Fruits & Vegetables

Pomegranate: Health Benefits

General Statistics and Origin of Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranate was first found in eastern countries like India that is in the Mediterranean and eastern countries. Sooner or later the cultivation of pomegranate spread to other parts of the world where its cultivation could be possible. At present we can find pomegranates and that too of very good quality Spain , Syria , Morocco , Afghanistan and Turkey . The most common names of pomegranates are known as Pomegranate, Granada , and Grenade. This depends that in which geographical area of the world it is called so. The related species of pomegranate is known as Punica proto_punica. Pomegranates are generally oblong in shape. The leaves of pomegranate are green leathery and glossy. People in several parts of the world at times use it as decorative things and put it in a bowl with the other traditional fruits because of their attractive shape and leathery dark red outer skin.

Description of Pomegranate

The fruit has a hard leathery coating usually in orange or orange red color. Inside the hard coating is the edible portion which is red and juicy with many seeds. The seeds with the edible portion in a pomegranate make it really a difficult fruit to eat but due to its increased nutritious value people prefer it taking as juice. Pomegranate is said to be the most ancient fruit used by humans.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranate can prove as really a very good remedy in certain cases. In case of diarrhoea it acts as a major relief if taken with cloves and cinnamon. It is also very useful in case of a person’s hoarse voice, if gargled with its juice. If pomegranate is taken with honey and taken, it helps in earache. Pomegranate also helps in improving digestion and decreases kidney disorders. It also helps in improving appetite if taken as juice. People facing bad vision or weak eyesight can take it as fruit or juice, in either case it really helps in improving vision. Health professionals prescribe eating pomegranates with little salt and pepper in case of stomach ache. Pomegranates have a high toxic content in them which in reducing intestinal worms. In case of fever if served as juice acts as an allay for thirst. Pomegranates also help in reducing teeth and gum disorder if it is regularly used as toothpowder. According to a recent study it was found that pomegranate also helps in protection from skin cancer. But normally it is said that the fruit should be taken instantly after it is cut as it starts to loose color if kept for long time.

The nutrition information of pomegranate (1 medium size) is given as:

Calories 100gm
Carbohydrate 26gm
Fiber content less than 1gm
Potassium 400mg
Vitamin A  
Vitamin C 15% of daily value
Calcium  
Iron 2% of daily value

Some recipes of pomegranates are:

Pompye Royal Drink Recipe

The major ingredients for this are: take three oz of champagne, one oz of fine pomegranate juice, half oz of orange fruit juice, one-third oz of raspberry juice and one tsp of fine grinded sugar.

Directions & Instructions

Mix the juices and champagne thoroughly and mix sugar in that. Stir it properly till it dissolves. Serve chilled in a big champagne glass.

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