Pomegranate juice is derived from punica granatum tree fruit. This tree does not grow tall like other trees as it attains a maximum of 6-9m height hence being the size of a shrub. Pomegranate is a native tree of Iran region, Mediterranean and Asia. Later, it was introduced by the Spanish settlers in California, Latin America and the surrounding regions. This tree is cultivated today in other places such as central India, northern and tropical parts of Africa, Middle East as well as Arizona.
The tree thrives well in the Northern hemisphere where it yields fruits in the months of September to February of the following year. In the Southern hemisphere, the tree yields fruits in the months of March to May. The tree has characteristic spiny branches with long and glossy leaves. The tree lasts over a long period of time without reducing its production of fruits.
The fruits are edible with berry like shape and lemon-grapefruit taste. When fully mature, the fruit has a thick red skin while green when not mature. The fruit has numerous seeds that range between 300-1300 with each seed being surrounded by a juicy pulp.
Uses of Pomegranate juice
The juice from the pomegranate fruit is safe for oral use. It is used in varying ways that includes;
- Cooking- Adds flavor to the food
- Adding flavor to cocktails and wine
- Making Juice blends and smoothies
Juice derived from pomegranate fruit provides health benefits to the users due to its rich medicinal value. It contains;
- Essential fatty acids
- Numerous vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E
- Folic acid
- Punicic acid
- Omega 5
The fruit possesses important properties made possible by the nutrients present in it. These properties include;
- Anti-oxidant properties
- Cell regeneration properties
- Cell proliferation properties
- Anti-atherogenic properties
- Anti-microbial properties
Health Benefits of Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice has been found to bring about numerous health benefits to the users. This is made possible by the nutrients present in the fruit that brings about potent properties that makes the fruit medicinal. Its health benefits include;
- Management of diabetes
The juice is known for its effectiveness in maintaining blood sugar hence a good natural remedy for diabetes. Unlike other fruits, the juice derived from it does not lead to an increase in blood sugar. This makes the fruit safe for those suffering from diabetes.
- Treatment of diarrhea
This juice is effective in treatment of diarrhea and dysentery related issues. The juice stimulates release of digestive enzymes that leads to balance in the digestive system hence eliminating diarrhea. In addition, the juice contains high levels of minerals and vitamins that replace the ones lost in the body through diarrhea. It is advisable to add a teaspoon of honey into a grass of this juice for best results.
- Management of hypertension
This juice is a great natural remedy for the management of hypertension. The juice leads to a decrease in high blood pressure as it eliminates the lesions as well as inflammation of blood vessels in the heart. It also aids in preventing blood coagulation and clots formation. This helps in preventing possible heart complications that comes with hypertension.
- Prevents heart related diseases
The juice from pomegranate fruit possesses anti-atherogenic properties that are beneficial to the heart. These properties prevents inflammation of blood vessels, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and arteries blockage. This leads to good heart health as well as that of general body as it leads to adequate blood supply into the brain.
- Enhances body’s immunity
Consumption of this juice helps the body to fight disease causing organisms. The anti-microbial properties present in the fruit juice aids in eliminating bacteria and viruses present in the body hence boosting immunity. In fact, the fruit juice has been found to be a potential inhibitor of transmission of HIV virus. In addition, the juice has cell regeneration and proliferation that helps in rapid multiplication of white blood cells responsible of protecting the body from infections.
- Treatment of anemia
The juice is a natural remedy for treatment and prevention of anemia. The fruit is a rich source of iron and folates as well as other vitamins required for boosting red blood cells. This makes the pomegranate juice a safe natural remedy for treatment and prevention of anemia.