The grenade, this particular fruit of the pomegranate, a tree that can reach up to 4 meters in height, It became popular for its benefits for the body and the general health of its consumers., in addition to its very good taste and its refreshing character due to the large amount of water it contains.
This fruit has a hard rind, usually between the colors red and brown, which serves to protect the interior, filled with bright red or pink colored kernels or seeds that are surrounded by a very tasty pulp.
Pomegranate is grown in autumn and with its health properties, it is also used in different beauty treatments.
Beneficial properties of pomegranate.
An opportunity to learn from the many advantages that Granada offers.
Researchers from Miguel Hernández University conclude in a study that is one of the local fruits with the greatest beneficial properties for health, both in products such as pomegranate juice and its variants, as well as in natural cosmetics.
These beneficial health properties are based on its high content of polyphenols, highlighting punicalagins and anthocyanins.
Its main advantage is its antioxidant power, it is a free radical scavenger thanks to the punicalagins it possesses, responsible for about 50% of this activity in pomegranate juice, followed by other hydrolyzable tannins (33% of total activity), and in less measure is ellagic acid (3%).
The reality is that this fruit provides a large amount of nutrients such as vitamins of groups A, B (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9), E and K, as well as significant amounts of minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, among others. Among minerals, its potassium content stands out. On top of that, its carbohydrate content is quickly converted into energy in our body.
The main strength of pomegranate is its antioxidant power due to its exceptionally high levels of flavonoid antioxidants and anthocyanidins, also adding catechins, tannins and ellagic acids. Experts assure that the greatest antioxidant benefit can be obtained from the peel of the pomegranate, in fact, pomegranate has been shown to offer more antioxidants than popular green tea, vinotine, and even blueberries.
For this reason, the components of the pomegranate are excellent for removing free radicals, causing oxidation which produces the visible symptoms of old age such as wrinkles or age macular degeneration, the main cause of blindness as well as other conditions that can lead to cancer, heart disease or stroke.
Continuing its benefits, pomegranate juice has been shown to be effective in reducing the buildup of arterial plaque, helping with stress and heart disease.
The components of this fruit were successful in preventing the onset of osteoarthritis, as it was successful in inhibiting the enzyme responsible for the degeneration of cartilage.
This fruit has been successful in preventing the accumulation of bad cholesterol, relieving the arteries and therefore significantly reducing the risk of heart attack.
Pomegranate is a fruit with astringent properties due to its tannin content.
Even the characteristics of the pomegranate are tested in Alzheimer’s cases, because its strong contributions against aging and all its consequences have proven that this fruit has a lot to offer the human body.
Pomegranate juice lowers cholesterol levels in athletes and reduces the perception of anxiety and nervousness. So says a study on the effects of pomegranate consumption in marathon runners conducted by researchers from the sports nutrition department of UMH.
Pomegranate, in all its formats, is a natural product with strong nutritional potential for health and antioxidant for cells. You can find it in its original fruit, in pomegranate juice, and in cosmetics.
So don’t wait any longer and add this delicious, nutritious and healthy fruit to your daily diet.
What is Granada?
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is the fleshy fruit of the pomegranate. The interior is divided into several lobes that contain many seeds, called sarcotesta, and filled with red, juicy pulp.
He is originally from South Asia, Persia and Afghanistan. Very appreciated in desert areas, because it is protected from desiccation thanks to its thick and leathery skin, which allowed caravans to transport it over long distances, without affecting its conservation. The Arabs brought the pomegranate to Spain, from where it was exported to America.
Andalusia, the Levantine coast and Murcia stand out as places of production of this fruit. Spain is one of the main producers in the world and the leading European exporter.
How to prepare it.
The easiest way to extract the kernels from the pomegranates is to cut them in half, take half a pomegranate, squeeze a little to loosen the kernels and, on a platter or plate, with the cut facing towards the side. down, hit the skin. with the handle of a large knife (or similar) while turning it with your hand.
The grains can be used in the preparation of desserts such as fruit salad. The pulp surrounding the seeds quenches thirst. They are also used to make ice creams, jellies, mousses and creams.
Pomegranates can be stored in good condition for several days at room temperature. If they are not to be consumed immediately, they can be stored in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life by about three weeks.
Sights of Granada.
- It is believed that the Carthaginians introduced the pomegranate to the Mediterranean region following the Punic Wars, hence its name, proposed by Linnaeus: Punica granatum.
- In the East, it is considered a symbol of love and fertility and its virtues were disseminated by poets such as Federico Garcia Lorca.
- We know that Hippocrates he used pomegranate juice as a medicine to treat digestive system disorders.
- On the side that gives the sun more intensity and longer, the grains inside are whitish.
- In gardening, it is cultivated as an ornamental tree or for the formation of very thick hedges.