Pomegranate: health benefits and virtues

Grenade

The grenade  is the result of the  grenadier ( Punica granatum  L. ), a shrub of the Punicaceae family.

Native to Iran, Afghanistan and the Mediterranean Basin, this fruit is one of the oldest. It offers many health benefits and virtues, including certain medicinal properties that have been recognized for a long time.

Pomegranate and its health benefits

  • Very rich in vitamin C and in polyphenols as well as in vitamins B6 and B9 The pomegranate is the ideal antioxidant fruit to include in your diet. Its positive effect on cardiovascular disorders , l’ arthritis and some cancers is recognized.
  • Pomegranate juice also helps to fight against the cell ageing and delays the development of the atherosclerosis .
  •  The pomegranate flowers (called balustrades ) are  astringent . They are recommended to treat  leuchoureas  and to stop the bleeding.
  • The infusion of pomegranate flowers (30 g per litre of boiling water) is effective against diarrhoea at the rate of one cup every hour.
  • In gargle Pomegranate juice is effective in calming the  cough because of its calming power.
  • Rich in fibres and slightly diuretic, the pomegranate is used in the cures of detox to cleanse the body and facilitate weight reduction .
  • The grenade could also have  anti-inflammatory properties , antibacterials and antiviral drugs that would relieve rheumatism .
  • L’ pomegranate peel  has a good deed  deworming  against ascaris .
  • Attention s, the  alkaloids  contained in pomegranate bark are toxic . The medicinal use of the plant is therefore not recommended and is also forbidden to children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Cultivate pomegranate for its benefits

  • In order to flourish, the pomegranate needs full sun and a fairly good exposure hot . The floor must be rich , deep It should be hard, calcareous and should not dry out.
  • The fruit of the pomegranate tree will not be able to reach maturity  than in regions with a mild climate.
  • If you wish to grow the potted pomegranate If you are looking for a variety that is more than a little bit different, choose the “Nana” variety with its double red flowers. Be aware, however, that it does not bear fruit.

Pomegranate in the kitchen for its benefits

  • In general, one tastes the raw grenade in salty or sweet salads. You can also cook it in syrup or in jam even if its flavor is less important.
  • Pomegranate juice is a power booster ideal for breakfast.
  • You can also add  fresh pomegranate seeds in a fruit salad, arugula salad or lamb’s lettuce salad.

Nutritional intake of the pomegranate

70 kcal/100 g. The pomegranate is rich in iron, potassium and vitamins B and C.