Loquat Leaves
They can fight off diabetes due to the content of numerous chemicals known as triterpenes. In these chemicals the most valuable is the ternic acid which can elevate the insulin production and also lower the symptoms related to diabetes as per performed study by the University of Okayama, Japan. Another study conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University revealed that this acid is also beneficial in the regulation of blood sugar levels as it produces a set of natural body chemicals named as polysaccharides. These compounds can as well as raise the insulin production.
The loquat leaves are promoting the health of the kidneys because the control of the diabetes and the blood pressure lowers the risk of developing kidney disease.
Regulate blood pressure
These leaves are packed with potassium which is highly needed for keeping an electrolyte balance which offers a good blood pressure. Plus, they have in their content minerals like copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, vitamin A and folate that are great assistance in regulating high blood pressure and lowering the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Release of antioxidants
The loquat leaves assist the body in releasing antioxidants which can fight off the damaging free radicals as per a performed study by Kochi Medical School Hospital, Japan. This ability boosts the immunity thus protecting the body against many diseases which in turn increases the lifespan.
Supports mucous membranes
The organic extract of the loquat leaves acts as a mucolytic agent and in that way promotes the body’s natural detoxification process. It dissolves the thick mucus which stores toxic compounds.
The loquat leaves produce a wide spectrum of acids having an antiviral effect, as per a released study in the Journal of Natural Products. These acids produce antigens which are antiviral agents like megastiguan glycosides and polyphenolic components which also have the ability to produce viral antigens. On the other hand, the triterpene chemicals fight rhinovirus, or colds.
The loquat leaf has in its content a compound named as Amygdalin (B-17), which can help in the battle against various liver disorders and at the same time promote the ability of the liver in processing and removing the toxins from the body.
Relieve skin redness
This is probably one of the oldest benefits of these leaves. Applied topically, it can fight edema and cutaneous contraction induced by histamine. They can successfully soothe the skin and as well as balance the skin as per a Japanese research released in the scientific journal Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin.
A Japanese Loquat Leaf Tea
In a saucepan pour some water and when it reaches its boiling point, add 1 scoop of crushed Japanese loquat leaves. Leave it to simmer for 10 minutes, and after that remove the pan from heat.
For optimal effects, consume 1 cup of this tea on daily basis, that is, until you obtain the wanted results. Avoid the use of sweetener as in that way you will lower the amazing benefits of this tea.