Do you ever consume pomegranate? Maybe we always hear its name but many people have consumed it. It is caused that many people only use it as a plant house.
Pomegranate (Punica granatum) shape is round with diameter 5 – 12 cm and it has varieties color from purple green, white, brown red or purple black. There are many pomegranate seeds, their shape are oval, rather flat and solid. They are irregular with red, pink or whit color.
But do you know? Although pomegranate seeds are solid, they can be consumed because theirs nutrition and benefits. This article will explore about health benefits of pomegranate seeds.
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Nutritional Value of Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds contain natural oil 20% of total pomegranate seeds weight. Based on article Journal of food composition and analysis (2006), Pomegranate oil has the most linoleic acid and omega 3. Besides that, there are protein, crude fiber, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols.
Because of pomegranate has very thin pulp, consuming and calculation nutrition of pomegranate are done with its seeds. In a half cup of pomegranate seeds with its epidermis (thin pulp), There are around 72 calories, 1.5 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g dietary fiber, and 0 g fat body. Besides that, there are also 16% benefits of vitamin K and 10% benefits of vitamin C from total daily intake that is recommended for adult.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Seeds
After you know about nutritional value of pomegranate, now you can check health benefits of pomegranate seeds below.
- Help to Prevent Cancer
Pomegranate and its seeds contain flavonoids. It can be useful as anti oxidant which can prevent cancer. You can consume pomegranate and its seeds juice regularly. It is believed that it can reduce the growth of cancer like prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc.
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- Can Cure Deworming
Deworming usually attack children. It can disturb the growth of them. If you child got deworming, you can try to use pomegranate seeds to cure it. The way is so easy, you can take a spoon of pomegranate seeds powder into a glass of unripe pineapple juice. Mix and drink it when your stomach is empty. You may also read list of herbal plants found in the Philippines.
- Help to Cure Scurvy
Scurvy is a symptom of less vitamin C. To cure scurvy, you can use fresh pomegranate and its seeds. The way is pounding two fresh ripe pomegranate and its seeds until soft. Add a glass of water, mix and filter it. Use that water to gargle and swallow it. Let do it 2 – 3 times a day until recover.
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- Reduce symptoms of frequent pee
For you who have frequent pee, that is very disturbing you, right? Now you can use pomegranate seeds to solve it. You can take pomegranate seeds from fresh ripe pomegranate and a handful of allium tuberosum. Boil them with three glass of water. After it is cold, you can drink twice a day with three quarter of glass every drink.
- Make your body health
Pomegranate seeds is consumed with its fruit. People believed that they contain polyphenols to protect body from many diseases such as flu, fever, cold, etc. To get its benefits, you can consume ripe pomegranate with its seeds directly.
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Side Effects of Pomegranate Seeds
There is no standard recommended dose for pomegranate. Eating pomegranate seeds and drinking pomegranate juice as part of a healthy diet are both considered safe. If you have signs of a food allergy when eating pomegranate seeds, immediately stop consumption of the seeds and consult a doctor.
If you have blood pressure issues or take blood pressure medication, check with your doctor regarding your intake of pomegranate seeds. Since pomegranate can affect blood pressure (by lowering it), check with your doctor before consuming pomegranate products before or after your surgery.
Pomegranate juice may cause dangerous side effects when it interact with certain prescription medications, such as the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, including captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec) and lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril). Consult your doctor before consuming pomegranate products if you take any of these medications.
Where and How to Obtain Pomegranate Seeds
If you want the freshest pomegranate seeds, then you can choose to obtain them from the fruit itself. When choosing a pomegranate, you have to make sure that you pick one that feels heavy and it has a leathery skin that is firm and taut with no soft spots. Pomegranates can be found in your local grocery store between September and January.
To open pomegranate, you need a knife, bowl and wooden spoon :
- Roll the pomegranate around to loosen the seeds
- Score around the middle of the fruit with a sharp knife, and tear it open into two halves. Try your best to only score the skin and not to cut through into the seeds.
- Hold half of the pomegranate with the seeds facing down over a clean bowl, and tap the skin with a wood spoon while slightly squeezing to encourage the release of the seeds.
- Do the same thing with the other half
- If there are a few stragglers among the white pith, you can simply remove them with your fingers or a spoon.
- Enjoy the product of your labor. Delicious pomegranate seeds and a bit of pomegranate juice too!!!
Thus some health benefits of pomegranate seeds. Hope it will be useful for you all.