Since ancient times, the pomegranate has been known as an “Ayurvedic pharmacy;” playing a rich part in the cuisine and culture of many countries around the world. Pomegranate has inspired many comparisons of beauty in texts and other legends. Yet, as beautiful and delicious as it is, its healing properties are even more so!
While the mysterious shape and coveted seeds are typically what most people recognize about the pomegranate, the bark, roots, and rind are used in medicinal foods, home remedies, and many Ayurvedic formulations.
Pomegranates are great for maintaining balance of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) in the body. Sour pomegranates balance vata and kapha while increasing pitta. Sweet Pomegranate is rich in iron, Vitamin C, and many micronutrients; it is Tridosha pacifying, cleansing, and immunity-boosting.
The seeds, called arils, are low in calories and fat; packed with fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B9; and are rich in antioxidants. They even have a bit of protein! Very few fruits are as nutritional—they’ve been used for their health benefits for thousands of years.
Here are just a few of the applications of the pomegranate according to the National Library of Medicine:
- Antibacterial (It can even fight plaque-forming bacteria for better dental health and is a potent anti-inflammatory that can reduce gum disease, mouth ulcers, etc.!)
- Prevent and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancers when added to a healthy, plant-based diet
- Relieves indigestion
- Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Decreases risk of heart attack and stroke
- Anti-inflammatory properties help relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain
- Prostate health
- Aids erectile dysfunction and promotes semen growth—and is also believed to be an aphrodisiac—its ruby-red seeds are a symbol of the Divine Mother.
Pomegranate has even been proven to have a therapeutic effect on depression, osteoporosis, asthma, dysentery, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease.