Pomegranate seed oil has very powerful anti-aging benefits. The dark red color in pomegranate oil comes from the bioflavonoid compounds in the fruit, wonderful anti-oxidants.
These compounds protect the skin from sun damage due to its natural sun protection factor (SPF).
There are two antioxidant compounds in Punica granatum, the Latin name for Pomegranate, the seeds contain ellagic acid and punicic acid.
Ellagic acid is a superb anti- aging polyphenol helping to control wrinkle formation and dry skin. It is a great prevention against UV damage.
Punicic acid is an Omega 5 fatty acid that hydrates and prevents moisture loss to our skin. It reduces inflammation by controlling redness and irritation of skin. This compound, in pomegranate oil, repairs damage to skin.
Benefits of Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Slows joint deterioration, helping pain of arthritis or osteoporosis.
- CLA ( conjugated linoleic acid), a form of omega 5 fatty acid, is in pomegranate seeds, only one of a few found in the plant kingdom. This helps with weight management and reduces body mass.
- Flavonoids decrease cholesterol by lessening the accumulation of fat cells, and then getting rid of excess flabby weight.
- It promotes cardiovascular health. Naturally controls healthy blood pressure, if pomegranate juice is consumed daily.
- It has high anti-bacterial and anti- viral capabilities useful for fighting gum disease. It has been in use since ancient times for treating ulcers, diarrhea, infections and even parasites.
- Promotes a more youthful appearance to your skin.
- It can be used both externally and internally for inflammation, hydrate and moisturize skin, and for supporting hormone balance.
- Pomegranate can aid in digestion due to its high amount of enzymes and fiber.
Pomegranate seeds contain Vitamin K and C, B6, folate, potassium and phosphorous. They actually have 3 times the activity of antioxidants, more than red wine or green tea!
One pomegranate fruit can hold over 600 seeds or arils.
In many cultures pomegranates are considered a fruit good for fertility. It has a long held belief as an aphrodisiac, possibly due to what studies show, it can increase men’s testosterone level.
The word pomegranate means seeded apples and are sometimes called Chinese apples.
To make oil the pomegranate seeds are compressed to squeeze out the oil. Some may use heat to get all the oil; but it is best to look for cold pressed pomegranate seed oil.
Cold pressed retains all the good enzymes, nutrients and vitamins versus using any heat to process the oil.
The seed oil helps fight against natural oxidation of skin cells by fighting free radicals which harm our healthy cells.
Side Effects of Pomegranate
There is the possibility of interactions with medications. If you take any blood thinners or blood pressure medication check with your doctor before consuming large amounts of pomenagrate juice.
There have been mild reactions of skin irritation or rashes with pomegranate seed oil use.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses