POMEGRANATE AND IT’S IMPORTANCE
Possessing several benefits for the overall health of the body, pomegranate contains powerful plant compounds that gives it potent medicinal value.
The pomegranate, is a shrub that produces a red fruit, housing hundreds of edible seeds stuffed with fibres, minerals, vitamins, and of-course a unique taste quality.
Being so well-equipped, it is consumed as both -a raw fruit or processed as a juice. The peel of the fruit, also, poses many benefits to the hair, skin and health of the body.
With powerful medicinal components, nutrients powering the body, and the variant availability of it, gives pomegranate an important seat in the fruitful needs.
As it’s speciality, pomegranate packs two unique substances that results in most of it’s health benefits.
- Punicic Acid – The mentioned is the main fatty acid in the aril seeds of the fruit. It possesses a wide array of biological properties including antidiabetic, antiobesity and antiproliferative activities.
- Punicalagins – The pomegranate juice and peel houses extremely potent antioxidant, punicalagins, scaling about thrice the antioxidant value of green tea and red wine.
• The red fruit further contains fibre, minerals, Vitamin C, E and K, and protein, all in a very contributing amount for a good health.
• Additionally, pomegranate is also packed with anti-ageing properties.
As the outer juicy layer of the seeds, Aril, comprising most of the pomegranate nutrients and being in a number of hundreds in the fruit, there is not much limit to the benefits it can provide.
BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE
Widely used in baking, cooking, juice blends, smoothies, cocktails and as salad garnishing, the redfruit reasons it’s importance on our plates, and in our body.
POMEGRANATE AND THE SKIN
- Pomegranate keeps the skin youthful, as the antioxidants neutralises the effect of free radicals on our body.
- It further keeps wrinkles and saggy skin away as it stimulates keratinocyte (skin cells), by improving the cellular regeneration of the same.
- Being a rich source of Vitamin C, pomegranate contributes in keeping the skin hydrated for long, while also treating rough, dull and dry skin.
- With it’s anti-inflammatory properties, pomegranate cures acne or other breakouts on the skin.
- Additionally, the red-raver also deals with sun-damages and sunburns with components like polyphenol.
POMEGRANATE AND THE HAIR
- The punicic acid in the aril has been proven to strengthen hair follicles, thus enriching hair growth.
- The pomegranate hair oil also helps in hairfall treatment or simply keeping the hair nourished, as it has a stimulating effect on the scalp, increases circulation, and strengthens the blood vessels.
POMEGRANATE AND THE BODY
- The impressive anti-inflammatory effect of the fruit helps in coping with heart and Alzheimer disease. It can further reduce inflammation in the body.
- Pomegranate has proven to be a heart-friendly fruit as it improves the cholesterol profile and protects LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage.
- The two powerful plant compounds fights off bacterial and fungal infections in the body, while also beating infections and inflammations of the mouth (conditions like gingivitis, periodontitis and denture stomatitis)
- Being rich in dietary nutrients, pomegranate can improve exercise performance by increasing the blood flow of the body.
- Further, the activity of serum angiotensin-converting enzyme in the human body, helps pomegranate in reducing the blood pressure of the body.
- Lastly, being high in fibre and low in calories, pomegranate is an easy-go-to for a weight loss diet.
POMEGRANATE PEEL BENEFITS
Apart from in-house power, the pomegranate peel also holds beneficial value.
- The peel prevents breakdown of collagen, and when applied topically, it improves cell growth. They are also known for fighting pimples.
- The peel contains sun-blocking agents, protecting the skin from harmful UV rays.
- Furthermore, sun dried peel even contributes in soothing sore throats, lowering stress and cholesterol levels. For the mentioned use, the peel has to sun dried, powdered, and further garnished in the tea-recipes, face or hair masks for their potential benefits.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF POMEGRANATE
- People allergic to pomegranate may experience itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing if exposed to it in whatsoever manner.
- The root, stem and peel of the pomegranate can cause drastic affects to the body health if consumed in large amounts.
From consumption (raw or as processed juice) to appliance (fruit or peel), the red raver enriches the body health with it’s nutrients, and hence, gives a variety of options in it’s suitability with individualistic lifestyles. Though available throughout the year, it is recommended to reap all the pomegranate benefits in it’s peak season – September to February, for maximum quality results.
Vivek Roy is a trained natural cosmetic practitioner and blogger from India. He loves to write about natural and healthy ingredients and share the knowledge around the world. For more information about him visit his Luxury Ayurveda Beauty Store.