In India, it is a tradition to feed pomegranate daily to a bride-to-be by their grandmothers, and rightly so. Eating pomegranates are second nature to us, but we never realize their amazing benefits. You can even call the pomegranate a divine fruit because it might be one of the most mentioned fruit in ancient theological books. There is a debate that the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was not an apple, but a pomegranate. It’s said to be a lucky fruit by the Chinese and is a traditional fruit in Greek weddings. Egyptians believe that this fruit provides eternity and hence buries these fruits along with the dead bodies. Other than these surprising ancient beliefs, there are a number of health benefits of pomegranates that can work wonders.
Pomegranate fruit, after having originated in Iran has now been widely spread to Asia, Europe Middle East and the U.S. This fruit has tiny gems enclosed within a thick covering and is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. Many of us believe that the seeds of this tangy fruit have benefits that extend only to the realm of health. This article is sure to enlighten you on how pomegranate seeds aids in improving your skin tone or hair texture.
The oil derived from its seeds is a common ingredient in beauty and cosmetic products. It is also used in combination with various other oils like olive oil for aromatherapy and has proven beyond doubt to be the best combination required to attain fine and smooth hair. Scroll down to read on the benefits you will reap using pomegranate seeds for your skin.
A. Pomegranate Benefits For Health
Pomegranate health benefits include the following:
1. Fights Cancers
The high amounts of anti-oxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron in pomegranates fight against free radicals, stopping them from damaging cells. Pomegranates thus prevent many cancers, especially prostate cancer (1), breast cancer (2) and lung cancer (3).
2. Prevents Heart Diseases
Antioxidants present in pomegranates lower bad cholesterol, LDL and increases good cholesterol, HDL, thus preventing heart diseases (4). Its juice improves blood circulation (5) through the heart, making it healthier.
3. Treats Fertility Problems
These seeds have really high estrogenic properties and therefore could be the answer to your fertility problems.
4. Boosts Immunity
A medium sized pomegranate contains 15% of the daily required vitamin C, which is very essential for a good immune system. So a pomegranate a day could improve your immunity (6) and keep the doctor away.
5. Improves Good Cholesterol Levels
It also has abundant amounts of good fatty acids, thereby helping your body raise its level of good cholesterol.
6. Improves Bone Health
Pomegranate, if taken daily can give strength to bones and prevents osteoarthritis (8). As we age; our bone density can decrease to an alarming level. To prevent and even reverse this damage, consuming pomegranate or pomegranate extracts might be helpful. When pomegranate is fed to the mothers, even the unborn child is shown to have more calcified bones.
7. Healthy Arteries
There is a phenomenon of a plaque like build-up occurring on the arteries. This can be removed with the daily intake of pomegranates (9). This also prevents the chances of further build up.
8. Blood Pressure
9. Prevents Dental Plaque
Drink a glass of pomegranate juice daily (without sugar) and it can prevent dental plaque. A recent study revealed that the polyphenols, tannins, and ellagic acids contained in pomegranate can help inhibit the colony formation of plaque causing bacteria (11).
10. Manages Weight
Another of the pomegranate benefits is that it is high in antioxidants. If taken daily, it can help you in controlling your body weight. You can take the fruit in your daily diet and lose those extra calories (13). The high fiber content will also make sure that people feel more satiated after its consumption.
11. Prevents Diarrhea
12. Prevents Cell Damage
The presence of antioxidants in high quantity fights against the free radicals which usually attack the cells and damage them (14). Regular consumption of this fruit can keep your body cells and tissues healthy.
13. Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
One of the greatest health benefits of pomegranate is that if this fruit is taken daily, it can help in preventing Alzheimer’s disease (15). If the patient is already affected by this disease, then it can be slowed down with this fruit. It also improves the patient’s brain and helps to do daily activities properly and more actively.
B. Pomegranate Benefits For Skin
Serums made from this sour fruits’ seeds have been a favorite among many because of its non-greasy texture. It is also, as mentioned above, a very common ingredient in body products like facial creams, scrubbers, and massage oils. Don’t you want to know the unique quality these seeds hold? Listed below are the reasons behind the various advantages.
14. Maintains Skin Health
Collagen is the basic component of your skin which ensures that your skin remains soft, smooth and firm. Certain compounds present in pomegranates stop the enzymes from breaking down collagen, thus maintaining skin health (16). They also assist in the growth of fibroblasts, the cells that produce elastin and fiber to ensure that your skin remains smooth and supple. Furthermore, this fruit stimulates proliferation of keratinocytes, the cells that form the outermost layer of your skin. The increase in the number of these cells enables your skin to repair itself better.
Being rich in punicic acid, the oil derived from these seeds will moisturize your skin.
16. Aids In Cell Regeneration
Skin damage often leads to problems like pigmentation and age spots (17). Pomegranates are beneficial in this regard as they protect the epidermis (outer layer of the skin), and facilitate skin cell regeneration in the epidermis and dermis (inner layer). They aid in the production of naturally occurring antioxidants in your body that help in regeneration of skin cells. In this way, they help in increasing circulation and aiding in tissue repair and wound healing.
17. Treats Acne
Acne is caused due to digestive problems or hormonal imbalance. Pomegranate, being a rich source of vitamin C, can regulate the production of sebum, an oily substance secreted by your skin which is the root cause of pimples. It also corrects digestive problems, thus promoting healthy blood circulation in the body. You can apply pomegranate juice on the areas affected by pimples. This will prevent acne and scars by generating tissues in the affected area (18).
18. Beneficial For Dry Skin
The small molecular structure of pomegranate enables it to penetrate deeply into the skin, making it effective for treating dry skin (19). It has the ability to soothe dry, cracked and irritated skin as it contains punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid that hydrates skin and prevents moisture loss.
19. Beneficial For Oily/Combination Skin
Pomegranate oil is great for oily skin and is often used in skin care products meant for acne prone skin to combat breakouts, reduce scarring, and soothe minor irritations (20).
20. Anti-aging Benefits
Pomegranates possess anti-ageing properties, thus rejuvenating your skin both internally and externally. Pomegranate juice is beneficial for the skin that is damaged due to sun exposure or aging. The oil from pomegranate seeds helps strengthen the epidermis thus reducing or delaying wrinkles. This fruit repairs skin damage to provide you with smooth and youthful skin and extends the life of the cells that are involved in the production of collagen and elastin. The collagen and elastin pump up your skin and render it elasticity, thus keeping it youthful and minimizing the occurrence of wrinkles (21).
21. Sun Protection
Pomegranates are a great way of countering the damaging effects of the sun (22). They contain a number of antioxidants that protect your skin against free radical damage. They also prevent skin cancer, relieve sunburn and reduce the signs of sun damage. It provides protection against skin cancer as it contains a large amount of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant which inhibits the growth of skin tumors.
22. Treatment Of Skin Inflammation
Pomegranate extracts are comparable to any ointment in soothing skin inflammation (23). They contain polyphenols along with other compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. The seeds of pomegranate contain excellent healing properties that promote rapid healing. Consuming pomegranates and applying its extracts or oil on the affected area ensures quick healing of your skin and fights infection. Moreover, it does not leave a scar or mark on the skin after healing.
23. Heals Dry Skin & Cracks
Do you suffer from cracked or dry skin? Apply the pomegranate seed oil on a regular basis and you can kiss goodbye to those cracks.
24. Revitalizes Facial Skin
This emollient will also revitalize your facial skin and is also a great product to heal wounds.
25. Treats Skin Infections
People suffering from inflammatory and other skin problems like eczema, psoriasis need not worry about a homemade remedy because here it is. Pomegranate seeds have really good anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. This, therefore, helps in relieving you of the mentioned skin infections.
C. Pomegranate Benefits For Hair
This delectable fruit is not likely to be effective in miraculously curing hair problems such as hair loss, dandruff, thinning hair, etc. But it does contain nutrients that can benefit your hair indirectly. For instance, hair loss is often caused due to anemia, which can be reduced by this fruit. Pomegranate improves circulation which might help in combating hair loss.
26.Strengthens Hair Follicles
Drinking pomegranate juice helps in strengthening your hair follicles (24). Pomegranate extract is often used to treat hair loss. Pomegranate seed oil contains punicic acid which makes your hair strong, thick and healthy. It also improves circulation to the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth.
27. Treatment Of Frizzy Hair
Pomegranate oil is often used in hot oil treatments or pre-shampoo soothing for frizzy and over processed hair for the purpose of conditioning kinky, curly and wavy hair. It detangles your hair and moisturizes the hair shaft, thus enhancing the appearance and feel of your hair. After knowing its numerous benefits, here are some tips and tidbits on how to get the maximum out of pomegranate fruit (25).
28. Adds Shine & Luster To Hair
One of the major advantages of pomegranate seeds is that the oil derived from this can be used as a carrier oil with other oils like jojoba oil or almond oil. So, are you dying for lengthy, soft, and shiny locks? Then here you go.
29. Nourishes Hair
Pomegranate seeds have proved to not just hydrate your hair and give the nourishment it requires with vitamins and minerals, but also gives it that luster.
30. Strengthens Dull Hair
Heat pomegranate oil till it becomes mildly hot and massage your hair with it. Wrap your hair with a towel and wait for about 30 minutes before you rinse it off with a shampoo or conditioner. Being rich in essential fatty acids and punicic acid, it will strengthen all the dull strands and give your hair a natural gloss.
D. How To Select And Store?
Selection: When buying pomegranates, always choose the fruits that are plump and round, heavy for their size and have rich, fresh color and flavor. They should have a thin yet tough skin without any cuts or blemishes. Their crown should be free of molds. Larger fruits are juicier than their smaller counterparts. The seeds sacs are generally of the size of your fingernails. The pips resemble corn kernels but are reddish, slightly translucent and have a thinner skin. The color of the rind need not necessarily be red. It can vary from being completely red to reddish brown, but this will not affect the quality. Always prefer to choose the deeper colored fruit. Since pomegranates do not ripen once picked, it is advisable to buy fully ripe fruits.
Storage: At room temperature, pomegranates can last up to two weeks. When stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Whole fruits can be stored up to a month in a cool, dry area and can even be refrigerated up to two months. While it is not recommended to freeze the whole fruits, the seed pips can be frozen in an airtight bag for up to one year. Fresh juice can be refrigerated, but it should be used within two to three days. Cut pomegranates should be consumed within four days as the flesh deteriorates quickly once the fruit is opened.
E. Tips For Usage (Cooking/ Eating)
This delicious and exotic fruit can form part of your daily meals to add more fiber, potassium, and vitamin E to your diet. Pomegranates can be eaten in various ways. They can be eaten alone or form part of other dishes. In fact, the pomegranate seeds make a delicious and healthy snack. Before making pomegranate your daily diet staple, you should learn to clean it properly. For this purpose, score the skin in quarters and open it up. Putting each quarter under water, ream the seeds with your fingers from inside. The pith, being lighter, will float on the top while the heavier seedy fruit will sink below. The water will loosen the seeds, making them easier to collect. Run your fingers through each quarter, to separate the seeds. You can scoop the seeds up; most of them would have sunk to the bottom of the water. Given below are certain tips for enjoying this juicy fruit.
Powder Of Dried Seeds Can Be Used In Meat Dishes
The seeds of the pomegranate are edible, and many people chew on the seeds while eating the fruit to release the juice from the sacs, swallowing the seeds afterwards. These seeds are a good source of roughage that helps cleanse the body (26). In India, dried pomegranate seeds are ground into a powder which is used in meat dishes.
Fruit Can Be Squeezed For Juice
Some people only suck the juice from the seeds and then spit out the seeds. They can vigorously roll the fruit on a hard surface to break the juice sacs. When the fruit becomes soft, they can puncture the end, insert a straw and suck out the juice by squeezing the fruit. However, this process involves a fair amount of waste. You could even collect the red seeds and put into to a juicer to make pomegranate juice.
Seeds Add Exotic Flavor To Foods
Pomegranate seeds can be sprinkled on a variety of foods, thus imparting their exotic flavor to ordinary meals. You can sprinkle these seeds in your morning oatmeal or cereal and on top of mango cubes. They can also be stirred into your orange or apple juice and even your black tea for a tangy taste.
Added In Preparation Of Soups
Pomegranate seeds can also be added to a variety of soups. You can even prepare a pomegranate soup and to make it more interesting, add a few vegetables to it.
Used In Cocktails, Drinks, & Ice Creams
Pomegranate juice has an acidic citrusy flavor. Thus, it is suitable for being used in citrus marinades, either wholly or partially for a flavor change. The French make thick red syrup from pomegranates known as “grenadine”. It is non-alcoholic and often used in cocktails such as Tequila Sunrise. It can also be used as a flavoring for children’s drinks and ice creams.
Great Addition To Various Salads
Pomegranates can be a great addition to all kinds of salads. You can prepare a seasonal salad by tossing fresh greens such as baby spinach or arugula with sliced pears, toasted walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and pomegranate seeds in lemon vinaigrette. A fruit salad can also be prepared by combining mangoes, pomegranate seeds and papaya, adding some lemon juice for zest. Pomegranate seeds can be added to a salad of walnuts, goat cheese, and spinach, using a light honey based dressing.
Made Into Salsa That Can Be Served Over Chicken
You can serve a delicious first course by topping seasoned, sauteed or roasted chicken with pomegranate salsa. For preparing salsa, pomegranate seeds can be stirred with finely chopped red pepper and bite-sized orange segments. This salsa can be served over the chicken.
Used To Prepare Variety Of Smoothies
Pomegranate seeds can be added to a variety of smoothies, alcoholic beverages, and juices. All you need to do is blend the pomegranate seeds in a blender until they are liquefied and pour the resulting liquid through a strainer. This liquid can be used to make pomegranate mojito, pomegranate wine or added to a mango smoothie.
Add Variety & Flavor To Desserts
Pomegranate seeds can add variety and flavor to desserts as well. They can be sprinkled over yogurt or ice cream. They can also be sprinkled over a chocolate cake along with a few raspberries.
As A Health Drink
Pomegranate juice can be heated with apple cider and a cinnamon stick. After removing the cinnamon seeds, it can be served in a heatproof glass and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. And most of all, pomegranates are easily available. Why bother with foreign super foods when we have quick access to pomegranate? It has so many great benefits, both internal and external, that it would just be foolish to not consume it daily (27). Just look at this nutrition chart:
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage Of RDA|
|Total Fat||1.17 g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g||11%|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.135 mg||3%|
|Vitamin A||0 IU||0%|
|Vitamin C||10.2 mg||17%|
|Vitamin E||0.60 mg||4%|
|Vitamin K||16.4 mg||14%|
|Carotene- ß||0 μg||–|
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