Poms Away! The Potential of Pomegranates

History ahead!

Pomegranates have been touted as one of the most important fruits to have ever graced the Middle East, having a significant symbolic role in many local cultures and religions. Not only did it represent the concept of fertility, it was denoted as a biblically-mentioned blessing and has been in existence for thousands of years. The fruit was more typically used as a décor item than a food, but that did not make it any less useful.

The pomegranate has historically travelled by way of nomads and merchants along desert routes, and despite its sacred namesake it also contains the necessary nutrients and hydration to make the long journey bearable. The pomegranate plant was first native to the Azerbaijani region and across the Himalayas to the north of India, then cultivated and spread across the Mediterranean region between Asia, Africa and Europe.

The pomegranate plant is able to thrive in arid regions with little moisture, but is versatile and is cultivated commercially in farms all across the world for its fruit.

The origin of the pomegranate name is no less fascinating, with variations in definition across many languages. In Latin, pomme-granata could mean ‘apple of deep red’ or ‘seeded apple’, and in English it may be translated to ‘the apple of Granada’ in reference to a city in Spain. The grenade weapon was named by the French after the fruit itself.

As of recent years the pomegranate experienced a resurgence in popularity, having been touted as yet another superfood in a long list of things that would probably save mankind from devastating famine.

Interested in the pom’s benefits? Read on for more.

In several research cases to-date, the fruit has all the usual bells and whistles of any other fruit, replete with vitamins and minerals that the body needs to survive with a comparable water content necessary for freshness and survival in harsh environments.

The fruit itself has been discovered to aid in the prevention, if not the slowing of heart disease as consuming pomegranate assists in regulating blood pressure. The pomegranate also helps in maintaining healthy teeth, preventing bacterial growth in the gums by mildly changing the pH of the environment in the mouth.

In a research involving mice, only just recently given birth, the fruit has been discovered to be anti-inflammatory, reduces arthritic formation, protects the joints from further damage and promotion of bone strength. Pomegranates are also, like many fruits contain a large amount of polyphenols which contribute to antioxidant properties and protect the body from free radicals.

Now let’s see what poms can do for us in skincare!

As mentioned before, the pomegranate has powerful antioxidants and prevents damage done to the skin, thoroughly nourishing it and slows the aging process so you’d have less wrinkles to worry about at the end of the day. The amount of vitamins and minerals in it also make sure your pores get fed right, and allow your skin to stay healthy through the days to come!

The poms are good for moisturizing and revitalizing dead/dry-looking skin, with plenty of hydration to keep it plump and young.

It can be astounding (in a good way) what people could do by playing with their food.

No, don’t play with your food. :C

With all good things comes moderation!

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A Sigh for Acai – Superfood love

In this day and age of food and drink, we can’t get any pickier over what we choose to put in our bodies, and that it’s okay to be careful. Here’s the rundown on what I would describe as superfoods.

Today, superfoods are known to be the supposed saviours of all mankind, and have been found to contain greater amounts of nutrients compared to their more mainstream counterparts. So far, the kinds of superfoods that have made the list are, but aren’t limited to kale, lentils and even kiwis.

The acai palm, otherwise known as Euterpe Oleracea is an Amazonian crop staple, native to the swampy regions of South America. Global demand for acai has spiked and since been cultivated to meet those demands.

There are multiple types of acai palms that produce variants of the fruit, with the Branco variety locals tout to be the better-tasting ones, while other varieties have faster growths and better yields of fruit pulps.

The acai berries are typically used to make food and drinks, which give the locals their huge energy boost due to the large ratio of calories provided per gram. They also bear low sugar content and high antioxidant values and may contribute to the long lives of South American natives.

The berries are also a great source of important vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium and large amounts of fibre content. The fruit also protects the body from free radicals due to their high flavonoid content, living up to the superfood title.

So what’s it got to do with skincare? Read on!

As mentioned before, acai berries contain high amounts of antioxidants which aid in preventing premature aging. Quality acai berries have oils that keep its potent effects lasting longer and fresher, assuring that you get more bang for your buck.

Acai berries, compared to most fruits have more nutrients and fibre packed into a single berry, and can provide a few days’ worth of nutritive rejuvenation for your skin, keeping it firm, fresh and most importantly alive.

Guess we have mother nature to thank.

Now I’m hungry.

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