The pomegranate is a hypocaloric fruit so it is very useful in weight loss diets and also in fasts that aim to activate the body's natural cleaning mechanisms. In addition, its grains are a notable source of fiber, especially the insoluble type, which satiates and favors intestinal transit, as long as its grains are consumed and not in juice. Although in less quantity than apple or pear, pomegranate also contains pectin, a soluble fiber that participates in its purifying and anti-inflammatory effect.
Its grains contain small amounts of minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and iron, but above all they provide manganese, which is the activator of numerous enzymatic processes. In addition, they provide potassium in good balance with sodium, which gives them a moderate diuretic effect. This is valuable when you need to remove excess fluid and to keep your blood pressure under control. The ratio of potassium to sodium in the body is reduced when stress hormones are secreted. Therefore, the consumption of pomegranate and other fruits rich in potassium can help when problems overwhelm us.
The pomegranate contains, on the other hand, appreciable quantities of some water-soluble vitamins, such as B1, B2, B3 and C. The latter is more stable in pomegranate than in other sources thanks to the presence of citric acid.
Pomegranate juice is considered one of the most powerful natural antioxidants known, even above grape juice, blueberry juice or green tea.
In short, it is a tonic and invigorating food that helps lift your spirits. Strengthens the functions of the liver and kidneys. It is suitable for people with cardiovascular problems due to its hypotensive effect, or with a delicate digestive system, as it is easy to digest and helps to regenerate the flora. Being a good blood cleanser it helps fight arthritis and gout.
Pomegranate is also a great natural cosmetic, whether its juice is drunk or applied externally, as it nourishes, protects and gives elasticity to the skin, delaying its aging.
Its richness in hydrolyzable tannins helps to reduce inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, and its citric acid content makes it a good disinfectant, useful in case of infectious diarrhea. It is a sexual tonic and has an antihistamine effect that improves the condition of asthmatic patients. And above all, it is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the plant kingdom.
A delicacy on the table
The pomegranate offers unexpected possibilities in the kitchen. In fruit salads, with goat yogurt and oat flakes or rice; in salads, with watercress, endive or endives.
Dried pomegranate grains, which can be eaten as a snack, added to muesli or mixed with couscous or basmati rice or sautéed with vegetables.
How to reel it off
An easy way to do this is to split a copy in two. Each half is squeezed a little to loosen the grains, each half is held on a plate or a bowl and, with the convex part of a spoon or the large mortar handle, the skin is pounded so that the grains are detached .
It is advisable to choose those that are a good size, because the small ones are less sweet and are usually dry. You can tell that they are juicy if they feel heavy for their size and have very smooth skin, of a bright color with brown hues.