The pomegranate fruit is well known to everyone and it is grown throughout India. The colour and taste of the fruit gives attraction to the eyes of the individuals. It has curative and medicinal properties and it also helps to cure various ailments in human body. The fruit is red inside and reddish yellow outside. The reddish seed of the fruit gives more taste than that of white one. The fruit when it is taken directly, it gives cooling effect to the abdomen and also does blood purification. It contain considerable amount of oxalic and nicotinic acid.
The health benefits of Pomegranate are given below
DIARRHOEA AND DYSENTARY
Seeds are effective remedy for diarrhoea and dysentery. The one tablespoon powder mixed with buttermilk, consumed two or three times daily. Even the pomegranate juice is proved beneficial in case of diarrhoea as it contain astringent properties. The outer skin of the pomegranate is boiled in a cup of water till it become half and taken 2-3 times a day.
The pomegranate fruit is used for reducing cough. The flower of the fruit is to be kept in sun and dried, make it as powder and taken with hot water. The flowers of the fruit are taken, crushed, remove the juice from it with a small piece of ginger (read more on health benefits of ginger). Add small quantity of honey in it and taken.
The pomegranate fruit is effective in case of piles. The fruit should be consumed every morning in an empty stomach by adding a pinch of salt. This is taken for about three months regularly. It can also be taken with honey. Take a tsp. of the powder of the dry rind of Pomegranate with buttermilk to arrest the bleeding piles.
The bark of the fruit is to be dried in sun and make it powered. Take 2 tea spoonful of powder and boiled in a form of kashayam. This is taken in an empty stomach for about a week. This is very effective in case of intestinal worms.
The pomegranate fruit is effective in case of hyperacidity as it is rich form of alkali. So it helps to neutralize the acid. It is to be taken daily in an empty stomach for about a month.
The pomegranate fruit plays a vital role in secretion of enzymes. So this fruit improves the function of digestion. Mix the juice of pomegranate with a tsp. of honey and drink to cure conditions of indigestion especially when accompanied by giddiness.
IN BLOOD IN MOTIONS AND DIARRHOEA
A decoction of equal parts of Kutaja bark and Pomegranate rind powder is taken with a tsp. of honey.
Saumph (cumin seeds) and Pomegranate seeds should be pasted and held in the mouth to clear the unpleasant taste.
The juice of Pomegranate, rock salt and honey should be held in the mouth for a few minutes and then swallowed.
IN BLEEDING FROM THE MOUTH
The powder of the ring of Pomegranate fruit should be licked with sugar and honey.
TO PREVENT ABORTION
In threat of abortion during the 5th month of pregnancy, the powder of the leaves of Pomegranate and sandal powder should be taken frequently with yoghurt and honey.
IN NASAL BLEEDING
Pound the buds with water and instill a few drops in the nose to stop bleeding.
IN ANAL ITCHING
Roast the rind of the fruit until it turns black and powder it. Mix this charred powder in some oil and apply over the anus.
IN TAPEWORM INFECTION
Make a decoction of the stem bark and drink. Punicine, the alkaloid in the stem bark is very effective against tapeworm.
TO INCREASE MEMORY
Dry the flower buds of pomegranate and powder them. Roll the powder into small pills and take a pill thrice a day to enhance memory power.
The pomegranate fruit is considered to be a laxative and used in case of constipation. Fruit should be taken about 100-200 gms. in morning and evening. It helps to increase peristaltic movements of the intestines and there by helps to relieve the constipation.
The pomegranate fruit is effective in case of anemia. It helps to increase the hemoglobin content in the blood, as it is rich in iron content. Pomegranate is to be taken about 200gms in the morning in a empty stomach
11 HEALTH BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE JUICE
1 .Fights Breast Cancer
Studies show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.
2.Lung Cancer Prevention
Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
3.Slows Prostate Cancer
It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice.
4. Keeps PSA Levels Stable
In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.
5. Protects the Neonatal Brain
Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.
6. Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.
7. Protects the Arteries
It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.
8. Alzheimer's Disease Prevention
It may prevent and slow Alzheimer's disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better.
9. Lowers Cholesterol
It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).
10. Lowers Blood Pressure
One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.
11. Dental Protection
Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.