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Pomegranate Health Benefits

The pomegranate , fruit purchased and used especially at the end of the year, it may be beneficial to health, in addition to presenting tasty recipes. In fact, the Christmas tradition is very much based on the consumption of this food.

Still not familiar with the pomegranate? Want to know how fruit can help improve your health? Be sure to follow the guide below.

WHAT IS POMEGRANATE?

Pomegranate is a fruit extremely known for its strong red color. Because of this characteristic, it has been adopted as a symbol of the Christmas season in most traditions.

The fruit is composed of a pulp, which can be consumed, with the appearance of several red balls. In reality, this pulp is found inside the seeds distributed by the pomegranate. The appearance is unusual, which draws a lot of attention.

The pomegranate is known worldwide in over 100 countries. Cultivation, which we will talk about later, is simple and practical, which facilitates production in the most diverse countries. However, there is a favorable climate if you want to plant pomegranate.

Now that you know what pomegranate is, let’s understand how it all started.

ORIGIN OF POMEGRANATE

The pomegranate has its origin in regions of Greece, Syria, Asia Minor and Iran. Despite the variety of countries, the first records with the presence of the fruit are Greek. After all, for the culture of the time, the pomegranate was considered a religious element, like a sacred fruit.

The species is still very common in places in the Mediterranean, the eastern portion, and the Middle East. However, we see a rapid expansion to countries in Europe, some of the main responsible for the cultivation of pomegranate.

Nowadays, the leading role in cultivation is turned to Spain, Italy and even Brazil, given the climatic conditions. Due to its tradition as a Christmas element, many nations choose to import the fruit at the end of the year.

HOW TO PLANT POMEGRANATE

To plant the pomegranate fruit, you need to buy quality seeds. Be careful when choosing the store where this purchase will be made, as the species may need special attention during cultivation.

You will need to plant in separate pots, with a maximum of 3 seeds per unit. Afterwards, when the fruit starts to grow, it is essential to transport the seedling to the ground.

Cultivation needs a lot of moisture. Therefore, most invest in programmed techniques, such as keeping the vase inside a basin of water during the first moments. Afterwards, it is recommended to cover the vase with plastic, avoiding infestations and preserving moisture.

The ideal conditions for planting pomegranate fruit are:

  • very well drained soil
  • very wet soil
  • Mixed earth with organic matter
  • Low wind regions

POMEGRANATE: BENEFITS AND HARMS

Now that you know everything about growing this fruit, let’s talk about some of the benefits of pomegranate. Follow it below!

1.Helps to lose weight

One of the biggest benefits of pomegranate is its slimming power. In fact, the fruit is extremely used in diets! But what happens so that pomegranate helps to lose weight? We can speak of two phenomena within our organism.

The first one is the low calorie count, which prevents the accumulation of too much body fat. Precisely because of this, you can calmly consume the fruit every day. There is a strong stimulation of the feeling of fullness as well.

The second is focused on the antioxidant properties of the pomegranate. With the composition of vitamin B complex and vitamin C, this fruit prevents substances harmful to metabolism from being in excess inside the body. So you don’t have to worry about water retention, one of the biggest causes of swelling!

2.Uses for urinary infection

Pomegranate is for urinary tract infection! The effect is partly due to the antioxidant power mentioned above. There is also the issue of substances that help the gastrointestinal system function correctly.

But what does the antioxidant effect have to do with infections? Stop and think about a fact: to eliminate the bacteria that cause disease, you need an expelling process. This happens with the help of urine.

The antioxidant properties are responsible for promoting cleanliness in the body. This means that they remove everything that is hindering proper functioning.

To complete the picture, the pomegranate leaf is used to improve digestion and prevent problems with the intestinal tract.

Some other inflammations and infections are also treated using the fruit. One of the best known options is pomegranate throat tea, for example.

3.Helps in men’s sexual health 

One of the benefits of the pomegranate for men is the aid in situations of sexual impotence. The fruit works as a natural equivalent of Viagra. Recommended for this function is to use pomegranate juice.

When there is a picture of sexual impotence, two things can be happening: incorrect vascularization of the penile area, or failure in the production of testosterone. The two causes even coexist in union for the man who suffers from this problem.

Pomegranate juice helps with the production of nitric oxide. The substance, in addition to stimulating the body’s natural production of testosterone, does away with the issue of vascularization. The oxide increases blood flow in the region, which facilitates a man’s sexual performance. Because of this quick and efficient effect, it’s worth a try!

POMEGRANATE HARM

Pomegranate consumption needs to be done with control. After all, there are the evils that so many people talk about. And they can be present in pomegranate tea, in the simple consumption of fruit and even in juices, depending on the form of preparation.

The danger of the pomegranate is in its shell, which, despite being thrown away, has a minimal amount of toxic substances that act on the edible portion: the alkaloids. This is the main danger of the fruit.

When there is an exaggerated consumption, the tendency is for the appearance of symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • High pressure
  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn

It is worth mentioning that the pomegranate, a very acidic fruit, harms the health of people with sensitive stomachs. Those who have ulcers, for example, should stay away from this food.

Finally, it is important to beware of allergies. Pay attention to the appearance of spots on the skin, as the fruit brings this possibility to some people.

POMEGRANATE: HOW TO EAT

Do you already know how to eat pomegranate? It may seem like a useless question, but the very constitution of the fruit leaves people confused. Follow some recipes and consumption possibilities.

What few people know is that you don’t consume the fruit itself, but the pomegranate seeds. After all, as stated in a previous topic, it is this portion of the food that contains the pulp.

There are several ways to eat pomegranate. It is one of the most adapted fruits to accompany other foods. However, the most traditional way is by removing the seeds. The process must be done by hand or with a spoon.

It is recommended to use water to soften the structure of the pomegranate fruit, facilitating the complete removal of the seeds. Dip the pomegranate into a bowl to start.

POMEGRANATE RECIPES

Okay, now that you understand how to eat pure pomegranate, let’s show you some recipes. The best known are pomegranate juice and pomegranate tea. Watch!

HOW TO MAKE POMEGRANATE TEA

You will need:

  • Pomegranate peel (10 grams)
  • Cup of water (1 unit)
  • Sugar (to taste)

How to prepare: start by separating the skins and boiling the water. Afterwards, mix the two ingredients and turn off the heat. It is important to leave the pan closed so that there is a concentration of heat. The process must be carried out for 10 minutes. Finally, sweeten the drink.

This is the pomegranate tea recipe for sore throat. If you are looking to improve your health, you should invest in 2 glasses a day. Just be careful not to sweeten the drink and lose its properties.

HOW TO MAKE POMEGRANATE JUICE

You will need:

  • Romans (2 units)
  • Water (200 ml)

How to prepare: remove all the pulp from the pomegranate and start beating the seeds in a blender. Then add the water and beat a little more, until the juice has a more liquid consistency. If you want, you can add ice, making it an ideal summer drink.

Pomegranate juice makes you slimmer and is one of the greatest allies of those on a diet. However, to ensure the desired effects, the ideal is to avoid sugar. The natural fruit flavor is not the worst, and you can get used to it quickly.

The ideal is to consume a glass a day, preferably at breakfast. So you start the day with a low-calorie drink.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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