Nature has truly been a friend to all of us – from the beautiful sceneries it offers that we pretty much love to enjoy to every nutritional and beneficial food that it has that is made easily available for us. Truly, we should not be taking nature, the environment for granted. Alongside the gift that nature has made readily available for us comes a gift of wonder fruit named, Pomegranate. Some of you may have heard it already, some have tried and tested and there are some who might be the first time meeting this name.
The etymology of the term pomegranate is derived from a Middle French word pomme garnete or in other words seeded apple. The tree is believed to have originated in Persia, and most commonly thrives in dry and arid climates. Tough and leathery on the outside, the fruit contains hundreds of tiny edible seeds called arils. A brief introduction on how well known this fruit is during ancient times. In the year 1600 BC era, this fruit was revered as an important fruit in Egypt – required in Pharaoh’s palace. It has been used for medical purposes since ancient times. In some cultures, it symbolizes prosperity and fertility.
This fruit is believed to have a lot to offer – powerful fruit rich in polyphenol a reducing agent, which when worked together with vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids, is referred to as antioxidants which play a vital role in protecting the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and associated pathologies like cancer, heart disease, and inflammation. Polyphenol found in pomegranate includes Anthocyanins, a natural sun protectant and contains both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties both are considered being beneficial for your skin’s health, on the other hand, pomegranate is said to contain the highest concentration of ellagic acid a polyphenol effective in treating wrinkle and inflammation. Apart from it, it is also said that this has a skin whitening effect and reduces UV-induced pigmentation.
Having mentioned all these, how excited are you now in incorporating this wonder fruit into your usual diet and having that beauty haul for skincare products infused with the extracts of this wonder fruit? Hep before anything else, let us get you more excited by getting to know more about the skin benefits of this wonder fruit.
Skin benefits of Pomegranate
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin
The antioxidant content of pomegranate such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, as formerly mentioned makes it an effective antioxidant. Another known polyphenol is called tannins, a polyphenol that contains anti-inflammatory properties that have the potential to minimize redness and inflammation. It also acts as an antioxidant that helps fight damages from the free radicals. Being a natural astringent, tannin also helps remove excess oil from pores without drying out the skin. Having all these antioxidants packed in a wonder fruit, primarily implies that pomegranate has a lot to do from addressing skin inflammation to potentially helping of fighting damages from free radicals. Indeed, the best time to indulge yourself with pomegranate juice. Yaaay! How does that idea sound to you then?
Pomegranate for your acne concern
Having all the essential polyphenols that contain both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties makes it your potential buddy for your acne concern, with that of the protection against free radicals that it offers – a reduced free radical damage may imply a decrease in skin inflammation. The antioxidant content of pomegranate may potentially reduce symptoms of certain inflammatory skin conditions like acne. On the other note, the natural antimicrobial derived from Vitamin C helps fight bacteria and fungus in your skin, vital in treating acne.
Pomegranate hydrates skin
Pomegranate being a rich source of Vitamin C may potentially help you in addressing your dry skin concern. Around 82 percent of pomegranate’s volume weight amounts to water thereby making it a great skincare ingredient for skin’s hydration. A pomegranate oil may penetrate deeply into the skin. It has punicic acid, proven to protect collagen fibers found in them, hydrates and prevents loss of skin’s moisture.
Pomegranate as additional protection from UV rays
Anthocyanins, natural sun protectant and contains both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties both are considered to be beneficial for your skin’s health, and ellagic acid that reduces UV-induced pigmentation are the essential polyphenols of pomegranate that gives extra protection from the sun damage. However, it is still advisable that you keep your SPF with you all the way. Remember it is an essential skincare product you should not be missing out on.
Pomegranate for younger-looking skin
All the skin benefitting properties that the pomegranate potentially got you on that # goal that you have for your skin. A younger-looking skin? Made possible! Pomegranates vitamin C, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties protect against premature skin aging thereby reducing aging caused by exposure to harmful UV rays. Revealing a younger-looking skin.
What are your thoughts then? How excited are you now in making smoothies out of this wonder fruit?
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