|Posted by Alexandra S on January 2, 2018 at 8:50 AM|
2. Pomegranates have even been shown to provide anticarcinogenic effects.
The high amounts of anti-oxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron in pomegranates fight against free radicals, stopping them from damaging cells. Pomegranates thus prevent many cancers, especially prostate cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.
3. Aphrodisiac: Pomegranate seeds have been proven to decrease cortisol levels by one third, while raising testosterone levels in both men and women.
4. Boosts Immunity: A medium sized pomegranate contains 15% of the daily required vitamin C, which is very essential for a good immune system.
5. Bone Health: Pomegranate, if taken daily can give strength to bones and prevents osteoarthritis.
6. Helps prevent Alzheimer's Disease
7. Youthfulness, acne treatment and skin regeneration: Collagen is the basic component of your skin which ensures that your skin remains soft, smooth and firm. Certain compounds present in pomegranates stop the enzymes from breaking down collagen, thus maintaining skin health.
8. Hair Benefits: Strengthens Hair follicles, adds shine and luster to dull hair.
How To Select And Store?
Selection: When buying pomegranates, always choose the fruits that are plump and round, heavy for their size and have rich, fresh color and flavor. They should have a thin yet tough skin without any cuts or blemishes. Their crown should be free of molds. Larger fruits are juicier than their smaller counterparts. The seeds sacs are generally of the size of your fingernails. The pips resemble corn kernels but are reddish, slightly translucent and have a thinner skin. The color of the rind need not necessarily be red. It can vary from being completely red to reddish brown, but this will not affect the quality. Always prefer to choose the deeper colored fruit. Since pomegranates do not ripen once picked, it is advisable to buy fully ripe fruits.
Storage: At room temperature, pomegranates can last up to two weeks. When stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Whole fruits can be stored up to a month in a cool, dry area and can even be refrigerated up to two months. While it is not recommended to freeze the whole fruits, the seed pips can be frozen in an airtight bag for up to one year. Fresh juice can be refrigerated, but it should be used within two to three days. Cut pomegranates should be consumed within four days as the flesh deteriorates quickly once the fruit is opened.