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 antioxidant 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”
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.
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)
- 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
- It undergoes digestion very easily, very light on stomach
- It also has astringent taste, helps to relieve diarrhoea
Sweet-Sour Pomegranate fruit
- Pomegranates having sweet and sour taste improves digestion power of stomach
- Helps relieve appetite loss
- 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 joint problems
It is known to cause constipation, hence is used as a home remedy for diarrhoea. But people with constipation need to watch out.
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).
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
Due to the rich source of antioxidants, pomegranate is no longer seen as protective of health only within Ayurveda. In future we also expect to hear much good about the beneficial properties of pomegranate in the West. As is often the case, these properties have been known within Ayurveda for thousands of years.
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