The pomegranate belongs to the Punicaceae‘s family. Its name comes Latin pōmum(apple) and grānātum (seeded). It was associated to the ‘forbidden fruit’ from the garden of Eden to be an apple, Iranians believe that Eve was tempted with a pomegranate! Its seeds have been used for medicinal purposes for millennia and represent about 52% of the weight of the whole fruit. They are used in cooking, baking, juices, smoothies and alcoholic beverages. This beautiful fruit contains three types of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins, giving it a nutritional boost. The bark, leaves, skin and rind as well as the edible bits of the fruit are used to cure about everything.
Pomegranate is called “Dadima” in Sanskrit. The main taste is considered to be astringent, but it also may contain the taste of sweet, sour and bitter. According to Ayurveda, sweet pomegranate is Tridosha – balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Sour pomegranate balances Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta.
15 Amazing Benefits of Pomegranate
1. Support your kidneys and liver, and see the results in your skin
It helps them to expel harmful toxins through its cleansing process. It protects the liver, and it helps in the rebuilding process in case of damage due to alcohol or substance abuse, replenishing its natural functioning. Skin disorders start in the liver. When the liver is taxed and overheated, the skin comes to rescue by helping the liver detoxify the blood. Blood toxins come to the surface and irritate your skin. When this happens your skin will look inflamed, hot, and puffy. The liver cleansing & nourishing qualities of pomegranate restores its strength adding beauty to the skin.
It slows down ageing process by reducing wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, scrapes, bruises and pimples; its punicic acid provides hydration, its omega 3 fatty acid; speeds up the process of healing of wounds and extends the life of fibroblasts responsible for the production of collagen and elastin increasing glowing skin. It heals damaged due to sun exposure. It soothes and softens the skin.
2. Support your pregnancy
Its powerful mix of vitamins and minerals including folic acid and antioxidants ensures healthy blood flow (which prevents any baby ‘brain damage), potassium, vitamin C, E and K, B5 and other vitamin B complex, niacin, folate, iron, copper, manganese, calcium, and fiber, lower the risk of premature child birth. The potassium content prevents leg cramps and morning sickness and nausea. It eases the pregnancy stimulating bowel movement. It also reduces oxidative stress in the placenta. It is pretty much safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
3. Boost your digestion
It improves the digestion. It is beneficial for people with Crohn’s disease, ulcerate colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases. It induces hunger, controls thirst, and its fibers, help to improve digestion and regulate bowel movement. It also stops diarrhea. Its juice is an excellent to soothe the pain and inflammation caused by severe diarrhea with blood and mucus in stools. The sour version, encourage the secretions in the digestive tract and salivary glands (which improve taste, digestion, and regular elimination with a carminative action) .Their watery nature alleviates dryness, hydrating both the skin and internal membranes such as the colon. It calms heartburn, gas and bloating.
4. Prevent cancer
The highest antioxidant values and nutritional components (luteolin, ellagic, anthocyanins, hydrolysable tannins, and punicic acids) protects cells from free radical damage and stimulates the white blood cells to neutralize toxins, induces apoptosis (a process where the cells destroy themselves), blocks aromatase (enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen) preventing breast, lung and prostate and skin cancers. Its 100 phytochemicals also help to prevent and even slow the growth of various types of cancers, including the ones in the skin.
5. Balance your blood pressure
It reduces lesions and inflammation of blood vessels, since it is an anti-coagulant, and an effective blood thinner, facilitating the smooth flow of blood throughout the body and controls your blood pressure short and long term. They are cooling, its pitta pacifying qualities, calm pitta in the mind and make it useful for high blood pressure. Its effect in the body is cleansing the blood, it is alkaline. Tones the blood and rebuilds fluids with the production of red blood cells.
6. Anti-inflammatory and cartilage regeneration properties
Anti-inflammatory effects in several parts of body. It helps neutralizing inflammation, protecting against piles, and other diseases as arthritis. Ease menstrual phase. It decreases biomarkers of oxidative stress. It inhibits the enzymes responsible for damaging the cartilage in patients suffering from osteoarthritis and bone inflammation. Flavonols help block the inflammation that contributes to osteoarthritis and cartilage damage.
7. Boost your immune system, anti-allergic properties
Its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties help fighting viruses and bacteria. It has the highest potential to inhibit the transmission of HIV. It vitamin C content improves resistance and strengthen our immune system. It soothes asthma and significantly reduces the soreness and redness in the throat, soothing the respiratory tract. It prevents illness and fight off infection and viruses. Its polyphenol compounds inhibit and keep under control the biochemical processes linked to allergic symptoms.
8. Prevent anemia, no need of multi vitamins supplements
The fruit is filled with great amounts vitamins A, C, E, K, and B5. It’ s high amount of iron content compensates any deficit of red blood cells so it is especially beneficial for women after menstruation. Other vitamin B complex compounds are also present in this fruit which include pantothenic acid, folates, pyridoxine which have lots of health benefits. Pomegranate is also full of minerals including calcium, potassium, copper and manganese that give a proper balanced nutrition for good health.
9. Fortify the arteries, strengthening the heart
It reduces cholesterol and destroys free radicals in the vascular system. It’ s anti-oxidants break down lipoprotein (LDL) and improve HDL or good cholesterol in the body. It prevents the buildup of plaque in the arteries, keeping them flexible, decreasing the inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels.
10. Aids weight loss
Its soluble and insoluble fiber increases satiety, increase bulk of the stool and expels fat and toxins from the body. It regulates blood sugar levels. Its fructose does not elevate the blood sugar levels and it gets absorbed into the blood slowly without causing sugar spikes, improving insulin sensitivity. It reduces inflammation, and other issues related to the contribution to obesity and diabetes, fighting metabolic syndromes.
11. Improves memory
Polyphenols has been linked to aiding brain health by improving memory in older adults. It increases markers of verbal and visual memory putting away mild memory complaints for long-term. In case of Alzheimer’s diseases slows the degenerative process.
12. Treat erectile dysfunction, increase libido and fertility
It promotes healthy sexual functioning in men. Researchers linked the results may be due to its antioxidant content, which stop free radical molecules from inhibiting blood flow in the penis. Since ancient times, Pomegranates have been considered as a symbol of fertility. Its antioxidants and ability to impact oxidative stress make it a potential fertility aid. Oxidative stress causes sperm dysfunction and decrease fertility in women. Drinking pomegranate juice can also increase testosterone levels (one of the main hormones behind sex drive) in men and women.
13. Increase endurance improving your performance
Pomegranate is a sport performance enhancer. It reduces soreness and speeds up the recovery time, reinforcing the body strength. It was used in ancient times for heart and muscle strength.
14. Prevent plaque formation
The hydro alcoholic extract compounds in pomegranate exhibit strong antiplaque effects, lowering dental plaque formation.
15. Hair care
When consumed regularly helps strengthen the hair follicles preventing hair fall and giving the hair a healthy and lustrous look. You can drink its juice and also apply it on your scalp, massage it and rinse it with leuk warm water afterwards.
Things to consider before buying kilos of Pomegranates ;)!
This is one the magic fruits considered as Jewels of nature, after knowing all its benefits some people jump into 14-21 days pomegranate program diet as a reset, without considering below points which creates more harm than good. Everything in excess, even the most amazing food will create imbalance, besides the extra stress which your body must be exposed to due to radical changes. Long term balance and equilibrium always win! These are the consequences of consuming suddenly kilos and kilos of Pommegranates during followed programs without supervision:
- Allergic Symptoms: People with active asthma should be especially careful before drinking pomegranate juice. Reactions include nausea, vomiting, hives, red itchy eyes and difficulty breathing.
- Low Blood Pressure: Avoid it in combination with prescription medicines or herbs designed to lower blood pressure, as it will lead to fatal hypotension.
- High Sugar Content: Its high sugar content makes it unsuitable in excess for diabetic people.
- Digestive Disorders: Excessive pomegranate fruit and juice consumption can lead to gastrointestinal tract problems such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Also avoid intake of oily food along with pomegranate.
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