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Pomegranate: anti-oxidant power

08/10/2017 10:41
Posted By EP

 

 

One pomegranate for a hundred diseases

Pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health and it has the most powerful anti-oxidant among all fruits.

The pomegranate is hailed as a kind of wonder fruit – and this is something Ayurveda has been aware of for centuries. In Indian culture, this fruit has been prized as a balancing, tridoshic healthy fruit. That means, it’s good for every body type.

There is a very famous saying in India: “One pomegranate for a hundred diseases”

 

Benefits

More and more people are making the pomegranate a part of their daily diet because of the health benefits for body and mind.

It is known as ‘miracle fruit’ due to presence of abundant antioxidants. Pomegranate juice is said to be anti-cancerous, especially in case of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.

Qualities of pomegranate fruits is explained in Ayurveda based on taste. Based on pomegranate taste, it is classified into three categories:

Sweet pomegranate fruit

  • The sweet pomegranates are having the rarest Tridosha balance effect. There are only a handful of herbs with Tridosha balance effect. (amla fruit is another example)
  • The sweet pomegranate fruit is used ideal to be taken during fever.
  • It relieves excessive thirst and burning sensation
  • It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, esophagus stomach and chest.
  • It is said to be a good natual aphrodisiac and to improve sperm count and semen quality
  • It undergoes digestion very easily, very light on stomach
  • It also has astringent taste, helps to relieve diarrhoea, useful in IBS, ulcerative colitis
  • It is said to improve intelligence, immunity and body strength
  • Good for heart

Sweet-Sour Pomegranate fruit

  • Pomegranates having sweet and sour taste improves digestion power of stomach
  • Helps relieve anorexia 
  • Improves taste of food
  • It slightly increases Pitta

Sour pomegranate fruit  

  • Pomegranate fruit having predominant sour taste increases Pitta to a greater extent
  • Balances Kapha and Vata
  • Ideal ingredient for diet in Rheumatoid arthritis

 

Side effects

It is known to cause constipation, hence is used as a home remedy for diarrhoea. But people with constipation need to watch out.

 

Nutritional values

Nutritionally, pomegranate is one of the important fruits that are endowed with nearly no fat, low sugar, satisfactorily calorie, fibre, vitamin and other minerals.

In 100 grams of pomegranate, the nutritional facts are: Fat (0.3 gram), Fibre (0.6 gm), Sugar (16.57 gm), Carbohydrate (17.17 gm),  Energy (70 K cal), Niacin (0.3mg), Riboflavin (0.063 mg), Thiamine (0.03 mg), Protein (0.95 gm), Iron (0.3 mg), Calcium (3 mg), vitamin C (6.1 mg), Folate (6mg), Vitamin B6 (0.105 mg), Vitamin B5 (0.596 mg), Zinc (0.12 mg), Potassium (259 mg), Phosphorous (8 mg) and Magnesium (3 mg).

 

Pomegranate juice

Press pomegranate halves like oranges (or slow-juice them). Press till half a litre of juice, add a small squize of lemon juice and a thin slice of fresh ginger.

 

Modern views on pomegranate

Modern science hails pomegranate benefits in many ways. Pomegranate is a proven rich source of anti-oxidants, hence it is very good for heart. Interesting to know that this finding matches with Hridya – protecting and promoting heart health claim by centuries old Ayurveda matches with the scientific research.

 

 

Disclaimer

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or email Sri Sri Ayurveda. Check with your doctor before taking herbs, herbal food supplements or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.