“Not just an apple, but a pomegranate a day can also keep the doctor away”
Is it only me or your mom also used to give you long lectures on the health benefits of fruits during childhood? Honestly, as a kid, I was more into junk food than fruits & salads. However, the one fruit for which I couldn’t say ‘No’ was – Pomegranate. Little I knew that time of pomegranate healthy benefits.
Are you aware that the delicious pomegranate with its jewel-like seeds (arils) is packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins? Its juice is considered to have greater antioxidant capacity than green tea, red wine, grape juice and cranberry juice. This red ruby fruit is basically the power pack of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Pomegranate’s impressive nutrient profile –
Pomegranates have been used in medical products for millennials. Apart from its innumerable health benefits, the fruit is incredible for skin and hair. I have been using pomegranates for years now, not only in fruit salads but also as DIY packs for healthy skin and hair growth. Here I am sharing a few of the many health benefits of pomegranate, along with DIYs that I regularly try.
Here it goes-
1. Anti-aging Effects
Pomegranate is the holy grail for skin treatment. It is packed with antioxidants like proanthocyanidins & flavonoidsare and vitamin C, which not only nourishes the skin but also helps to delays the signs of aging.
DIY Face Pack: Take 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate Peel Powder and 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. Mix all the three ingredients to form a smooth paste. Apply this paste to your face & neck and leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. This face pack helps to brighten the skin, and treat pigmentation.
2. Skin Nourishment
Pomegranate is effective for most skin types, especially for dry skin. Pomegranate Seed Oil helps to nourish the dry and cracked skin. Its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate into the skin and prevent moisture loss.
DIY Face Cream: Take 2/3 tablespoon Pomegranate Seed Oil, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 3 tablespoons each of rose water & shea butter. Mix all the ingredients and form a paste. Store in a bottle at a cool place, and apply a small amount daily on your face after cleansing.
3. Acne Treatment
The antioxidants in pomegranate skirmish acne breakouts and inflammation. The fruit is rich in Vitamin C – influential antioxidants that protect skin from harmful free radicals. Vitamin C also adjusts the sebum released by the sebaceous glands (excess oily skin), which is the root cause of acne.
DIY Face Pack: Mix 2 tablespoons of Pomegranate Peel Powder and 1 tablespoon each of turmeric powder & Rose Water. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and leave for 15 minutes, then wash with cold water.
4. Hair Growth
Pomegranate does wonders for healthy and strong hair. The vitamins and minerals in Pomegranate Seed Oil not only nourish and moisturize the hair but also strengthen the hair follicles. The oil is especially beneficial for curly and frizzy hair, as it makes hair soft and silky.
DIY Oil: Heat the Pomegranate Seed Oil for 2-3 min and massage your scalp. Cover your hair with the towel and leave it for 30-45 min. Rinse with shampoo and conditioner. The regular use of this provides natural shine and nourishment to dull and frizzy hair.
5. Digestive Care
Pomegranate seeds contain rich fiber which boosts the digestive system. Its seeds also contain B-complex vitamins which help the body to convert fat, protein and carbohydrates into energy.
DIY Juice: Prepare a fresh juice of 1 pomegranate, and add 1 tablespoon of the honey to the juice. Drink daily (preferably during the morning), to cure indigestion.
6. Treat Anemia
Pomegranate is a rich source of iron – 100 gm of pomegranate contain 0.3mg of iron. The high iron content in pomegranate helps to reduce the symptoms of anemia – such as exhaustion, dizziness, and weakness. The regular consumption of this fruit helps to maintain healthy blood flow and appropriate supply of iron in the blood.
7. Reduce Heart Burns
A regular intake of pomegranate juice combats the risk of heart attack & stroke, by maintaining blood circulation in the body. The antioxidant components in this fruit make blood thinner and prevent bad cholesterol from accumulating in arteries, keeping the arteries clear from clots.
8. Increase immunity
Pomegranate is a good source of three antioxidants – tannins (which has made red wine famously healthy), ellagic acid and anthocyanins. These antioxidants play a vital role in boosting the body’s immunity system. The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties in pomegranates combat fungal & bacterial infection and keep the body healthy.
I love to use natural and organic products. Here are the links to the products that I use to prepare these DIYs –
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions regarding your medical condition. Do not disregard the professional medical advice.
I hope you enjoy pomegranate juice and DIYs as much as I do.
Eat Healthy & Stay Healthy – LifeBeingMomma