by Dr. Mariangel Leota
Pomegranate is a fruit with a large amount of water and many vitamins, its scientific name is Punica granatum. This fruit comes from a small tree that measures less than 5 meters, which adapts very well to warm climates of semi-arid areas near the Mediterranean, such as olive and oranges.
The origin of the pomegranate dates back centuries. This fruit has been mentioned in multiple chapters of the old testament of the bible, making reference to the great number of benefits and its association with fertility. The pomegranate and its flowers have been classified as beautiful fruits, earning the privilege of being part of the famous hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
It is believed that the origin of the pomegranate comes from ancient Iran, one of the oldest lands where their harvest has been recorded, in the ancient Persian civilization. Its health benefits were known to the ancient Persian civilizations and it has always been present in commerce.
Spain is one of the main producers and exporters of this fruit because it owns the land and the climate necessary for its production, supplying the European market for this fruit, followed by India and Iran. The distribution of pomegranate reaches England and Germany.
Pomegranate fruit has innumerable health benefits and its involvement in the cure of diseases has been widely recognized since ancient times. It stands out for its extensive antioxidant activity.
Its properties are well known throughout the world, pomegranate is a valuable source of vitamin C and a large number of minerals, in addition to having very healthy properties, especially because it is known as a source of fertility.
Studies about its antioxidants have proven a lot of benefits of this fruit, its consumption is highly recommended in people suffering from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.
Pomegranate is known for its main nutrients, including being a great source of vitamin C and many minerals capable of keeping the body healthy. Among its main nutrients are:
- Source of vitamin C (provides 10% of the vitamin C recommended daily)
- Folic acid
- The high content of polyphenols and other antioxidants.
- Potassium (8% of the recommended amount in men and women from 20 to 39 years of age who perform the moderate physical activity)
- Powerful antioxidant properties, capable of preventing cell damage
Knows About the Main Benefits the Pomegranates
Natural source of vitamin C and high antioxidant power
Pomegranates contain high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant related to the care of the skin and the improvement of the immune system. The amount of vitamin C for each serving of this fruit may be similar to or greater than any fruit such as lemon or orange.
The juice of pomegranate is highly beneficial for its detoxifying power on the body, studies on the nutrients contained in this fruit have proven to be antioxidants capable of preventing the degeneration of cells., They stand out for their high antioxidant power.
Pomegranate and vitamin C for the skin
The content of Vitamin C is not only beneficial for the health of the organism, but it is also very beneficial for the skin. The anti-aging ability of this fruit is truly incredible. Since ancient times, this fruit is known to be a source of fertility and youth. For ancient civilizations, this fruit signified renewal and the birth of a new era.
Currently, it can be known that the high amount of Vitamin C is very beneficial for the skin, vitamin C has very important functions because it is responsible for the renewal of skin cells, in addition to protecting the cells from the damage of toxins from the environment and from free radicals, delaying aging.
Vitamin C is able to regenerate skin damaged by scars and sun spots, in addition to its daily consumption for its large number of vitamins, you can also apply masks on the face, so that the vitamins penetrate all layers of the skin, regenerating cells aged and damaged by scars and wrinkles.
Pomegranate boosts the immune system
The consumption of pomegranate is recommended to boost the immune system. Its ability to increase the body’s defenses are comparable with red wine and green tea. Its consumption is necessary for people suffering from constant diseases, such as constant urinary tract infections or respiratory diseases.
In addition to all the benefits of the antioxidants contained in this fruit, it also contains minerals and micronutrients that enhance the effect of the immune system, such as potassium, zinc, and selenium. These minerals are necessary for the immune system to be able to fulfill its functions of fighting bacteria and viruses.
Its broad content of folic acid and vitamin B12 also stimulates the growth and development of lymphocytes or “white blood cells” cells responsible for defending the organism from bacteria or viruses.
In people suffering from diseases that weaken the immune system, its consumption should be at least two glasses of juice a day, accompanied by other fruits or vegetables that boost the immune system, such as ginger or broccoli.
You can make pomegranate juices combined with these vegetables, for example, combine pomegranate with cucumber and ginger, or pomegranate with orange and broccoli.
High antioxidant power
The high antioxidant power gives a great value to this fruit, from avoiding degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer to preventing aging.
Pomegranates contain three types of very powerful antioxidants: tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Antioxidants are important to keep cells in our bodies healthy and able to fight against viruses, decreasing inflammation and preventing organ damage.
Tannins, as well as anthocyanins, are contained in other fruits with many benefits, including grapes and blueberries. These antioxidants are able to prevent very important diseases such as cancer, diabetes, in addition to reducing cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Ellagic acid, a component of pomegranate juice, is a polyphenol of vegetable origin and has antioxidant properties. Pomegranate juice and ellagic acid have been described to suppress several types of cancer, including prostate cancer.
Reduce the inflammation
Antioxidants also work wonders on inflammation throughout the body, even in the most painful cases of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Pomegranate juice is not only able to reduce inflammation but also helps relieve pain and even combat cartilage degradation.
Keeps your skin healthy
The consumption of pomegranate can also help you maintain the skin of your face beautiful and hydrated, its minerals and powerful vitamins are able to maintain the perfect tone of your skin, keeping it shiny, free of scars and wrinkles.
The content of special minerals for the skin care of pomegranate is really high. It contains high doses of potassium, iron, and magnesium, minerals essential for the care of skin cells. These minerals help the cells to stay oxygenated, keeping your skin very healthy.
It is not only necessary to keep the organism healthy, but also to reflect it through totally healthy skin. The amount of pomegranate recommended to keep skin healthy, is to consume at least one juice of this fruit, especially in the morning, when the absorption of nutrients is much faster.
Vitamins and antioxidant content of pomegranate, also extend the lifespan of fibroblasts, cells in charge of elasticity skin, in addition to stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
Benefits of the pomegranate for the women fertilization
In ancient times, the pomegranate was considered the fruit of love, youth, and fertility. Its symbolism was really magical, although at present it is known that its nutritional values show that it is an excellent food to help supply some deficiencies, especially that related to fertility.
Among its great benefits. Is its content in natural estrogens, related to fertility. In fact, both the pomegranate and its skin and seeds contain these estrogens that help increase fertility.
Not only is it beneficial for women, but it is also known that pomegranate stimulates the production of testosterone and sexual desire in men. According to many studies and studies, the pomegranate nutrients improve the quality of the semen, increasing the content of high-quality sperm, they also help to prevent important urological diseases. In addition, it can help with erectile dysfunction problems.
The recommendation is to consume this juice enriched for at least a month, fasting. If you combine it with a balanced diet and exercise routine, not only will you feel better in general, but you will multiply your chances of conceiving and you will do it with optimal health.
It is a light, digestive and depurative fruit
This fruit is special to lose weight, because it is a hypocaloric fruit, due to its abundant water and low intake of carbohydrates. This quality is very useful in slimming diets, when you want to reduce your calorie intake, but also in fasts that aim to activate the body’s natural cleansing mechanisms.
Although in smaller quantity than the apple or the pear, the pomegranate also contains pectin, a soluble fiber that participates in its depurative effect.
The delicious grains are a great source of fiber, especially for digestion, especially non-soluble fiber, which decreases the anxiety to eat and increases intestinal transit.