POMEGRANATE

POMEGRANATE

 

Article by Kaniz F. Shah


Botanical Name: Punica granatum
English Name:  Pomegranate
Hindi Name:  anar
Popular Name(s): Pomegranate, anar
Kingdom: Plantae
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Class:  
Order: myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: punica
Species: p. granatum
Parts Used: fruit, seed, peel
Habitat: Himalayas, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Persia, Turkey, Arabian Peninsula
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Taste:   
Odor: sweet, tart
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Extraction method: steam distilled from peel and seed
Blends with: 2.93-3.20

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Nutrients:

Vitamin C is 12% of RDA, vitamin K is 16% of RDA, polyphenols (flavonoids), puninic acid (65.3%), palmitic acid (4.8%), stearic acid (2.3%), oleic acid (6.3%), and linoleic acid (6.6%) and many others.

 

Properties:

Astringent, Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antibacterial, antiulcer, antimicrobial, blood buider

Health Benefits:

  • Healthy for the Heart:

    Research shows pomegranate can help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. This could possibly reduce plaque formation and heart disease. It inhibits angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), which reducing blood pressure when consumed for at least two weeks. It also works like a blood thinner, which could reduce the risk of blood clotting.
  • Anti-cancer:

    Research shows that pomegranate has anti-cancer effects for lung, prostate, skin and colon cancers.
  • Digestive support:

    The pomegranate fruit promotes digestive health and can help reduce diarrhea when boiled and used as a tea.
  • Blood formation:

    In Unani medicine, the pomegranate is known as a miracle fruit that helps produce more red blood cells in the body and helps treat anemia. Pregnant women are said they should eat a pomegranate each day not only for her health but the health of the baby as well. The Quran refers to pomegranate as a “fruit of Jannah” (heaven). It is one of the most beautiful, delicious and beneficial fruits created by God.
  • Other Health benefits:

    Pomegranate may also help with arthritis, diabetes, viruses and Alzheimer’s disease.

Pomegranate Seeds Oil Benefits For Hair:

  • Adds Shine & Luster to Hair:

    It makes the hair shiny and can be used as a carrier oil with other oils like jojoba oil or almond oil.
  • Nourishes the Hair:

    Being rich in vitamin C & K, essential fatty acids and punicic acid, pomegranate seeds hydrate and nourish the hair and add gloss to dry and dull hair. It also helps reduce flakiness and itchiness of the scalp.
  • Creates Strong and Beautiful Hair:

    The punicic acid helps revitalize and strengthen the hair and make it healthy. The high antioxidant and vitamin content of this oil help to increase blood circulation in the scalp, strengthen blood vessels and promote healthy hair growth.

Pomegranate Seed Oil Skin Benefits:

  • Anti-aging:

    The natural antioxidants present in pomegranate seed oil help to protect the skin from the harmful free radicals. The punicic acid in pomegranate seed oil helps to increase the production, and reduce the breakdown of collagen fibers, thereby preventing the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing on the skin. Antioxidants like Vitamin C enhance skin elasticity, improve skin tone and balance the skin’s pH level to create healthy, radiant and youthful skin.
  • Acne prevention:

    This oil has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It combats bacteria and reduces acne. It also regulates the production of sebum and helps treat hormonal imbalances in the body, which help prevent acne.
  • Combats dry skin and heals wounds:

    This oil helps to treat skin problems like dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and sunburns.Its potent healing qualities are helpful in repairing wounds, cuts, pimples, cracks and other breakouts on the skin without leaving any scars or marks behind.
  • Moisturizes and revitalized the skin:

    This emollient rich oil with punicic adic moisturizes, revitalizes and rejuvenates your skin.

WARNING:

This article is for informational purpose only. Pomegranate is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is generally safe when used (diluted) on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.

Bibliography:

  1. Graedon, Terry. Cancer. The Peoples Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies. By Joe Graedon. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2011. 42.

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