The Benefits of pomegranate
Pomegranate fruit actually comes from the Middle East, then spread to the subtropical and tropical regions as well, from lowlands to below 1000 m (above sea level). This plant can grow well in loose soil conditions are not submerged in water. This plant also like groundwater conditions that are not too deep. Pomegranates are often planted in gardens as ornamental plants, medicinal plants, or as an edible fruit. There are three kinds of Pomegranate fruit, there are red pomegranate, white pomegranate and purple pomegranate. Pomegranate can be eaten in fresh condition, but can also be enjoyed as a mixed fruit salad, fruit salad, juice or fruit juice. To make pomegranate juice, it should be mixed with the seeds, because in the pomegranate seeds, there are contain many polyphenolic compounds that are beneficial to the human body.
The interesting thing from pomegranate, is as believed by Muslims, that the fruit is brought blessing to humans who eat them. Many benefits can be obtained from this fruit. Not only for health, but also about something else. Pomegranate is one of the fruits mentioned in the Qur'an. So clearly the fruit is already getting the blessing of God. In the history written by Ibn Abbas in a hadith, mentions that the pomegranate is considered as one of the fruits of paradise, as the Prophet Muhammad also love to eat this fruit.
Traditionally, pomegranates are used to cleanse the skin and reduce inflammation of the skin. In Asia, the pomegranate fruit is made into juice, thickened, and then made the sauce. In one glass of pomegranate juice contains more antioxidants than a glass of red wine, green tea, or orange juice. Pomegranate juice is high in potassium ion (potassium), vitamins A, C and E and folic acid. Of the edible seeds, the content of potassium per 100 grams (259 mg / g), energy 63 cal, 30 mg of vitamin C. This component is considered very important for heart health (such as that published by Time, December 2003).
In 2008, a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology said that pomegranate can help relieve patients of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. As for people with cholesterol, by consuming pomegranate juice every day can help lower cholesterol sufferer. The content of polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins found in pomegranate fruit can produce antioxidants that are useful for our body.
Benefits for Pregnant Woman
Besides useful for ordinary people, it turns out Pomegranate fruit is also very beneficial for pregnant women. Folic acid found in pomegranate are also useful to help the growth and development of the fetus for pregnant women. Pomegranate fruit can also reduce the risk of Neural Tube Defect exposed fetuses (NTD), and helps the formation of red blood cells so that a pregnant woman will avoid anemia. Vitamin C contained in pomegranate fruit is also beneficial for the maintenance and formation of collagen network.
Although pomegranate fruit contains a lot of benefits, but we still have to be careful, because it turns out not everyone can consume pomegranate. Especially for those who are allergic to the fruit, it can have side effects while taking it.