All you need to learn about Pomegranate
In this blog, we want to explain why you should switch to pomegranate as your everyday snack. Pomegranate is a magical fruit with antioxidant power that can protect your heart and bones.
The origins of the pomegranate can be traced back to Persia (Pomegranate was originally named “Anar/انار”) The pomegranate fruit, however, is now produced all over the world. This fruit comes in a variety of colours and flavours, ranging from red to black and sour to sweet, and is frequently utilised in Persian cuisine and traditions.
Pomegranate Health Benefits:
Including pomegranate in your regular diet will help to improve and regulate blood flow and it also includes various minerals and vitamins, which help in preventing heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. As pomegranate juice decreases oxidative damage caused by exercise it can be considered as a performance enhancer that may help reduce soreness and improve muscle recovery. Recent studies have found drinking 230ml pomegranate juice before a workout can help reduce muscle soreness and that’s probably why most athletes and fitness enthusiasts are now considering pomegranate juice as a pre-workout drink.
Pomegranate contains two potent medicinal properties known as Punicic acid and Punicalagins- known to be potent antioxidants- which are found in pomegranate juice and peel.
Punicic Acid is the main fatty acid found in its arils (the proper name for the edible seeds found inside of a pomegranate). Punicalagins have been found to have three times the antioxidant activity of green tea and red wine. Therefore, pomegranate’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent skin from sun damage and therefore it can help decrease the incidence of wrinkles and spots. In general, most of the health benefits of pomegranates are due to these two powerful substances.
Let’s take a look at a few fun facts about pomegranate which you probably didn’t know!
- The antioxidant content of pomegranate juice is higher than that of most other fruit juices and contains more than 100 phytochemicals which lead to a vibrant red seed.
- Pomegranate trees have a lifespan of more than 200 years.
- The pomegranate fruit has been used as medicine for thousands of years.
- The juice of a single pomegranate contains more than 40% of your daily vitamin C intake.
- Pomegranate juice can help with digestion and reduce inflammation in the stomach because of its high concentration of antioxidants.
- Pomegranates are traditionally a Middle Eastern fruit.
- Pomegranates are considered a superfood.
- Around 3% of the weight of a pomegranate is made up of seeds.
- Pomegranates can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two months.
- Pomegranates are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fats.
- More than 1,000 seeds can be found in a single pomegranate.
- The pomegranate tree was thought to have originated from the blood of Dionysus, the god of wine, by the ancient Greeks.
- Pomegranates are associated with prosperity and fertility in Hinduism.
- Pomegranate juice, according to several modest studies, can help prevent the spread of prostate cancer cells.
- Pomegranates also are a good source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B5, and vitamin K.
- Pomegranates belong to the berry family.
- Punica granatum is the botanical name for pomegranate.
- In ancient Rome, the pomegranate was crushed and used as a dye.
- Pomegranate trees thrive in hot, dry environments.
- Pomegranates come in over 760 different types.
How to select the best pomegranate in store?
Choose a pomegranate with a deep red hue that appears to weigh a lot for its size when you're at the store. Scratch gently any skin that is shiny and devoid of blemishes. It's probably ripe if it's soft and simple to scratch. The fruit should be shaped like a squared-off round. The seeds within a pomegranate with this form have attained their juiciest potential. Also, remember that you can refrigerate your pomegranate for five days if you crack open the skin!