Friday, February 3, 2017

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum Linnaeus)

Pomegranate is a fruit with important therapeutic properties.

It is rich in vitamins A, C and E and in numerous minerals (such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium), carbohydrate and fiber.

One pomegranate can cover 40% of the amount of vitamin C and 25% of the amount of folic acid of an adult’s daily dietary requirements.
It also contains high amounts of fiber while it is low in calories.

The beneficial properties of pomegranate due to the high concentration of phenols contained are greater than those  of red wine, blueberries, cranberries and orange.

What’s most important is that only in the fruit of pomegranate the phenolic substance "punicalagins" (from the Latin name of pomegranate Punica) can be found together with a high concentration in elagitanini, a substance contained in all parts of the pomegranate.

An easy way to clean it easily without getting dirty

1) Put the fruit into a bowl with cold water and leave it for about 10 minutes.

2) Next  open the pomegranate the way we peel an orange, while it is still in the water, so as to deseed it.

3) Strain the water with the seeds in it and the final result is that we come out with clean pomegranate seeds without residues of the fruit membranes.

How to choose good pomegranate

- The fruits ripen late September and early October and are considered mature when they acquire the characteristic color of their variety.

- Choose  heavy pomegranates with shiny and tight skin, the ripe ones with the  red tending to orange-brown colour.

How to preserve the fruit

- Pomegranates can, relatively, be preserved easily. As easily as apples.

- During preservation, the fruits get more juicy and aromatic.

- Keep pomegranates at room temperature.

- If you want to keep them for several months, then you can keep them at the bottom of the refrigerator (5-8C storage temperature) for 2-3 months time or even store the seeds of the fruit in a special package, in the freezer.

- An excellent way to preserve the fruit is by squeezing it and freezing its juice in small containers (0,5lt). The optimal freezing temperature is -40 degrees Celsius. Defrosting takes place in a refrigerator and should be consumed within a maximum of three days. If frozen at -18 degrees Celsius then the time duration of storage in the freezer shortens to 6 months.

The juices which are placed on the market have been treated in a way that reduces significantly the nutrient quality of the fruit.

The pomegranate has the following effects on the human body

- antimicrobial effect
- anti-inflammatory effect
- antitussive or cough suppressive effect
- styptic effect (the effect of drawing tissue together)
- healing effect
- antidiarrheal effect
- digestive effect

We can say briefly that this fruit has the power to: slow aging, protect our kidneys, regenerate our liver, strengthen our immune system, act as an anti-allergic, prevent heart diseases, prevent prostate cancer, act against breast and skin cancer, protect our DNA, bring our  blood pressure to normal, regulate our blood sugar, protect us from Alzheimer's disease  and osteoarthritis, protects us against infections. It is also considered to be a natural substitute for Viagra.

Eventually, the pomegranate is proved to be (when used for a long term)  a precious fruit as well as an ally of our health with remarkable healing properties supported by modern clinical studies.

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