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We all know fruits are the best source of vitamins, minerals, and many other nutrients. But some fruits are not very common in our daily use despite having high nutritious value and health benefits. One of those rarely eaten fruits is safarjal fruit.
Safarjal fruit has the scientific name Cydonia Oblonga. It belongs to the family rosacea, from which many other fruits like apple, pears, etc., belong. The name of safarjal fruit in English is Quince. Its cultivation was expected back in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. It was considered as the fruit depicting love and fertility.
The use of safarjal is not very common all over the world. As the research and scientific studies on safarjal fruit are at a budding stage, people know very little about its health benefits.
In Pakistan, Safarjal fruit is grown in northern areas like Muree, Kashmir, Sawat, and Mardaan. The safarjal fruit is available during the spring-summer season in Pakistan.
Nutritious Value of Safarjal Fruit:
The fruit is full of vitamins and fibre, that’s why it has many health benefits.
A single, safarjal fruit weighing 3.2-ounce provides the following;
- Calories: 52
- Fat: 0 grams
- Protein: 0.3 grams
- Carbs: 14 grams
- Fibre: 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
Safarjal Fruit Benefits:
Let’s discuss some of the essential health benefits of safarjal fruit;
Safarjal fruit has anti-oxidant properties that help protect body cells from damage by the free radicals and lower metabolic stress. The fruits also help in lowering inflammation.
Safarjal Benefits During Pregnancy:
Safarjal fruit is effective in controlling morning sickness and nausea in pregnant women. According to the research, the safarjal(quince) syrup is more effective than vitamin B6 in reducing nausea and vomiting in pregnant women.
The fruit is also helpful in increasing haemoglobin levels and prevents anaemia in pregnant women.
Safarjal is also considered a good fruit for a healthy pregnancy. It is believed that the safarjal fruit enhances fertility.
Safarjal Benefits For Digestion:
Safarjal fruit is also helpful in digestion. It helps in treating diarrhoea. The fruit has a high content of fibre that is good for the digestive system. The quince juice has anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the gut from tissue damage in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Researchers are conducting many studies on the safarjal fruit, and according to the experiments on rats, the safarjal fruit extract significantly reduce the tissue damage in ulcerative colitis. However, more studies are needed for the benefits of safarjal for the human digestive system.
Safarjal Benefits For Stomach:
Safarjal fruit also shows benefits for stomach health and prevents many stomach problems. It heals the stomach ulcers. According to studies, the safarjal fruit is also effective in inhibiting the growth of H.pylori infection.
So people with chronic stomach ulcer problems and H.pylori infection should eat safarjal fruit to get its maximum benefits.
Safarjal Benefits For Cardiovascular Health:
Safarjal fruit has anti-inflammatory agents like quercetin and kaempferol that reduce inflammation and protect the body against chronic illnesses like heart disease.
Safarjal fruit regulates blood pressure, and it is also helpful in controlling blood cholesterol levels, as it has high levels of fibre.
Safarjal For GERD:
Safarjal is very effective in GERD that is also known as acid reflux. According to the studies, the fruit helps in controlling acid reflux in children. More studies are needed on this fruit to know its benefits related to the digestive system.
Anti-viral Properties Of Safarjal:
Safarjal fruit has some anti-viral properties. It has phenolic compounds that help in fighting the viruses and shows potent activity against influenza. Safarjal fruit protects against cold, flu and other viral infections.
Safarjal Fruit And Immunity:
Safarjal fruit helps boost your immunity—the anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit help in protecting the body. The fruit has a significant amount of vitamin C that helps in increasing the body immunity.
Safarjal fruit also protects the body from different infections as it shows inhibiting properties against bacteria.
How To Eat Safarjal Fruit?
Safarjal fruit has hard flesh and skin. It has a strong typical astringent flavour. Many studies suggest that it should be eaten empty stomach in the morning to get maximum benefits.
Many people like to eat it after slightly cooking it until the flesh softens. But you can also eat the hard meat of safarjal in raw form.
You can add the cooked fruit in your salads, snacks, porridge, or with meat. You can also make safarjal jam and add it in your breakfast.
Safarjal (quince) fruit is full of multivitamins and minerals. It has potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The fruit has a lot of health benefits for pregnant mothers and unborn babies during pregnancy.
If you want to know more benefits of this fruit, you can consult the best nutritionists in Pakistan. As significantly less data is available related to safarjal fruit, you should seek medical expert advice to add this fruit to your diet in the proper quantity.
FAQs Related To Safarjal Fruit:
What is Safarjal Fruit?
Safarjal is a fruit that belongs to the rosacea family (family of apples, pears). It has a lot of health benefits.
What is safarjal fruit English name?
Safarjal fruit is called Quince in English.
What is another name of safarjal in Urdu?
Safarjal is also known as Bahi fruit in Urdu.
What are the health benefits of Safarjal fruit?
Safarjal fruit has a lot of health benefits like anti-oxidant properties, anti-inflammatory actions, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, etc. It prevents cardiovascular diseases, benefits the digestive system, is helpful in stomach ulcers, acid reflux, morning sickness in pregnancy, etc.
How to eat safarjal fruit?
You can eat safarjal fruit in raw form or you can slightly cook safarjal before eating. It has hard flesh that is not easy to eat.
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