Pomegranate is a thick skinned super seedy fruit, with a brilliant red hue which is now touted as a wonder fruit by scientific researchers. The name pomegranate derives from the French word “pomegranate” or seeded apple. They are believed to have originated in Iran where it was not only revered as an important food source but was also known for its health benefits.

Here are Ayurvedic benefits of pomegranate based on taste of pomegranate that will make you eat one right now.

Sweet pomegranate fruit benefits – The sweet pomegranates have some of the rarest medical properties related to Ayurveda.
Tridosha – The sweet pomegranate fruit is used to lower down the body temperature during fever. Sweet pomegranate balances Tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Trit hara– It is believed to be a thirst quencher and relieves burning sensation. It also cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, oesophagus stomach and chest.
Shukrala – It is a good natural aphrodisiac and improves sperm count and semen quality.
Laghu – It undergoes digestion very easily, very light on stomach. It also has astringent taste, helps to relieve diarrhoea, useful in IBS, ulcerative colitis.
Medha balakara – It improves intelligence, immunity and body strength.
Sweet-Sour Pomegranate fruit benefits- Pomegranates having sweet and sour taste improves digestion power of stomach.
Ruchya – Helps relieve anorexia, improves taste of food. It slightly increases Pitta.
Sour pomegranate fruit – Pomegranate fruit having predominant sour taste increases Pitta to a greater extent. But it balances Kapha and Vata. Sour pomegranates are ideal ingredient for diet in Rheumatoid arthritis.
Some other scientific benefits of pomegranate include:-

Some other scientific benefits of pomegranate include:-

1. High nutrient value
Pomegranates have an excellent nutrient profile. They are known for their high content of fiber, protein, Vitamin K & C, folate and potassium.


2. Medicinal properties
Punicalagins are extremely powerful antioxidants found in the juice and peel of pomegranate. Punicic acid is a type of conjugated linoleic acid with potent biological effects.


3. Pomegranates helps fight cancer
Studies have shown that pomegranate can slow down cancer cell reproduction, and even induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.


4. Fights arthritis and joint pain
Pomegranate extract can block enzymes that are known to damage joints in people with osteoarthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it makes sense that pomegranates could help treat arthritis.


5. Lower risk of heart disease
Punicic acid, the main fatty acid in pomegranate, helps protect against several steps in the heart disease process. Studies have shown that pomegranate can have benefits against heart disease. It improves the cholesterol profile and protects LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage.


Ayurvedic benefits of Pomegranate


6. Fight bacterial and fungal infection
Pomegranate has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which may be useful against common diseases of the gums.


7. Treats diarrhea and dysentery
Pomegranate juice is used in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery as it plays a vital role in the secretion of enzymes which aids proper digestion.


8. Plaque protection
Pomegranate juice protects against dental plaque microorganisms. The juice’s antioxidants, called polyphenols, are a primary driver behind its believed antibacterial activity.


Pomegranates benifits


9. Maintains blood pressure
Pomegranates are also known to reduce high blood pressure. The juice reduces lesions and the inflammation of blood vessels in heart patients. It is a natural aspirin, which keeps the blood from coagulating and forming blood clots. It even acts as a blood thinner allowing for an unrestricted flow of blood through the body.


10. Boosts immunity
Pomegranate juice has strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties which help fight viruses and bacteria and boost our immunity system. It significantly reduces microbes that are found in the mouth commonly responsible for cavities and staph infections.


11. Acts as an anti-ageing agent
A diet high in pomegranate juice can help to slow down the process of ageing by reducing wrinkles and fine lines caused by constant exposure to sun. It also helps to sustain the regeneration of the skin cells and prevents hyper pigmentation and occurrence of dark spots.


12. Prevents hair fall
Drinking pomegranate juice regularly strengthens the hair follicles which in turn prevent hair fall, thus giving the hair a healthy and lustrous appearance.

At the end of the day, pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits with wide ranging benefits and serious disease treating abilities. There are many other fruits which have similar benefits. To know more about healthy eating habits, diet  and recipes, download the Hindu Calendar on your Android and iOS devices.