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The healing power of pomegranate

  1. The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit that belongs to the so-called 'superfoods'. Pomegranates contain a lot of healthy nutrients, such as vitamin B5, vitamin C and potassium. In addition, pomegranates are full of antioxidants, such as tannins, flavanoids. There are also a lot of polyphenols present. Antioxidants contain important properties to fight free radicals. Pomegranate is thus an aid that helps protect against diseases that arise as a result of infections. The pomegranate also protects against cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis. Pomegranate thus offers many health benefits.

What is a pomegranate?

  1. The pomegranate is a red fruit (can also have a different color) that is mainly found - in the neighboring countries of the Low Countries - in the areas around the Mediterranean. Inside the fruit you see separate cells that are filled with berries, each containing a seed. A good pomegranate is characterized by a shiny skin. After all, with a dry peel you will notice that the content of the fruit is no longer juicy.

The origin of the pomegranate

  1. The pomegranates (Punica granatum) are originally from Persia. They are mainly cultivated in the areas around the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India and the Caucasus. "Punica" refers to the Phoenicians, who spread the cultivation of pomegranates for religious reasons. The word "granatum" has its origin in Latin. It literally means grain (granum). The gemstone “garnet” is also named after the pomegranate, because of its color but also the shape of the cells in the fruit, which look like gemstones.

Health benefits - healing power

  1. The pomegranate has already proven that it has a beneficial medicinal effect. The pomegranate is more and more respected in the Western medical world and has many health benefits.

Pomegranate as an anti-inflammatory

  1. Vegetable flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory effect on many diseases. Pomegranate thus has an important anti-inflammatory function. These flavonoids, present in the fruit, are well absorbed by the body and are not toxic at all.

Cholesterol lowering and protector against cardiovascular disease

  1. The pomegranate reduces the number of fatty acids in the body, with a lower cholesterol level as a result. In addition, it also lowers blood pressure, with a reduced risk of stroke. Blood thinning, improved blood flow and proper maintenance of the good cholesterol are some examples of the pomegranate's health benefits.

Protection against Alzheimer's

  1. Pomegranates are full of polyphenols, which in turn ensure the production and rejuvenation of bodily cells. Pomegranate contains four times more polyphenols than green tea or red wine. Regular consumption of this fruit can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Rich in vitamins

  1. A pomegranate contains about half the recommended amount of vitamin C. On top of that, pomegranate contains a lot of fiber, potassium, folic acid and the necessary amounts of vitamins A and E. A pomegranate therefore contributes to a good absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Other health benefits

  1. The pomegranate will stop the enzymes that affect the cartilage causing osteoarthritis. In this way, the pomegranate can help prevent osteoarthritis. Pomegranates are said to relieve menopausal symptoms in women, and drinking pomegranate juice would help prevent plaque.

Remarkable: pomegranate is good for the skin

  1. The pomegranate also has a positive effect on the skin. Due to the large amount of antioxidants, the pomegranate ensures a beautiful, fresh and young skin. The nutrients in the seeds have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. In general, the pomegranate ensures a good cell and water balance, optimal collagen production and smoothed wrinkles. The fruit is also known as a symbol of health, vitality, fertility and a happy and long life.

Important Facts

  1. Worldwide there are about 300 varieties of pomegranates. They vary in color from dark red to yellow-brown and in taste from very sweet to very sour. The most famous pomegranates, however, have a red color. About 40% of the pomegranate consists of juice. Squeeze the pomegranate and strain the juice. It is the best guarantee for a tasty and healthy drink. The Spanish Granada and the Caribbean peninsula of Grenada are named after the pomegranate. The coat of arms of Granada contains the fruit. The flag of Grenada has a nutmeg and not a pomegranate. The hand grenade was also named after the pomegranate. The resemblance of a falling pomegranate - with seeds splashing - is reminiscent of a grenade exploding. The grenadilla (passion flower) was also named after the pomegranate because they are very similar.

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