Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits known to man. A native of northern India and Pakistan, pomegranate is now grown on every continent. The fruit consists of a hard shell and a variety of seeds full of juice. The scientific name of pomegranate (punum granatum) comes from Latin and means apple seeds. This fruit has a lot of benefits to the human body. Here are some of them:
The pomegranate has antioxidant properties. Pomegranate seeds contain C vitamin in large quantity, and K vitamin (helps bone health) and B5 vitamin which helps to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats from food. Also in pomegranate is manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc and iron. Because of iron content, the fruit thereof, when taken regularly, helps to correct anemia and iron deficiency. The seeds contain unsaturated oils, sugar and carbohydrates, but contain more fiber and protein.
The pomegranate protects the skin and encourages cellular regeneration, which means it helps in rejuvenating the skin’s appearance, it helps your skin to fight the sun’s harmful rays and helps produce collagen and elastin.
At the same time, pomegranate extracts are often added to cosmetic products for dry skin due to the fact that they are able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to provide intensive hydration.
The first and most important benefit mentioned here is the property of pomegranate to help eliminate free radicals. The high level of antioxidants contained in this fruit helps to minimize the effects of free radicals, thus preventing the appearance of cancer cells.
Pomegranate juice acts as a blood thinner and helps maintain cardiovascular health. Thanks to the rich content in iron, pomegranate helps to correct anemia.
For men, pomegranate juice reduces the risk of impotence and prostate cancer and helps women during pregnancy, bringing in an important folic acid, potassium, calcium, niacin and C vitamin in the body. Also inhibits breast cancer cells.