Pomegranate – A Powerhouse for Good Health and Anti-Aging
For over 4000 years pomegranates have been a prized fruit.
They are full of nutrients for good health, antioxidants for anti-aging and have been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.
All of this from a tiny sweet, yet slightly sour, ruby red seed!
When my husband and I selected the fruit trees for our garden, we just chose fruits we enjoyed. But I am finding we have a treasure in our backyard.
Now with over two dozen pomegranates, 300 lemons and 400 Granny Smith apples, I am learning so many ways to use these fruits.
The name pomegranate means “seeded apple”. Pomegranates are believed to have originated in Iran, known at that time as Persia. This fruit is mentioned in Greek legends, ancient texts and the Bible.
Pomegranates are round with a tough outer layer. The seeds inside are the only edible part.
Seeding a pomegranate is a lot of work but so well worth it. Before having a tree, I would buy one or two and it was no big deal to seed them.
Now I have learned to do this outside and wear old clothes so when I cut them and the juice splatters, my kitchen doesn’t look like there was a massacre!
Pomegranates contain B and C vitamins, potassium, folic acid, phytochemical compounds, fiber, flavonoids and polyphenols.
They are also antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and have anti-aging properties.
A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries and cranberries.
Whew! Again, all that from a little seed. That’s why it’s so worth the work.
On the health side, pomegranates can help with:
- Improving bone quality due to the enzyme inhibitors which can help prevent damage to the cartilage. It may also help prevent osteoarthritis.
- Anemia by raising hemoglobin levels from the high amounts of iron it contains.
- Blood circulation which can help lower blood pressure
- Weight loss because it provides extra energy and cleanses the body.
- Fighting some cancers due to the antioxidants.
There are many skin care products which use pomegranates.
Of course, before buying any, you need to check the ingredients because the chemicals and toxins in some products will kill any of the benefits from the pomegranate.
But here are a few reasons you might want to start including pomegranates in your beauty routine:
- Anti-Aging properties found in pomegranates help protect against premature aging. They help prevent fine lines and wrinkles and promote collagen and elastin production which soften the skin.
- Cell Regeneration occurs because pomegranates help protect the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). They also help with skin cell regeneration in the epidermis and dermis (inner layer) so it increases circulation, aids in tissue repair and healing the skin.
- Sun Protection can be found in its’ protective compounds. This helps protect the skin from free radical damage and may help prevent skin cancer.
- Dry and Oily Skin can benefit from pomegranates because its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate the skin deeply. Pomegranate oil contains punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid that hydrates and prevents moisture loss.
Ready for some DIY recipes? I’ve tried both of these and absolutely love them.
Blend the seeds from one pomegranate in a blender.
Then mix them with 3 cups extra fine granulated sugar and 1/3 cup oil of your choice:
Sesame (my favorite), Almond, Coconut, Olive, Jojoba, or any other carrier oil.
You can do some research and find what each oil does for your skin – dry, sensitive, anti-aging, etc.
Put in a container and you are good to go!!
Seeds from one pomegranate
2 tsp. fresh squeezed organic Lemon juice
1 cup of freshly brewed organic Green Tea
You want to use organic so you aren’t putting toxins on your face
Brew the tea and let it steep
Use a mortar and pestle or blend the seeds so you have about 4-5 tsp. of juice
Add 2 tsp each of tea and lemon juice to the pomegranate juice
Stir the mixture and let cool completely
When cool, smooth the liquid over your clean face and neck
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes so it hardens
Remove with a washcloth soaked in warm water
Apply your moisturizer
This mask can be applied 1-2 times per week. Make sure to make fresh ingredients each time.
Well, I hope this has helped you to appreciate the many benefits of this ancient fruit.
I’d love to hear if you have any special ways to use pomegranates!
In Peace and Good Health,
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