Pomegranate fruit benefits are innumerable. There are only a very few fruits as nutrition-loaded as pomegranate. The pomegranate is used for its health benefits from thousands of years. Apart from pomegranate fruits, other parts of the plant such as bark, root bark are also used in many health conditions. The pomegranate fruit is the widely used part of the plant.
Pomegranate is called Anar fruit in Hindi.
Telugu name: Danimma Kaya
Malayalam name: Matalam
Tamil name: Matuli
Marathi name: Dalimb
Kannada name: Dalimbe
Sanskrit synonyms of Pome granate:
Phalamla – has slightly sour taste
Kuchaphala – Fruit resembles the shape of breasts
Shukavallabha – attracts birds
Raktabeeja – has red seeds
Raptapushpa – has red coloured flowers
Dantabeeja – seeds are arranged like teeth
Medicinal qualities of Anar:
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Snigdha (unctuous, oily)
Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet), Amla (sour), Kashaya (astringent)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Madhura (sweet) or Amla (sour)
Veerya (potency) – Anushna – neither cold, nor sweet.
Pomegranate fruit benefits -
Qualities of pomegranate fruits is explained in Ayurveda based on taste. Based on pomegranate taste, it is classified into three categories.
Sweet pomegranate fruit benefits - The sweet pomegranates are having the rarest Tridosha balance effect. There are only a handful of herbs with Tridosha balance effect. (amla fruit is another example)
The sweet pomegranate fruit is used ideal to be taken during fever.
Trit hara, Daaha hara - It relieves excessive thirst and burning sensation.
It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, esophagus stomach and chest.
Shukrala - It is a good natual aphrodisiac and improves sperm count and semen quality.
Laghu - It undergoes digestion very easily, very light on stomach.
It also has astringent taste, helps to relieve diarrhoea, useful in IBS, ulcerative colitis.
Medha balakara - It improves intelligence, immunity and body strength.
Hridya – Good for heart
Sweet-Sour Pomegranate fruit benefits- Pomegranates having sweet and sour taste improves digestion power of stomach.
Ruchya - Helps relieve anorexia, improves taste of food.
It slightly increases Pitta.
Sour pomegranate fruit - Pomegranate fruit having predominant sour taste increases Pitta to a greater extent. But it balances Kapha and Vata. Sour pomegranate ideal ingredient for diet in Rheumatoid arthritis.
Pomegranate – effect on Tridosha -
Sweet pomegranate balances Tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Sour pomegranate balances Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta.
Pome granate side effetcs – It is known to cause constipation, hence is used as a home remedy for diarrhoea. But people with constipation need to watch out.
Pomegranate benefits – Modern views -
Modern science hails pomegranate benefits in many ways. Pomegranate is a proven rich source of anti oxidants, hence it is very good for heart. Interesting to know that this finding matches with Hridya - protecting and promoting heart health claim by centuries old Ayurveda matches with the scientific research.
Pomegranate fruit is good source of Vitamin C, B5, Polyphenols and Potassium.
Pomegranate benefits in wikipedia
Ayurvedic products with Pomegranate as an ingredient -
Herbal powders: Dadima Chatusama churna, Dadimashtaka churna, Lavan Bhaskar Churna
Alcoholic preparation: Mritasanjeevani Sura
Ghee preparation: Dadimadi Ghrita
Herbal powder – Yavanyadi choorna
Ayurvedic medicine, along with pomegranate juice is traditionally advised -