Nutritional properties of medlar

The medlar  ( Mespilus germanica ) is a tree of the Rosaceae family, of Chinese origin, but currently cultivated mainly in countries of Asia, Europe and America.

It produces orange and fleshy fruits, with a sweet taste and an acid touch, but also the medlar contains important vitamins and minerals for our body, highlighting sugars, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B, fiber, pectin, tannins and vitamin TO.

Nutritional properties of medlar

Potassium, vitamin B and vitamin C

The fresh medlar is a fruit very rich in potassium and in some B complex vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and niacin. It also has large amounts of vitamin C. Potassium is an essential component in cells and body fluids, which helps control blood pressure and prevents heart attacks.


The medlar is rich in a soluble fiber: pectin, which maintains the humidity of the colon and acts as a natural laxative . It is very beneficial as it protects the mucous membrane of the colon from toxic substances and prevents the appearance of cancer.

Vitamin A and antioxidants

Vitamin A and antioxidants strengthen the mucous membranes and skin. There are studies that indicate that eating loquats in large quantities prevents the development of oral and lung cancer.


Pectin reduces blood cholesterol levels, as it reduces its reabsorption by the body and eliminates it through excreta.


The medlar is a fruit rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, etc. Magnesium is involved in the synthesis of antioxidant enzymes, and copper and iron are used to make red blood cells.

 The medlar is very beneficial in cases of …

  • Diabetes: some studies indicate that some substances in medlar may reduce blood glucose levels.
  • They are recommended in case of overweight, since due to its high water and fiber content, it is a fruit that is a great ally in low-calorie diets that are used to lose weight, its presence of pectin helps to normalize cholesterol levels.
  • Highly recommended in cases of kidney diseases, since they have detoxifying power on the body, helping to eliminate toxins, but they are also excellent for fighting gout, uric acid and kidney stones .
  • The medlar has a diuretic effect and in enteritis it has an anti-inflammatory, inhibitory and regulating action on intestinal activity, which makes it suitable for delicate stomachs.
  • Regulatory action in cases of diarrhea: it is due to the composition of its pulp, which contains pectin, tannin and citric, tartaric and malic acids.
  • Cardiovascular problems: pectin has a protective action and also lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood.
  • Heavy digestions: the medlar also has virtues to help in heavy digestions.
  • Antiviral action: which is beneficial in respiratory conditions.

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