Benefits of Loquat Leaf
Dr. Groups Detox Foot Pads® contain many wonderful natural healing substances. One of the most soothing and peaceful of these substances is the Loquat leaf. In this article, we're going to talk about what Loquat leaf is and its health benefits.
What Is Loquat Leaf?
Loquat leaf comes from the Loquat tree and helps to produce the Loquat fruit known as Eriobotrya japonica. It comes from the rose family and is sometimes called the Japanese plum leaf.
The Loquat tree is a moderately sized tree and can grow up to thirty feet. The Loquat leaves are evergreen and are five to twelve inches long and three to four inches wide. These beautiful leaves are glossed and dark-green.
Loquat leaves originate in the southeastern part of China and perhaps southern Japan, although some believe it was brought to Japan long ago by Chinese travelers. Legend has it that it has been grown in Japan for one thousand years.
Over the centuries, organic Loquats have increased in size. It comes in eight hundred sub-types in China and Japan and it varies in size and shape all over the world. It's typically pollinated by bees. It grows in subtropical and mild-temperate climates and grows at an altitude between three thousand and seven thousand feet in China.
Loquat fruit are often used as food and their skin can be peeled and eaten. They are often combined with other fruits. Loquat fruit and leaves have high concentrations of Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin A and Ascorbic Acid.
Organic Loquat Leaf is often used to make medicinal teas. The fruit is sometimes used as a sedative and is thought to reduce vomiting and thirst when ingested. Leaves can relieve diarrhea, depression and counteract intoxication. Leaves can also reduce swelling.
Some of these benefits are cited by Eastern tradition. But many of the traditional benefits have a scientific backing. We will discuss some of these benefits below.
Health Benefits of Organic Loquat Leaf
Loquat Leaf has been scientifically shown to have a large amount of incredible health benefits. And below are some uses for this natural herb that may surprise you.
- Loquat Leaf Aids Mucous Membranes
The extract of the Loquat leaf can be used in a variety of ways, In our Detox Foot Pads, the Organic Loquat Leaf extract will assist the body by acting as a mucolytic agent, which helps dissolve thick mucus that holds toxic compounds.
- Loquat Leaf Releases Antioxidants
We know that Loquat leaf helps your body to release anti-oxidants, the wonderful anti-aging agents that your body naturally produces.² Anti-oxidants have all kinds of benefits, especially the ability to neutralize harmful toxins. It is commonly used to prevent various diseases, increase immunity, and add life expectancy.
- Loquat Leaf Combats Diabetes
One of the Organic Loquat leaf's most impressive abilities is that it helps combat diabetes. Loquat leaf produces a variety of chemicals called triterpenes, one of which is called tormentic acid. Tormentic acid has been shown to increase insulin production which may help to reduce diabetes.³ It has been approved by the Chinese government as an anti-diabetic agent because it produces a set of natural bodily chemicals known as polysaccharides, which also increase insulin production.4
- Loquat Leaf Supports the Pancreas
The only way to fight Diabetes is to either supplement the pancreas's production of insulin or to help the pancreas produce insulin by regenerating its cells. But we have strong evidence that Organic Loquat Leaf supports pancreatic cells, which increases the production of insulin, helping diabetics in a natural way.4 Diabetes is a debilitating, degenerative disease. Insulin treatment helps, but anything that can assist the pancreas is of great help.
- Loquat Leaf Assists the Liver in Detoxifying Chemicals
The pancreas isn't the only bodily organ that Organic Loquat leaf helps. It also helps the liver. Loquat leaf contains a substance known as Amygdalin (B-17), and this substance is known to help combat liver disorders as well as supporting the livers ability to process and eliminate poisons in the body.² It is somewhat controversial as to how effective Amygdalin is in the support of liver problems, but many believe that the controversy is due largely to excessively Western modes of thinking about health. Amygdalin, incidentally, is thought to have its benefits through anti-oxidation effects.
- Loquat Leaf Fights Skin Inflammation
One of Loquat leaf's oldest reported benefits is the reduction of skin inflammation. And when Loquat leaf is used in topical cream, it can combat edema and histamine-induced skin contraction. In short, it helps the skin heal from inflammation of various kinds.5 Skin inflammation can often be painful and the soothing effect of Loquat leaf can be very beneficfial.
- Loquat Leaf Aids in the Fight Against Skin Cancer
Another benefit of Loquat leaf that's getting much exploration is it's ability to fight skin cancer as well. One of the major drugs that is used to combat the side effects of chemotherapy is adriamycin; Loquat leaf is thought to help reduce the side effects of this drug.² But what's most important is that Loquat leaf contains chemicals that can slow skin cancer.³ Loquat leaf has the unique ability to suppress cancer cells' ability to reproduce and grow.6 In this way, it can be a great asset to those with minor forms of skin cancer.
- Loquat Leaf Fights A Variety of Viruses
Standard viruses are subject to the power of the Loquat Leaf. There is evidence that suggests that the Loquat leaf produces a variety of acids that have an anti-viral effect. These acids produce antigens, which are anti-viral agents.³ Two of these chemicals are called megastimane glycosides and polyphenolic constituents which are known to produce viral antigens. Further, the triterpene chemicals help to directly reduce rhinovirus infections (colds of various kinds).8
- Loquat Leaf May Even Help Fight HIV
It may sound too good to be true, but there is even evidence that Loquat leaf can have a mild suppressive effect on the HIV virus. This use is possible because of the acids present in this herb. One of these acids in organic Loquat leaf is the 2-alpha-hydoxyursolic acid, and it has the anti-HIV effect.³
Why Loquat Leaf is Included in our Detox Foot Pads
There you have it. Organic Loquat leaf has many benefits. When packed into our Detox Foot Pads, Loquat leaf can aid your body in the elimination of toxic chemicals and organisms and produce health giving benefits.
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