Quince is a rather unusual fruit that is closely related to apples and pears. Its scientific name is Cydonia oblonga. It is the only member of its genus Cydonia. The quince tree is deciduous and rather small, while the valuable ripened fruit is yellowish-gold color and somewhat similar to pears in shape and consistency.
You can utilize quince in jams, jellies, juices and so on, as well as use them in a similar way to pears as a side dish or a breakfast food. Dried quince can be used as a tea and ground dried quince is an excellent refreshing flavoring agent. Different countries use quince in different ways. The real nutritional benefit of quince is in the skin and the fruit. It is packed with beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds and antioxidants.
Quince is a rich source of vitamin C, zinc, potassium, copper and iron. Also, quince is rich in certain organic compounds like catechin, epicatechin, limonene, and various other phytonutrients, all of which contribute to the health benefits of quince and make it highly suitable for utilization in skin care products.
Besides the fruit itself Quince seeds and quince leafs are also rich in valuable organic compounds and well suited for use in skin and hair care products, these especially are the subject of our ongoing research. In collaboration with several renowned institutes and universities in Lithuania and Latvia where the Quince fruit is highly underutilized. This has so far led to the development of several of our products. Valuable antioxidants are derived from these materials. Protecting the skin from harmful environmental effects while also contributing to waste reduction in the fruit processing industries.
Other Quince skin care benefits include:
- Allergic Reactions: Quince has long been praised for its ability to control allergic reactions. When applied as a salve or gel on the skin, it can benefit atopic dermatitis and other similar skin conditions. The high levels of vitamin C also help to control inflammation and improve the health and appearance of your skin.
- Immune System Booster: As mentioned earlier, quince has a huge amount of antioxidants, but the other vitamins, such as vitamin C and E, also boost the immune system in various ways. For example, vitamin C stimulates the immune system to increase the supply of white blood cells, which are the first line of defense against pathogens, viruses, and bacteria in the body.
- Circulation and Hair Health: The rich mineral content of quince includes iron, copper, and zinc. These three minerals, along with various other trace elements, are necessary for the production of red blood cells. When red blood cell production is high, then circulation around the body increases, which means that oxygen is carried throughout the body. This causes increased blood flow to the skin and scalp, which can increase hair follicle health and stimulate growth.
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