Pomegranate, pomegranate or pomegranate, lat. Punica granatum, is one of the oldest fruits known to mankind.
Records about him can be found in many cultures and religions.
This nutritious fruit rich in antioxidants has always been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.
Extremely popular are its juice, seeds and oil.
Many studies have confirmed that it is one of the world's najljekovitijih fruit for the beneficial effects on the cardiovascular, nervous and skeletal system.
Composition and therapeutic properties of pomegranate
Pomegranate is a good source of vitamin B5, potassium, natural phenolics such as flavonoids and ellagitannins.
Hundred milligrams of pomegranate contains 16 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C
It contains phytochemicals that stimulate production of serotonin in a better mood and estrogen to maintain bone mass. This discovery is extremely important for the prevention of osteoporosis.
Clinical studies show that substances found only in disturbed sites, called punicalagini, health benefits the heart and blood vessels. Lower cholesterol and blood pressure, accelerating melting deposits in the vessels caused by atherosclerosis.
Punicalagini are the main source of the antioxidant activity of pomegranate.
With benefits for the heart and blood vessels, pomegranate ingredients inhibit the growth of breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and prevent changes that promote tumor growth.
It has been shown that a glass of pomegranate juice a day has stronger antioxidant activity than a glass of red wine or green tea, and pomegranate extract works up to ten times stronger.
To lift the immunity and prevention of health disorders experts recommend a daily intake 2.5 ounces freshly squeezed juice or pomegranate buying quality.
Use pomegranate juice:
reduces the risk of several cancers
protect against osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease
strengthens the immune system
keep dental health
destroying e.coli and staphylococcus
preserves the health of the heart and blood vessels
improves erectile function
improves the quality of sperm
Pomegranate oil is extremely rich and nutritious and can be applied locally and orally in cosmetic and medical purposes.
There estrogen, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Studies show that pomegranate oil protects against cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
The richness of antioxidants pomegranate oil makes a powerful ally against aging.
The ingredients punicična and ellagic acid cure, heal and moisturize dry, popucalu, tired and irritated skin.
Returning elasticity of the skin, at the same time fighting against eczema, psoriasis and sun burned skin.Fatty acids contained in reducing swelling and pain in the muscles.
Is rich in phytoestrogens, which ease the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and premenopausal, mood swings, night sweats and lack of libido.
Pomegranate oil can be used topically, orally, and massage.
As a means for skin care is usually blended with other base oils to make him speed up absorption through the skin and improve the texture and feel of the skin.
Since it is made soaps, massage oils, luxurious cosmetics for the face and other beauty products.
Applying pomegranate in cooking
Pomegranate preparing jellies, cookies, syrup, molasses, fruit juices, liqueurs, wine, vinegar and tea.
One to two pomegranates, chop and place in a bottle along with the skin. Pour one liter of apple cider vinegar and let it bark moči 30 days and strain. Recommended as a dressing for salads to people who have amoebas or other intestinal parasites.
Greek yogurt with pomegranate
1 liter of Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon orange flower water
1 large pomegranate
Mix together all ingredients and serve with mint leaves and integrated biscuits.
3 cups cold pomegranate juice
½ cup honey or agave syrup
1 lemon juice
Juice, mix well with honey or agave syrup and add lemon juice. Once you leave it in the freezer for three hours, you can enjoy this extremely healthy and tasty dessert.
Harvesting and storage
Pomegranate grows as a shrub, blooms in summer and ripens in late fall. It is planted in the shelter on the south side, because he needs a lot of sun. The fruits are hard and round, and after picking does not begin to ripen, so it will not become sweeter if left to sit.
At room temperature, the fruit can stand a month in the refrigerator for two months. Cleaned pomegranate can freeze up to a year. Fresh juice can be stored in refrigerator up to three days.