RawFood: Benefits of the Peel of the Pomegranate fruit

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What About Pomegranate Peels is So Special?

Pomegranate peels are gaining popularity for many reasons when it comes to the fantastic health benefits they can provide. There are several uses for pomegranate peels, but let’s look first at the phenomenal healthy content in the peels of this amazing fruit.
Did you know that the peels of a pomegranate fruit contain double the antioxidants that the pulp contains? Make sure you are using the peels of only Organic pomegranates, so that you are not eating the chemicals used in conventional farming.
Now, we not only can benefit from the juice of the arils (the juicy seeds) but the antioxidants contained in the peel too. Imagine it – the peels and the fruit both being extremely beneficial to our health!

A Study on Pomegranate Peels vs. Pomegranate Pulp

Some Chinese researchers claim that the peels have great potential as a supplement to our health. Scientists in China at the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine performed tests on the peels vs. the pulp to see what levels of specific antioxidants and vitamins were contained in each. Their findings were very interesting.
Pomegranate peels yield more of the powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids, phenolics, and proanythocyanidins than what the pulp fruit) yields. Even the tests performed to test antioxidant activity showed that the peels of the pomegranate fruit had higher activity levels than the pulp. These findings are interesting in that the antioxidant activity in the peels was more successful in protecting LDL cholesterol against oxidation.
Why is that important? Because oxidative stress can lead to heart disease and other medical conditions, high antioxidant activity can be one way to fight this state that is so harmful to the body. There isn’t any hard evidence yet to quote, but it is thought that the peel of the pomegranate could be a powerful “tool” against heart disease and other limiting (and sometimes fatal) medical conditions.
The Vitamin C level was pretty much equal between the pulp and the peel.

Benefits of the Pomegranate Peel:

* possibly effective against prostate cancer, diabetes, and lymphoma disease
* possible benefit in dealing with breast cancer
* possible to maintain correct blood pressure
* possibly helpful in dealing with fertility problems
* helps maintain a smooth healthy skin
* possibly prevents premature aging
* useful in fevers
* can reduce the inflammation of arthritis, by slowing down the enzymes that break down cartilage
* for dealing with coughs
* can be added to smoothies and other food preparations, for it health benefits

Other Interesting Uses for Pomegranate Peels

Did you know?
* The peels of pomegranate fruits are used to prepare some tooth powders and toothpastes
* Dry peels of pomegranate are used in conjunction with ginger and Tulsi leaves to prepare a home remedy for coughing
* Dried peels can be used in tea
* Making an astringent gargle for sore throats. The peel powder is soaked in hot water, then when the water is lukewarm, gargle
* Coughs – 8 parts dried peel powder and 1 part Himalayan salt. Add just enough water to make a paste. Make small pills from this paste. Suck the pills, l pill at a time, three times daily
* Children with Cough – suck on the skin peel to relieve cough
* Bad Breath – Take 4 grams peel powder with water, twice a day
* Excessive Urination – 5 grams of peel powder with water, twice a day
* Excessive Menstrual Bleeding – 1 tsp dried peel powder with room temperature water twice daily
* Stop bleeding in any parts of the body – 1 tsp dried peel powder with water twice daily
* Bleeding Piles – 8 grams peel powder with water, once in morning and evening for relief
The peels of pomegranates were once considered to be the wasted part of this amazingly healthy fruit. However, as the research continues into the health benefits of pomegranate fruit, seeds, and now the peels, it is obvious that this ancient fruit of Biblical times could be beneficial in more ways than we could imagine at present.

Preparing the pomegranate peel:

* Take the peel and discard the inner white pith, which is bitter.
* Then dry in the sun or in the dehydrator.
* Grind in a seed grinder or with mortar and pestal till in powder form
* Store in a labelled bottle (away from light, to preserve the antioxidants)
Rind powder is excellent source of beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorous and calcium. The powder contains 16.5% polyphenols and 5.35% mineral matter.
The pomegranate white (skin membrane) which is attached to the arils (red juicy seeds) is an ancient Indian treatment for colds. Save the white after peeling the fruit and nibble it or save it, dried for tea.
Note: Pomegranate might interfere with certain medications in the same way that grapefruit juice does, so check with your health practitioner.
Research continues as scientists look to the pomegranate fruit for further health benefits and uses.
This little fruit is truly amazing, so check out the other health benefits a red, softball-sized fruit can offer you!

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