The health-promoting effect of pomegranate
The pomegranate has been valued for thousands of years in naturopathy for its health-promoting effects. Celebrities like Mick Jagger and Madonna swear by the berry-like fruit, which looks like an apple and is said to delay the aging process. But the pomegranate can do even more. It is said to have an aphrodisiac effect on men and women.
Preventing cardiovascular symptoms with pomegranate Pomegranates originally grew on small trees or shrubs, especially in western to central Asia. Today the fruits are also grown in the Mediterranean. The apple of paradise or grenadine, as it is also called, was an integral part of medicine from an early age. Its use to combat roundworms is known from the Middle Ages. In ancient Egypt, it was used primarily to increase fertility and was generally considered a symbol of fertility. Even today, many people still believe in the aphrodisiac effect of the pomegranate. So it should increase pleasure in women and increase potency in men.
The positive effect of pomegranate on the cardiovascular system has been scientifically proven. If it is consumed regularly, the blood flow to the heart muscle, among other things, should improve so that a heart attack can be prevented. It was also demonstrated that the diameter of the arterial artery walls in arteriosclerosis patients can decrease if they take pomegranate preparation for one year.
Pomegranate seeds contain many health-promoting substances The up to 400 pomegranate seeds could be called small power cells. They are particularly rich in flavonoids, which include the polyphenols, which are said to help with, among other things, hypertension and other cardiovascular problems, vascular calcification, bacterial infections and stomach disorders. The plant substances are also considered to stimulate the metabolism.
In naturopathy, the consumption of pomegranate juice is also recommended for fungal infections (Candida Albicans), since the polyphenols have a positive effect on the intestinal mucosa and thus fight bacteria and fungi. The pomegranate also contains plenty of antioxidants and has a stronger antioxidant effect than fruits such as cranberries, blueberries and grapes, as well as red wine and green tea. Antioxidants protect cells by capturing free radicals. This also inhibits the aging process and supports the immune system. Anti-aging skin care products often contain pomegranate extracts. The fruits also contain vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron. Hair, skin and nails in particular benefit from this. Pomegranate juice can also be used as a home remedy for iron deficiency.
Another positive effect of the pomegranate concerns the PSA value of the man, which can give an indication of prostate cancer. A high value usually indicates a disease of the organ. According to a US study, men who drank a quarter of pomegranate juice daily for several months were able to lower their PSA levels.
The bitter substances in the fruit also have an appetizing and digestive effect. A glass of pomegranate juice or pomegranate seeds has a positive effect on gastric and intestinal activity after eating. (ag)
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