Medlar seeds provide health benefits and properties, but we must be careful, since excessive consumption is very toxic to the body.
The medlar is an extremely delicious and nutritious fruit that we can enjoy during the months of March, April and May, as it is one of the many spring fruits that we can enjoy during these beautiful months of the year. Inside we find some wonderful seeds that, although we tend to discard and eliminate, do you know that they provide interesting health benefits?
Of course, medlar seeds are toxic in large quantities, since they can cause respiratory failure or the death of the affected person, so their consumption would only be advised in a controlled way, and always in small doses.
It is a very nutritious food that, however, has a low calorie content, so it becomes an ideal product if you are following a weight loss diet and you do not want the calories in fruits to be a problem for you.
However, despite many of the benefits of the medlar that this particular fruit provides, we are going to talk about the seeds of the medlar and its most interesting properties.
What are the benefits of medlar seeds when consumed in small quantities?
The seeds medlar are ideal when purifying our body and remove waste liquids and the body does not need, because of its interesting diuretic property.
In addition, it is rich in vitamins, mainly vitamins of group B. And it does not have a high caloric content.
If you want to enjoy them, it is best to make a preparation based on medlar seeds, which must be peeled and crushed in a liter of water. It is advisable to try to use as few seeds as possible. For example, use 1 or 2 loquat seeds at most.
Despite its benefits, we do not recommend the consumption of loquat seeds or other Rosaceae seeds, such as apricot or cherry seeds.
Why you should avoid excessive consumption of loquat seeds:
As we mentioned, medlar seeds are toxic, so their consumption is recommended only in a controlled way and supervised by a specialist, and always in small quantities.
The reason is that the seeds contain hydrogen cyanide (or cyanogenic glycosides), which is what gives it its particular bitter taste.
When cyanogenic glycosides are consumed in large quantities, intoxication tends to occur that can cause respiratory failure and end in something more serious: the death of the affected person.
Among the symptoms that excessive consumption of loquat seeds can produce, we can mention cyanosis. When it appears, the skin, mucous membranes, nails and gums turn bluish in color, due to the lack of oxygen in the blood. It is what is medically known as cyanotic color. If these signs appear, see a doctor urgently. In addition, other symptoms such as suffocation and the appearance of a breath with the smell of bitter almonds can also arise.
The same happens with another variety of pinkish fruit seeds, such as apricots or cherries, which can also be toxic when consumed in excess.
Therefore, as we see, despite the different benefits and qualities that medlar seeds can offer us, controlling what the appropriate amount could be without exceeding ourselves is certainly difficult, so the risk in this case does not compensate for the properties they provide.