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Pomegranate, properties and benefits. How to make pomegranate juice at home and what are all the beneficial properties of this fruit. Contraindications and advice on how to eat it.
The properties of pomegranate have been known since the beginning of time; since ancient times this particular fruit was a symbol of abundance and longevity. Today it is still considered a more than formidable panacea for our health, it is no coincidence that medicine has confirmed the many property beneficial. The list of beneficial properties is long: according to experts, pomegranate is a natural remedy for many pathologies and deficient health states.
How to make pomegranate juice
The pomegranate it should not be missing in a healthy diet and the best way to take advantage of the healing substances present in the fruit is to drink the fresh juice. Other culinary uses almost always involve limited quantities and often subjected to thermal heat (the case of muffins or pomegranate risotto), many of the active ingredients contained in pomegranate are thermolabile and so they are deactivated with heat. In addition tofresh pomegranate juiceyou can eat this fruit by consuming its "grains". Pomegranate grains are very tasty. There are many tools on the market that started out as pomegranate shellers… don't be fooled because no one is able to supply grains without skin!
How to get pomegranate juice?
On the market there are a large number of tools created to extract the juice from pomegranate. In this paragraph we report two of them, the first professional and the second for occasional use. The first tool, shown in the photo below, is onepomegranate squeezer and countertop citrus squeezer for professional use. It is activated by a manual lever, made entirely of stainless steel, cast iron and natural rubber for the handle. It is certainly the cheapest professional tool on the market as it is offered on Amazon at a price of € 56.90. The same product, in many shops, is offered at prices ranging between 70 and 80 euros. The product is suitable for those who love to prepare orange juice, lemonade and pomegranate juice at home. For all information, I refer you to the dedicated Amazon page: Professional tool for pressing.
The second kitchen utensil for the preparation ofpomegranate juiceit's called “Beper”. It is a useful accessory for making juice ... it is also used as a gin but, as stated, there is no tool capable of separating, with precision, the cuticles from the rest of the grain. On Amazon it is offered at a price of 16.44 euros with shipping costs included. If you buy it, do it only to make pomegranate juice and not to clean the grains! For all the information, I refer you to the Amazon page: Beper Tool
Warning! To get thepomegranate juiceuse only ripe fruit!
The pomegranate it is rich in mineral salts such as potassium, manganese, zinc, copper and phosphorus; there is also a lot of vitamins: A, B, C, E and K. The pomegranate also has considerable amounts of polyphenols (antioxidants par excellence) as well as other benevolent substances such as various types of acids, including ellagic (considered a powerful substance anti tumor) and Gallic. It provides quercetin and other very healthy active ingredients.
Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant substance that protects us from allergies, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, psoriasis, lupus and many of the diseases related to aging.
Thanks to its virtues, the pomegranate has been given the name of "fruit of medicine".
Here is a list of beneficial properties of pomegranate.
- It prevents cancer and slows the growth of cancer cells.
- Counteracts the premature aging process.
- Promotes diuresis, is recommended in slimming diets and is indicated in the diet of diabetics.
- It prevents colds due to the high content of vitamin C (a glass of pomegranate juice contains 40% of the daily requirement) and helps the immune system.
- Counteracts the harmful action of ultraviolet rays and promotes tanning.
- It fights hypertension, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Promotes intestinal activity.
- Promotes the expulsion of heavy metals present in the body and protects the kidneys.
- Helps prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
- It reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL).
- It has astringent properties and is therefore useful in case of diarrhea.
Although many beneficial properties of pomegranate are found, it must still be remembered that taking the fruit inhibits the action of antiarrhythmic drugs and that the ingestion of whole seeds is not indicated in the presence of colitis and diverticulitis.
It is a good rule to consult your doctor before periodically consuming the fruit.
How to grow pomegranates
Pomegranate is also easy to grow. For all the instructions on the cultivation of pomegranate I invite you to visit the page:how to grow pomegranate.