Uncommon in our diets, the pomegranate has incredible benefits for healthy bones, heart, skin, stomach, brain and more. Sweet or tangy depending on the variety, the pomegranate is one of the healthiest fruits that exist. You will even discover all the benefits of pomegranate juice.
The French consume on average 10,000 tons of pomegranates per year, mostly imported from India. Initially, the pomegranate was indeed a tropical fruit from the Mediterranean basin, but in the south of France (mainly Gard and Hérault), producers have embarked on the production of pomegranates.
Today, they market a thousand tons of this fruit which is said to be effective against aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The benefits of pomegranate juice therefore perfectly justify the resurgence of success encountered by the fruit in recent years.
The pomegranate has anti-inflammatory properties induced by its richness in punicalagins, compounds with antioxidant properties. It participates in the strengthening of bones and joints, thus limiting the appearance of various degenerative bone diseases, such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
Some laboratory studies have also shown that pomegranate extract helps block the action of enzymes that cause cartilage deterioration and bone tissue in people with osteoarthritis.
Pomegranate is a nutritional bomb
From the pomegranate tree, the pomegranate is a Mediterranean fruit that matures in autumn. It comes in the form of an apple adorned with a stem generally bright red in color and about ten centimeters in diameter. Its bark is very thick and inedible. Its interior is divided into several compartments composed of a very juicy pinkish-red pulp with hundreds of edible seeds, the arils. Its taste is slightly acidic.
The pomegranate has a rich nutritional composition in vitamins B, C, E, minerals (phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc), fibres, antioxidant punicalagins and punicic acid. It provides, for 100 grams, nearly 40% of the RDA in vitamin C.
There are several varieties of pomegranates, namely sweet pomegranates, sour pomegranates and sour pomegranates.
Sweet pomegranates are hot and moist, high in water, sugar, fiber, protein, and tannins. They relieve the stomach by their laxative effect and are also good for the throat, the chest and the lungs; however in case of fever this pomegranate juice and not recommended.
Sour pomegranates are cold and dry, not very sweet, rich in citric acid and protein. They are effective against diarrhea, heartburn, heart pain, fever and useful for eye health.
Finally, sour pomegranates have a rather moderate taste between sweetness and acidity. Their cupules are used to treat wounds and the mixture of their seeds with honey is useful against paronychia.
Other benefits of pomegranate juice
Pomegranate has many other health benefits.
- She contributes to the healthy and beautiful skin thanks to its potassium composition as well as vitamins B and C; it is effective against acne and aging skin.
- The antioxidant content of its seeds and its juice makes it an effective food to limit the risks of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and chronic diseases.
- By its antioxidant effect the pomegranate is good for memory and could make it possible to fight against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s; it limits the aging of brain cells.
- It stimulates the libido thanks to its aphrodisiac effect natural and its effectiveness has been demonstrated for both men and women.
- Rich in fiber and flavonoidspomegranate helps fight against digestive disorders (flatulence, constipation, diarrhea) and bloating thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial actions.
- It would also help to lower bad cholesterol levels thanks to its antioxidant properties and its composition in flavonoids which reduce the absorption of fat during digestion.
How to choose the right pomegranate?
For choose well and to obtain a ripe pomegranate at the point, one trusts the sight and the touch. The bark should be smooth, shiny, very red and without browning. We prefer it heavy because it is a sign that it is very juicy. When ripe, the pomegranate should make a metallic sound when tapped.
Consisting of a rigid and resistant bark which protects it from possible shocks, the pomegranate can be stored 10 days in the open air and several weeks or even several months in the refrigerator. Pomegranate juice can be kept for a few days in the fridge.
As for the arils, the small seeds inside the pomegranate, they can be kept for a year in the freezer if they are fresh. When they are dry, they can be stored in a jar, in a dry place, in a cool place, away from light.
The grenade can be consumed in two ways: in fresh or dried fruit. In ancient times, the Egyptians used fresh pomegranate to prepare sweet wine with raspberry flavors.
Today, fresh pomegranate can be eaten plain with a spoon, in salads, in sorbet, in juice or even in traditional grenadine syrup. In India, pomegranate arils are dried and used whole or powdered as a spice in the preparation of many vegetarian dishes. They are used to season salads, sauces, meat marinades, rice, cakes or vegetable preparations…
Mint-pomegranate detox water
- 2 pomegranates
- 1/2 bunch of fresh mint
- 1 lemon
- 50 cl spring water
- Cut the pomegranates in half and scoop out the seeds. Then wash the fresh mint leaves and the lemon, which is cut into thin slices.
- We use a jar with a Mason Jar type lid to infuse our detox water. Add the pomegranate seeds, mint leaves and lemon slices, then fill with spring water and stir lightly. Close the lid of the jar and place it in the fridge.
- Finally, remove the infused water from the refrigerator and sip it through a straw.