This superfood does more than boost your body. It can boost your beauty, too. Pomegranates have long been prized for their beautifying properties and revered as a symbol of health, fertility, prosperity, and longevity. Modern science now verifies the ancient wisdom that pomegranates offer a bounty of age-defying benefits from the inside-out and the outside-in to nourish, protect, and rejuvenate skin. Pomegranates protect and strengthen skin cells on the surface and regenerate cells in the deeper layers of skin. Both the fruit and the oil from its seeds strengthen the outer layers (epidermis) and repair deeper layers (dermis) of skin as well as stimulate keratinocytes (the skin cells in charge on the surface), which promotes cellular regeneration big-time. Collagen is the basic building block of our skin and the key protein that maintains firm, smooth, perky skin. Special compounds in pomegranates not only inhibit enzymes that break down collagen, but also extend the life of fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen and elastin) to support skin’s integrity and improve skin elasticity. Pomegranate’s powerful antioxidants fight and repair free-radical damage from the sun and environmental factors that age skin, including hyperpigmentation and age spots. Anthocyanidins, ellagic acid, and punicalagin work in harmony to increase microcirculation to renew cells, prevent and smooth wrinkles, and boost the production our body’s own built-in antioxidants for age-defying action. Pomegranate seed oil easily and deeply penetrates skin to fortify moisture where it is needed most. Plus, it’s loaded with punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid, which helps lock in moisture and keep out bacteria.
- 1Today, pomegranates are grown in the Middle East, northern and equatorial Africa, India, Central Asia, the Mediterranean and the southwestern United States. Mirroring this expansion in geographic cultivation, so too has the popularity of pomegranate grown throughout the world.
- 2Pomegranates are valued for their deliciously sweet, slightly tart flavor and rich ruby color. They’re used for a variety of applications, including cooking, baking, salad garnishes, juices, smoothies and cocktails.
- 3Aside from its delicious flavor and versatility of use, pomegranate is quickly becoming popular as a superfood. Pomegranates are positively overflowing with nutrients, including vitamin C, pantothenic acid (otherwise known as vitamin B5) and ellagic acid.
Pomegranate is great for your skin, containing a wide range of antioxidants which soak into the pores and replace any lost nutrients. Green tea is a legendary superfood, containing bioactive compounds like flavonoids and catechins which fight free radical damage to both the body and skin.
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