We are used to the fact that before consuming any fruit, we must peel it and necessarily remove the seeds, if there are any. This part of the plants is usually harder, difficult to digest and that is the reason why it is ignored. This in most cases deprives us of various nutrients.
Each quince seed is rich in biologically active substances that are a catalyst for biochemical processes in the body. In the seeds is the essence of the genetic material from which the plant develops. Its consumption renews the body, charges it with the power of the fruit.
Another advantage of the seed is that it is a ballast and with it improves the passage of the intestines. Since they collect all the useful substances of the whole plant, the seeds have a positive effect on health. For this purpose, it is necessary to tear the hard shell, because otherwise the body discards them unused.
From this base we can predict what the quince seed can give us. Besides vitamins A and C; most B vitamins; minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sugars, the seed additionally provides substances that serve medicinal purposes.
A large percentage of mucilage is found in the seed coating. By soaking, a solution is obtained from the mucus, which has a softening and anti-inflammatory effect in case of inflammation of the respiratory organs and the digestive system.
It is recommended that quince seeds are soaked in cold water to prevent the extraction of the contained glycoside amygdalin, which is a poisonous substance. The extract is used for laryngitis, pharyngitis and gastroenteritis complaints.
Herbalists advise when taking medicines that irritate the stomach to consume quince with the seeds, so that the mucilaginous substance can quench the harmful effect of the medicine.
In a suitable solution, the seed is also used against chapped and burnt skin. For external use, a medicine is prepared by soaking the seeds in water and shaking them vigorously, until a mucos liquid is obtained.
In folk medicine, it is recommended to drink a decoction of quince seeds mixed with the coltsfoot herb for persistent coughs.
In the past, breast-feeding women's breasts were smeared with boiled quince seeds, because of the anti-inflammatory effect, that the seeds of this wonderful fruit have.