Large fruits have a spherical shape, in diameter they can reach from 8 to 18 cm (see photo). Depending on the variety, the color of the rind can vary from yellow-orange to dark red. Under the thin, but very durable skin, there is a huge amount of seeds, which are surrounded by juicy red flesh. Ripe pomegranate can contain more than 1 thousand seeds.
The fact that the fruit is ready for use is indicated by its density and dry skin. Ripe fruits have a sweet and slightly tart taste.
To date, large pomegranate plantations are located in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the fruits grow in areas with a warm climate.
A pomegranate tree can reach about six meters in height. It is characterized by thin, spiny twigs (painted in a gray-brown tone), on which bright green leaves with a glossy surface are blooming.
A pomegranate flower can be pitcher-shaped (sets fruit) and bell-shaped (does not set fruit) forms. Pomegranate flowers of various shades. They can be as white, cream, pink, yellow, and reddish-orange color. The pomegranate tree is simply strewn with such bright buds.
The smell of pomegranate is quite peculiar, thin, a little sweet. But the fruits of the tree smell like that, but to enjoy the scent of flowers will not work, because the pomegranate inflorescences have no smell at all.
The season of pomegranates begins from the end of the first month of autumn and lasts until the end of November. This period of fruiting is characteristic of the Caucasus and Central Asia.
The composition of the pomegranate includes a large number of nutrients, which led to a variety of properties that are beneficial to the body with regular consumption of such a fruit. To include fruits in the diet is for people who are or were in radioactive zones, since the antioxidants contained in the fruit neutralize the action of harmful substances.
The composition of the pomegranate includes a large amount of fiber, which has a positive effect on the work of the intestine and helps prevent constipation.
The fruits have a disinfectant and antiseptic action. Also, due to the content of antioxidants, regular use of this fruit is an excellent prevention of the formation of cancer.
Pomegranate for the body is very, very useful. To understand how a fruit affects human health, let’s first see what is good for women? For menstruation, it is good to eat pomegranate together with bones, since they are able to eliminate painful sensations. Also in the pits contains a large amount of fiber, which has a beneficial effect on the bowels, helping to remove toxins from the body and improve the microflora. When bleeding pomegranate (specifically, its juice) is good to use for a small thickening of the blood during the treatment of long uterine bleeding.
Pomegranate during pregnancy should be eaten, because the fruit helps to increase hemoglobin, strengthen the immune system, eliminate nausea in early pregnancy, quench thirst and remove swelling. But, no matter how useful the fruit is, it can harm the body. Pomegranate is undesirable to eat if a pregnant woman:
- reduced pressure (in this case it is allowed to eat the fruit without stones);
- problems with the teeth (the fruit may corrode the enamel, so before eating the fetus you need to brush your teeth or eat a piece of cheese, and then rinse the mouth with water).
Doctors advise pregnant women to first try to eat a small piece of pomegranate. If there is no further negative reaction to the fruit, then it can be eaten. On the day you can eat no more than one pomegranate.
Can a nursing mother grenade? Pomegranate when breastfeeding is certainly useful, but in all you need to know when to stop. All pediatricians are steadily asserting that this fruit nursing mother can eat only when the child is six months old. Previously, it is impossible, because it can negatively affect the health of the baby and mother (allergies, colic and bloating in the tummy, constipation will appear). Therefore, pomegranate during lactation should be introduced gradually. The first time you need to eat a few grains of the fruit. If no negative reaction has followed in infants, then the dose can be gradually increased. But every day there is also no fruit.
Pomegranate for children: at what age can you give? It is not allowed to eat pomegranate and one-year-old baby, because there are seeds in the fruit, and pomegranate can trigger the development of allergies and disrupt the bowels. In this regard, doctors recommend introducing a new product only after the child reaches three years of age. But here you need to know the measure. How to give a child a pomegranate? From 3-7 years old a child can eat no more than 1/2 or 1/4 of the fetus per day and no more than two times a week. After 7 years, the child can eat the whole fruit up to two times a week.
Pomegranate: good for men. Fruit should be eaten to increase potency. It will be enough to eat a handful of pomegranate seeds to improve sexual activity. If there are diseases such as low blood pressure, gastritis, gastric ulcer or hemorrhoids, the product should be. In prostate adenoma, pomegranate is also good to eat.
Can diabetics be grenades? The glycemic index of pomegranate is thirty-five units, so it is useful to eat it with diabetes. Pomegranate with high blood sugar is allowed to use no more than once a day. At the same time, the fruit should be as ripe and of the highest quality. Substances that are contained in the fruit, prevent an increase in sugar levels, maintaining it at an optimal level.
Pomegranate with pancreatitis is allowed to eat, but only if there is a chronic stage of the disease. First you need to eat no more than twenty grains. If after eating a product there was no severe pain, nausea, then you can increase the dose to three hundred grams per day. In acute pancreatitis fruit is not allowed.
Pomegranate in liver disease is also helpful. Supporters of traditional medicine advised to eat grains of sweet and sour pomegranate for cirrhosis, because the fruit has astringent properties.
It is good to eat pomegranate with sick kidneys. Juice from grains is especially useful because it has a diuretic and choleric effect.
With cystitis, pomegranate should be eaten, as it has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Pomegranate with anemia must be eaten, because the fruit increases the level of hemoglobin in the blood. Every day in the morning on an empty stomach to eat two hundred grams of pomegranate seeds.
With increased pressure, pomegranate can be eaten, because this fruit helps to lower blood pressure. But people with low pressure cannot eat pomegranate grains.
For gastritis with low acidity, pomegranate can be eaten. The product helps to remove bacteria from the body, while maintaining a healthy microflora. And with gastritis with high acidity of the fruit should be abandoned.
In addition, pomegranate is useful in colitis. This fruit is allowed to eat by many experts, because the fruit contains many useful vitamins and minerals that help speedy recovery.
Today, pomegranate is effectively used in oncology. For example, in case of cancer, pomegranate, or rather its juice, should be drunk after undergoing a course of chemotherapy (the product prevents further development of the disease).
You can eat pomegranates for pneumonia, especially to drink its juice. Fruit helps to eliminate the inflammatory process in the body.
Is it possible to have a grenade in case of poisoning? Doctors recommend using pomegranates peel for poisoning, which must be filled with boiling water, then allowed to stand for a little while, and then drink more often.
The nutritional value of pomegranate is such that when slimming, the fruit has proven itself to be an excellent product that helps to easily lose a few extra pounds without any damage to health. You can take one ripe fruit of medium size, peel and remove the kernels. After that, knead the grains, pour about seventeen milliliters of olive oil into it, and mix well. This remedy should be taken in two teaspoons a day before meals. The course of losing weight lasts thirty days. During this time, you can lose up to seven pounds. Also, when dieting, grenades can be used for fasting days. You will need a liter of pomegranate juice, diluted with a liter of boiled water (drink one hundred and fifty milliliters), and three pomegranates. Two products must be alternated with a gap of three hours.
As you can see, the benefits of pomegranates for health is invaluable. However, as with other products, you need to know when to stop. Otherwise, a healthy fruit may not help the body, but rather harm it.
Application in cosmetology
In cosmetology, they use not only pomegranate pulp, but also juice, oil, and fruit extract. Pomegranate is very useful for the skin of the face. On its basis, a sufficiently large number of different cosmetic masks were developed, which are suitable for any skin type. Consider some of them.
A face mask with ginger and pomegranate helps to restore skin tone, lighten and clean it, remove wrinkles from the face, thereby rejuvenating the skin. To prepare such a wonderful mask you need to mix in equal proportions pomegranate juice and crushed ginger root. Mix well to eliminate the lumps. After that, put a mask on the face and neck. Thirty minutes to wash.
Pomegranates juice is also suitable for dry skin. It is best to make a face mask with pomegranates juice before bedtime. To make it, you need to combine in a small bowl about eighteen milliliters of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and about thirty milliliters of olive oil. Liquid to distribute in a circular motion over the face and leave for thirty minutes. After half an hour, the remnants of the mask should be wiped with a normal cloth. In the morning you just need to wash with warm water. Such a pomegranate night mask helps to moisturize the skin and give it the necessary nutrition.
Pomegranate oil for the face gives the skin the necessary nutrition. To make a mask, you need to dissolve a teaspoon of oatmeal in two tablespoons of warm milk, then add egg yolk, about five milliliters of warm liquid honey and about thirty milliliters of pomegranate oil. Mix thoroughly and apply to the skin. After thirty minutes, the mask should be washed off with warm water.
Also in the beauty industry, a mask for hair with pomegranate is used, which prevents hair loss and affects the rapid growth of hair. Oil from this fruit helps to strengthen hair follicles, avoid fragility and get rid of dandruff.
Firming mask for hair with pomegranate, which still provides the necessary nutrition, moisturizing and shine to curls. It is necessary to knead three tablespoons of pomegranate seeds, and then add to the pulp about twenty milliliters of burdock oil, about fifty milliliters of aloe vera juice, and three tablespoons of yogurt. Stir the mixture thoroughly and then spread evenly over the entire head. First wrap the hair with a plastic bag, and then put on a towel on top. An hour later, the hair should be washed with shampoo.
Now in stores you can find a special hair mask with pomegranate and camellia oil, which gives your hair unsurpassed silky smoothness, restoration, elasticity, moisturizing and nutrition. This cosmetic product is suitable for all types of hair.
Very often, girls use pomegranate oil for hair to get rid of the split ends, dandruff, give elasticity to the curls, restore the strength of the hair and accelerate growth. To do this, you first squeeze out the juice from fifty grams of pomegranate grains, and then in a single container, mix about twenty milliliters of pomegranates and castor oil, an ampoule of aloe Vera extract and sixty grams of creamy yogurt with the juice. Next, the hair is divided into four zones, where in each evenly lubricate the strands and secure them to the occipital region. Put a bag and a towel on your head. After one and a half hours, wash your hair with shampoo twice and rinse with hair conditioner.
Pomegranates extract for hair helps to eliminate shine. To cook it yourself, you should remove the skin from half of the fruit, pour it with a liter of water and boil a little over low heat. After that, given the broth overnight to infuse, and then filter. The broth should be used after each wash hair shampoo. The course of treatment lasts a couple of months. It is best to store the broth in the refrigerator. Before use, it should be slightly warmed.
The benefits of pomegranate and treatment
The benefits of pomegranates are due to the wide composition of minerals and vitamins. Not only the pulp, but also seeds and juice, have healing properties. It is noticed that with regular use of the fruit increases the level of hemoglobin in the blood. In addition, you can notice a significant improvement in the work of the cardiovascular system. Thanks to the beneficial substances pomegranate helps to normalize blood pressure, and it also improves blood formation.
Pomegranates is used in traditional medicine. For example, the infusion on the peel, as well as just the fruits themselves have an astringent effect, which allows you to cope with diarrhea.
Since it is proven that pomegranate reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood, it is allowed to be used by people with diabetes.
In folk medicine, tinctures and decoctions based on pomegranate bark are widely used. They are used as an excellent anti helminthic. In addition, these tinctures help reduce inflammation. They are also used to treat various problems with the throat, as a rinse.
The peel of pomegranate is dried, and then crushed to a powder. The resulting powder further perfectly helps with burns and acne.
Useful property and have dried fruit membranes. They are simply added to tea and drunk as a sedative. This drink will help to cope with anxiety and get rid of insomnia.
The medicinal properties of pomegranate have been known for centuries. Therefore, fruit is often advised to use experts in traditional medicine. Today, treatment of pomegranate anemia is widespread. To increase the level of hemoglobin, you need to eat half of the fetus daily.
To remove stones from the gallbladder, you must daily, before you begin to eat, use 50 grams of pomegranate three times a day.
Pomegranates for colds. Traditional medicine uses pomegranate to make a medicinal infusion to eliminate a strong cough. To do this, remove the skin from the fruit, dry it and chop. Next, pour about fifteen grams of crushed dried peel with about three hundred milliliters of boiled water. The mixture is boiled on low heat for about thirty minutes. After this, the broth must be cooled. Take the remedy four times a day for seventy milliliters.
Helps pomegranate at high temperature. To reduce it, it is necessary to squeeze the juice from the pomegranate grains and dilute it with water (1: 2 ratio, respectively). Next, take a small linen towel, wet it in a diluted juice and wipe the whole body.
Also, the healing properties of pomegranates are manifested in the treatment of helminthiasis. It will take sixty grams of thinly sliced skin of fruit, which must be completely filled with cool water and boiled. Next, filter the broth and drink before lunch.
To normalize blood pressure will need approximately fifteen grams of freshly harvested or dried flowers of pomegranate tree. Raw materials need to pour five hundred milliliters of boiled water and leave for a while to insist. This infusion should be drunk instead of tea.
Pomegranates is used as a bactericidal and anti-inflammatory agent. It will take about twenty grams of dried and crushed fruit skin to immerse completely in cold enough water and boil. Next, the broth should be filtered. Every day you need to drink a tablespoon of liquid twice in a tap.
Pomegranates for diarrhea. It is necessary to peel a few garnets, and thin the skin, spread it on parchment paper and cover with dark matter. Periodically, the skin needs to be turned over so that it dries faster. When the raw material is ready, it must be crushed to the consistency of the powder, poured into a paper bag and put in a rather dry and dark place. In the period of acute illness, pour a tablespoon of pomegranates powder with a glass of boiled water, put in a steam bath for about ten minutes, then cool and filter. Take two teaspoons of decoction up to three times a day.
Pomegranates for sore throat and stomatitis. About thirty grams of pomegranate bark should be cut into small pieces, one and a half cups of boiled water should be poured and boiled. To rinse the mouth cavity with broth, it must first be filtered. The procedure is performed at least five times a day.
If you get burned, you need to wipe the burn site several times a day with fresh pomegranate juice.
If you have poor appetite, you must drink a hundred milliliters of pomegranate juice diluted with water fifteen minutes before you sit down to eat.
For anemia and gastrointestinal disorders, it is necessary to consume one hundred milliliters of diluted pomegranate juice daily thirty minutes before meals. The course of treatment lasts from two to four months. Repeated treatment can be carried out only in thirty days.
To normalize the menstrual cycle, you must drink two hundred milliliters of pomegranate juice diluted with boiled water every day for the first ten days of the cycle.