Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is also known as “Dadima” in ayurveda. Texts of ayurveda describe its immense medicinal properties and its uses to maintain human health. The fruit peel, seeds, bark and leaves of this plant are of great medicinal value.
When this fruit is relished, different tastes like sweet (madhura rasa), sour(amla rasa) and astringent(kashaya rasa) evolve at different stages. It is light to digest and increases the moistness of tissues. Its potency is neither cold nor hot. It normalizes all three doshas.
Pomegranate is a treasure of nutrients. It contains antioxidants like ellagic acid, punicic acid and omega 5 polyunsaturated fatty acid. The pomegranate juice is rich source of vitamin A, C and E. It also contains minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, folic acid, niacin, thiamin, folates and riboflavin.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate
For glowing skin – The barks of pomegranate fruit and plant have exceptional wound healing properties. Water, boiled with pomegranate fruit peels can be used to wash acne and pimple prone skin. It helps to remove dirt from pores and heals infected pimples. Drinking pomegranate juice helps to increase glow of skin and slows down ageing. Thus the aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines disappear with regular use of this fruit.
For a healthy Digestive System- All parts of pomegranate plant help to keep digestive system healthy. The fruit helps to keep indigestion, bloating, acidity, flatulence and constipation at bay. Persons suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are immensely benefited by this plant. The decoction of bark and tender leaves help to reduce frequency of bowel movement in diarrhea and IBS. This decoction is very useful in eliminating intestinal parasites.
Clears Cholesterol - Recent studies have shown that the antioxidants present in this fruit lower blood cholesterol, clear blockages of arteries and reduce blood pressure. It prevents strokes and heart attacks. Pomegranate is a heart friendly fruit which can be consumed by persons of all ages.
An enemy to Anemia – This fruit is a rich source of iron, folic acid, folate and riboflavin. All these nutrients help to increase hemoglobin and boost health of Red Blood Cells. Thus pomegranate is a powerful fruit to fight anemia naturally.
Increases Sperm Count- Ayurveda acharyas eulogize this fruit as “Shukrala”, which means it increases Shukra dhatu or semen. New researches from turkey have shown that pomegranates naturally increase sperm count, sperm motility and volume of semen.
A natural remedy for Erectile Dysfunction– The antioxidants present in this fruit clear the blocked arteries and increase plasma nitrate and nitrite levels, thus improving erectile dysfunction. Naturopaths call pomegranate juice as “liquid Viagra”.
Pomegranate for diabetics: Pomegranate helps to reduce chances of heart attacks and strokes in diabetes. Diabetics can eat pomegranate fruit, but they cannot consume the juice as it contains more sugar.
Dr.Savitha Suri is an ayurvedic Consultant Physician. She has an experience of 26 years in the field of ayurveda. The content is copyrighted to Dr.Savitha Suri and may not be reproduced on other websites. You can contact her for free online ayurvedic consultations at [email protected]
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