Pomegranate, a super seedy thick-skinned fruit, has been used from the old times for its various health benefits. It is believed to be originated in Iran and the name of this fruit has been derived from the French word ‘pomegranate’, which means seeded apple.
Other than being a food source, this fruit is also famous for its medicinal values. In India, pomegranate is considered to be a super medicine having the ability to take care of more than 100 health conditions. In Ayurveda, it is stated that pomegranate can balance all the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. But if the fruit is sour it might increase Pitta Dosha. However, the intake and external application of the fruit, peel and oil has shown remarkable health and beauty benefits.
Before knowing the benefits of pomegranate know some of the basic information about this jewel-toned seed fruit.
Basic Information about Pomegranate
This sweet, sour and astringent tasted fruit is botanically called as Punica granatum. It can act on the tridoshas namely, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Fruit, seeds, flowers, peel and oil extracted from pomegranate seed can be used. This fruit is rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Heart and reproductive system can benefit more from this fruit and its herbal actions are as follows: skin tonic, antibacterial, aphrodisiac, hemostatic, refrigerant, antiviral, astringent, immuno-stimulant, cardiac, stomachic, and vermifuge.
Pomegranate can be used to make chutney, jam, juice, herbal teas, molasses, etc. But do not use it with any dairy products. It is best consumed during the morning or before 4 pm and limit the intake to 80-100 gm a day.
Now as you have got the basic knowledge, let’s see the benefits that this fruit can give us.
Body and Skin: The fruit peel can be used as a face mask, hair care and tooth care product. The oil produced from the seed of this fruit can be applied on the skin.
Apart from the good benefits, there are also things that you have to be cautious about. Drinking concentrated pomegranate or juice can cause acidity and weight gain, so always drink with seeds in it. And it is better to avoid eating during chronic constipation.
For the best intake of pomegranate make the juice without discarding the seeds. The juice with seeds is much beneficial. So blend the fruit into a smoothie or eat the whole fruit alone or with yogurt.
Atherosclerosis, blood pressure (lowers BP), artery-clogging plaque, and cholesterol can be reduced or prevented by the intake of pomegranate.
The estrogen content in the pomegranate can have a strong impact on depression. So to reduce depression during periods in women, eat sweet and ripe pineapple or papaya in a small amount with pomegranate.
Ayurveda uses pomegranate to reduce fever in the body, to reduce excessive thirst and burning sensation in the throat and GI tract and to cleanse the oral and dental area and also fights cavity and gingivitis.
As it helps to increase the blood flow and circulation in the body, it is also known as a memory booster. The extracts can be used as a natural antibiotic. It can also act as an anti- ageing ingredient and beneficial for skin due to the presence of Vitamin A in it.
Pomegranate, having nutrients and antioxidant properties, can assist the body to resist cellular damage caused by environmental pollutants. People suffering from prostate cancer can benefit from pomegranate due to the anti- carcinogenic properties in its fruit and seeds.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
To extract oil, the seeds are collected and pressed. This cold pressed organic seed oil is ideal for skin care. Pomegranate seed oil is rich in punicic acid, which has shown a positive effect in breast and skin cancer.It helps with skin repairing by promoting collagen production.
Pomegranate seed oil contains ellagic acid which is considered as an anti-aging as it has shown positive results in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.It is a natural moisturiser that nourishes and smoothens skin and promotes even skin tone, skin elasticity and increases the firmness of the skin.
The oil is red in colour which indicates its richness in bioflavonoids, which is a protective gear for the skin from sun damage or sunburn.
Don’t throw away the peel, instead keep it for the hair and skin care use. Dry the peel and grind it into a fine powder for topical and external usage. This powder can be shelved for a longer time. The peel can be used as raw and a peel mask also.
Pomegranate peel when used as a mask, raw or dried, can fight against skin problems like acne, boils, pimples, rashes and cellulite. This is due to its antioxidant and antibacterial effect.
The peel powder can be used as a scrub by mixing it with egg white. It will help reduce blackheads, whiteheads and removes dead skin.
The peel can also be used in hair masks to remove dandruff and prevent hair loss.
Tea can be made from peel powder to prevent osteoporosis (loss of bone density) and joint pain in women who are going through menopause. It can also be used for a sore throat, sinusitis and cough.
Pomegranate peel can be used for cleaning the teeth, prevent cavity, toothache, bleeding gum and bad breath.