A medicinal plant of the Lythraceae family, the pomegranate is native to the Middle East, Persia and the Mediterranean Basin. It is now accessible in all temperate zones around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Asia. It bears the scientific name punica granatum and can reach a height of 6 m. This ornamental shrub shines in your gardens with its pretty red flowers. It can gracefully live up to more than 190 years. The pomegranate is a fruit with a thousand culinary and therapeutic virtues. It is flooded with natural antioxidants (polyphenols) and vitamin C. Individuals suffering from cardiovascular disorders are especially the main beneficiaries of the pomegranate.
What diseases can pomegranate treat?
This plant has different therapeutic properties: neuro-protective, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, toning, antioxidant and antibacterial. It prevents the risks of cardiovascular diseases and osteoarthritis. It is generally used in case of erection problems or a long persistence of cough. Thus, it is effective in treating other chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, obesity or cell aging.
Pomegranate and its different applications in herbal medicine
This plant gives you all its riches in different forms. This pomegranate fruit is not difficult to prepare. Indeed, it can be eaten raw, in juice, in syrups or in extract. As a dietary supplement, the pomegranate is presented in the form of powders and capsules.
It is important to specify that just one pomegranate can meet 40% of our daily vitamin C needs. This proves its great usefulness and importance in our daily lives.
The secrets of pomegranate juice
The pomegranate is known to have an auspicious function. It essentially produces a tasty juice. In addition to being thirst-quenching, this famous drink is rich in flavonoids, tannins and ellagic acid. Here are some lists of its benefits. Indeed, its regular consumption allows:
- the proper functioning of the memory,
- the internal cleansing of the body,
- the relief of inflammatory rheumatism,
- weight loss,
- the reduction of bad cholesterol,
- improving the elasticity of blood vessels,
- and regulation of blood pressure (systolic or diastolic).
The pomegranate (juice or extract) also has great potential in fight against cancer ; specifically breast, colon and prostate cancers.
To make the juice, you have two options:
- Mix or press only the seeds.
- Mix or squeeze the whole fruit with its white membranes.
Using the grenade: points to pay attention to
Like any other fruit, pomegranate consumption can only be beneficial to health. Indeed, it does not essentially cause side effects. Just as a precaution, it is best that children (especially those under 12) do not take nutritional supplements that contain pomegranate. A medical consultation with a professional practitioner is then necessary at this time.