The pomegranate is a fruit famous for its appearance in Greek mythology. The 7 seeds of this delectable treat tied Persephone to Hades, making her goddess of the underworld.
Apart from this colorful significance of pomegranate in mythology, this fruit is loaded with benefits. To get these benefits, you can:
- eat the fruit (seeds) or make a juice out of it;
- make a paste to add to scrubs and masks; and,
- use the oil extracted from the fruit for various applications.
Skin Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
So what is it about pomegranate juice that can make our skin sing praises? Let's take a look at the 4 benefits pomegranate juice has to offer to your skin.
1. Prevents Wrinkles
Perhaps you've heard people calling pomegranate "botox fruit" or "antioxidant bomb" — rightfully so!
Pomegranate is rich in vitamin C, which indirectly reduces skin wrinkling. Vitamin C is also rich in antioxidants that destroy free radicals responsible for aging skin. Supplementing your skin with vitamin C also helps you synthesize collagen, the protein that makes your skin more supple and firm.
Drinking a cup daily of pomegranate juice boosts your vitamin C intake by 31 milligrams. According to the Institute of Medicine, this amount is approximately 40% of the recommended daily intake for women.
2. Helps Fight Acne
Pomegranate juice is a source of an essential mineral necessary for healthy skin and acne clearing. This mineral is zinc.
Zinc assists with the metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids. Both zinc and omega-3 have a significant role in healing inflammatory acne. Zinc also helps break down something called substance P — the nerve chemical that causes sebum production when the body is stressed. Less excess oils mean less acne-prone skin.
Another important function of zinc is transporting Vitamin A. This vitamin is an antioxidant that belongs to the class of compounds called retinoids, well renowned for its acne-fighting properties.
Low levels of zinc have been associated with inflammation and acne. Drinking one cup of pomegranate juice will supply your body with 1.1 milligrams of zinc — which equals 15 percent of the recommended daily intake for women.
3. Fights Sun Damage
Vitamin E provides natural sun protection. This vitamin neutralizes harmful free radicals, caused by sun exposure, so they can't damage your skin. Neutralizing harmful free radicals means vitamin E protects you against sun damage, the main culprit for premature aging.
But of course, this info doesn't mean we can ditch the sunscreen anytime soon. Think of vitamin E as an icing on top when it comes to sun protection.
Vitamin E is also essential for improving the texture of your skin and keeping our skin nourished.
A cup of pomegranate juice contains 1.8 milligrams of vitamin E — 8 percent of the recommended daily intake.
4. Can Help Prevents Skin Cancer
Along with cosmetic benefits, pomegranate offers you skin cancer prevention.
As mentioned above, the fruit is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are hard workers when it comes to protecting your body against toxins, carcinogens, and inflammation.
Antioxidants neutralize heavy metals in your body by stimulating the functionality of the white blood cells in your body. This process promotes a robust immune system.So, drinking a cup regularly of pomegranate juice will not only boost your skin's health but your overall physical well-being as well.
How to Make Pomegranate Juice
Now that you are informed of these amazing benefits, it is time for juice making. This recipe is super quick and easy. So you'll be gulping down pomegranate juice in no time!
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 cup distilled water
*Ingredients are enough for 1 serving.
- Paring Knife
- Mesh Strainer
- Use a paring knife to remove the part of the pomegranate that looks like a crown.
- Divide the pomegranate into sections (I score mine in 4). Feel free to score the fruit in more sections if you like.
- Break open the fruit into sections and put them in a bowl with cold water. This is to prevent a mess from breaking apart the pomegranate seeds. Note: Don't wear light-colored or white clothes!
- When you are done separating the seeds from the walls of the fruit, drain the water.
- Pour the seeds into a blender, add a cup of filtered water and blend for about 20 seconds.
- Pass the juice through a mesh strainer to separate it from the pulp. This step might take a few minutes. To speed it up, use a spoon to press the pulp against the mesh strainer.
- Pour in a glass and enjoy! If you made a big portion, refrigerate the leftovers in an air-tight jar for no more than 5-6 days.
Pomegranate juice is considered among the healthiest fruit juices. Rich in vitamins, zinc, and antioxidants, this juice is a mouth-watering health-bomb beverage. Making a batch of this juice will fill your tummy with deliciousness while helping your skin stay wrinkle-free, supple, and firm.
Did you try and make this pomegranate juice? How did it go? Tell us your juicy stories!
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