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    8 Emerging Health Benefits of Quince

    Quince (Cydonia oblonga) is an ancient fruit native to various parts of Asia and the Mediterranean.

    Its cultivation can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome, where it served as a symbol of love and fertility. Although considerably less common today, quinces are close relatives of popular fruits like apples and pears

    They’ve been used in folk medicine for decades, but scientific research on their benefits is still in the early stages

    Here are 8 emerging health benefits of quince, plus a few simple tips for including it in your diet.

    Quince still attached to a piece of branch

    1. Rich in nutrients

    Quinces contain fiber and several essential vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious addition to almost any diet.

    A single, 3.2-ounce (92-gram) quince provides the following

    • Calories: 52
    • Fat: 0 grams
    • Protein: 0.3 grams
    • Carbs: 14 grams
    • Fiber: 1.75 grams
    • Vitamin C: 15% of the Daily Value (DV)
    • Thiamine (vitamin B1): 1.5% of the DV
    • Vitamin B6: 2% of the DV
    • Copper: 13% of the DV
    • Iron: 3.6% of the DV
    • Potassium: 4% of the DV
    • Magnesium: 2% of the DV

    As you can see, this fruit supplies moderate amounts of vitamin C and copper, plus small amounts of B vitamins, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

    While not extraordinarily rich in any specific compound, quinces offer a wide array of nutrients for very few calories.

    SUMMARYQuinces are low in calories and boast a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious fruit.

    2. Contain potent antioxidants

    Many of the benefits associated with quinces can be attributed to the fruit’s rich supply of antioxidants.

    Antioxidants reduce metabolic stress, lower inflammation, and protect your cells against damage by free radicals, which are unstable molecules

    Some research suggests that some antioxidants in quinces, including flavonols like quercetin and kaempferol, reduce inflammation and safeguard against chronic illnesses like heart disease

    SUMMARYQuinces offer a rich supply of antioxidants, which may reduce metabolic stress and inflammation while protecting your cells from free radical damage.

    3. May help manage pregnancy-induced nausea

    Some of the most common symptoms during early pregnancy are nausea and vomiting.

    Some research indicates that quinces may help relieve these symptoms.

    One study in 76 pregnant women noted that 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of quince syrup was significantly more effective than 20 mg of vitamin B6 at reducing pregnancy-induced nausea

    Although these results are promising, more research is needed.

    SUMMARYA recent study found quince syrup to be significantly more effective than vitamin B6 at reducing pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting. Still, more studies are necessary.

    4. May relieve digestive issues

    Quinces have long been used in traditional and folk medicine to treat a variety of digestive disorders

    Recent research suggests that quince extract may protect gut tissue against damage related to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis.

    In a study in rats with ulcerative colitis, those given quince extract and juice had significantly reduced colon tissue damage, compared with the control group .

    Still, human studies are needed.


    Though human research is necessary, an animal study suggests that quinces may protect against gut damage associated with IBD.

    5. May treat stomach ulcers

    Early research suggests that plant compounds in quinces may help prevent and treat stomach ulcers.

    In a test-tube study, quince juice inhibited the growth of H. pylori, a bacterium known to cause stomach ulcers

    Meanwhile, a study in rats found that quince extract protected against alcohol-induced stomach ulcers

    Although these results are encouraging, additional research is needed.

    SUMMARYTest-tube and animal research indicates that quinces may safeguard against stomach ulcers, but human studies are needed.

    6. May reduce acid reflux symptoms

    Several studies suggest that quince syrup may help manage symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux.

    A 7-week study in 80 children with acid reflux found that supplementing with quince syrup daily was as effective as medication that’s traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of this condition

    In a study in 137 pregnant women, a 10-mg dose of quince syrup taken after meals was likewise shown to be as effective as traditional medication at relieving acid reflux symptoms .

    Additionally, in a 4-week study in 96 children with acid reflux, using quince concentrate alongside traditional medication improved symptoms — such as vomiting, food aversion, burping, and abdominal pain — to a greater extent than taking the medication alone

    Nonetheless, more studies are needed.

    SUMMARYA handful of studies suggest that quince syrup is as effective as traditional medications used to manage acid reflux symptoms.

    7. May protect against certain allergic reactions

    Quinces may alleviate various allergy symptoms by suppressing the activity of certain immune cells responsible for allergic reactions

    Gencydo, a commercial allergy medication, combines lemon juice and quince fruit extract. A few small studies support its ability to prevent and treat mild allergic reactions, such as runny nose and asthma

    Additionally, mice studies note that quince fruit and seed extracts may prevent and treat artificially induced allergic dermatitis. Yet, it remains unclear whether they would have the same effect in people

    While some experts speculate that quince products may be a safe alternative to traditional allergy medications, more research is needed.

    SUMMARYCompounds in quince may fight common, mild allergic reactions like inflamed skin, runny nose, and asthma. However, further studies are needed.

    Quinces may support your immune system.

    Several test-tube studies reveal it has antibacterial properties that may help prevent the overgrowth of certain harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and S. aureus

    Additionally, a single quince packs 15% of the DV for vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy, functioning immune system .

    One fruit likewise provides 6–8% of the daily recommendation for fiber. Adequate fiber intake supports the healthy bacteria living in your digestive tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome

    Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome may reduce inflammation and improve resistance to infections from harmful bacteria in your digestive tract .

    SUMMARYQuinces contain vitamin C and fiber, two nutrients that support a healthy immune system. They may also have antibacterial properties.

    How to eat them

    Unlike more popular fruits, quinces are rarely eaten raw. Even when ripe, raw quinces have very a tough flesh and sour, astringent flavor.

    Thus, most quince lovers agree that the fruit is best eaten cooked.

    After slicing a quince, place it in a pot with water and a small amount of sugar, letting it simmer until the flesh softens. You can also experiment with adding spices like vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and star anise.

    You can eat cooked quince on its own or use it to top oatmeal, yogurt, or roasted pork. It also makes a delicious addition to fruit tarts and pies.

    What’s more, you can make quince jam. However, you should be mindful of the sugar content, as jam tends to be high in added sugar and easy to overeat.

    The bottom line

    Quinces are an ancient fruit with a unique flavor and several potential benefits.

    They may help treat digestive disorders, allergies, and high blood sugar, though more research is needed.

    Unlike other fruits, quinces aren’t eaten raw. Instead, they’re best cooked or turned into jam.

    If you’re interested in spicing up your fruit routine, give quinces a try

    Source: healthline

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