Pomegranate and its properties for health and beauty
Pomegranate is known to be a very powerful antioxidant. Its properties make it a very popular fruit all over the world.
It has origins in Western Asia, its growth is favored in mild climate areas, but if in a sheltered position, it can also be grown in areas with cooler weather.
Similar in size to an apple, it has a yellow leathery skin and contains numerous seeds and a juicy, slightly sour pulp.
Its beneficial properties were already known in ancient times: its root, once cooked in wine, was used as a vermifuge and the skin was used in the case of a lazy bowel. The film around the seeds was particularly appreciated for the preparation of refreshing drinks.
The nutritive properties
Pomegranate is very rich in antioxidants, vitamin C (only one pomegranate contains almost 20% of the total daily requirement), vitamin K, vitamin B, vitamin A, proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
It is rich in potassium, which facilitates the correct performance of cellular functions. It also contains other minerals, including iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and to a lesser extent, manganese and zinc. The pomegranate, moreover, is low in calories: about 60 Kcal per 100 grams of product.
As an anticancer
The best known properties of pomegranate are the anti-tumor properties: the tannins and the polyphenols contained in it that reduce free radicals, perform a powerful action against tumors. In particular, conflicting effects on breast and prostate cancer were detected. In pomegranate juice we find anthocyanins that perform a protective action against damage from UVA rays, one of the main causes of skin cancer.
Accomplice of the heart
Pomegranate juice can act as an anticoagulant reducing the risk of arteriosclerosis. It also performs a preventive action in cardiovascular diseases.
Consuming pomegranate juice regularly also helps reduce LDL cholesterol, and increase HD cholesterol.
In case of anemia
It contains iron in high quantities that can increase hemoglobin levels in the blood by reducing anemia.
Recent studies show that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day creates a barrier effect against the development of Alzheimer’s.
It fights gastric disorders and intestinal parasites
Its juice is a weapon against hemorrhoids, nausea and intestinal parasites (including even the “famous” solitary worm). The seeds, chopped and prepared as a decoction, help fight diarrhea.
The juice can be used as a laxative, but also as an appetite stimulator.
Pomegranate for beauty
Its ability to reduce blood clots facilitates circulation, thus helping to create a more youthful appearance. Protects the skin and contributes to cell regeneration, promoting tissue repair.
Antioxidants and vitamins present in pomegranate slow down cellular aging processes, reducing hyperpigmentation, age spots and wrinkles.
Its juice also offers valuable help in cases of acne and oily skin. For its effectiveness in cosmetic care, pomegranate is part of many skin and hair cosmetics.
Excessive consumption (in particular of the active ingredients obtained from the bark) can cause an intoxication. Side effects in these cases are: dizziness, headache, somnolence and difficulty in breathing.