Pomegranate is a typically autumn fruit that contains very few calories and has many beneficial properties. It fights wrinkles, protects the heart from cardiovascular diseases and has anti-cancer properties.
Pomegranate is rich in vitamin C, K and group B as well as antioxidants, proteins and carbohydrates, it has also an high content of potassium and other minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It has very few calories, only 60 kcal per 100 grams, and it is therefore also indicated in low-calorie diets and it contains tannin which has astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. But let's look specifically at its main benefits.
Pomegranate has anti-aging properties: this food is rich in antioxidants and it provides a very high level of absorption of free radicals; its intake therefore allows you to fight the signs of aging while keeping the body young. It contributes to cell renewal by promoting tissue repair and reduces hyperpigmentation that causes spots on the skin. In addition, pomegranate juice is an excellent ally for treating oily or acne-prone skin.
Pomegranate has anti-cancer properties: thanks to the presence of tannins and polyphenols, the pomegranate has anti-cancer properties, and thanks to the anthocyanins contained in pomegranate juice, it protects the skin from UV rays, often responsible for skin cancer.
Pomegranate helps the heart and reduces bad cholesterol: especially pomegranate juice acts as an anticoagulant limiting the risk of arteriosclerosis and it prevents cardiovascular disease. It also monitors the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) increasing the good (HDL) one, by improving the health of the heart. Eating pomegranate seeds helps increase oxygen levels in the heart.
Pomegranate provides benefits for stomach and intestines: pomegranate helps fight nausea and intestinal parasites as well as being an adjuvant to treat hemorrhoids. In addition the seeds, prepared as a decoction, are useful against diarrhea while the juice can be used as a natural laxative.
Pomegranate treats anemia: being rich in iron, pomegranate is also perfect in case of anemia, because it helps increase the level of hemoglobin in the blood.
Pomegranate is a remedy for colds and flu: given the high amount of vitamin C, pomegranate helps to soothe the symptoms of colds and flu. Just drink 2 glasses a day of pure pomegranate juice added to 1 liter of water.
Pomegranate helps teeth and gums: thanks to pomegranate juice, we can prevent and remove dental plaque and alleviate the symptoms of inflamed gums. The remedy is to use pomegranate juice as a mouthwash, or to chew a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds after each meal.
Does pomegranate fight cellulite?
Thanks to the high content of polyphenols and mineral salts, the pomegranate fruit can help to fight cellulite. Its seeds also contain vitamin C and potassium that help eliminate excess fluids, giving tone and firmness to the skin and eliminating the orange peel effect. Potassium is important for its draining and diuretic properties, so pomegranate fights water retention and works as a natural anti-inflammatory. Against cellulite it is necessary to eat the seeds of the pomegranate or apply to the skin the juice mixed with orange oil and clay to create a cream to be applied on the body leaving it for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. With pomegranate seed oil, to which you should add shea butter, you can make a firming cream to help reduce localized fat deposits.