The positive health uses attributed to Pomegranate tea are believed to help ward off a considerable array of ailments and diseases. This is due to the effects of both the fruit and a corresponding tea base, each of which is individually known to be a store of healthy properties.
Pomegranate tea may refer to either a type of flavored tea or an herbal tea. The pomegranate flavored tea typically consists of a black, rooibos or oolong tea base combined with bits and pieces of pomegranate fruit and pomegranate juice or flavoring. On the other hand, pomegranate herbal tea is typically made using bits of dried pomegranate fruit that have been directly infused in hot water.
The pomegranate is a fruit that has been consumed and cultivated since ancient times. It grows mainly in the areas of the Mediterranean and the Middle East . It is a bulb to round-shaped fruit that is comparable in size to an orange. It has a hard outer peel, and has numerous seeds. Each of the seeds is enclosed in a deep-red, sweet-tasting liquid and this is called the aril. The arils are embedded in a white pulp.
The arils of the pomegranate are consumed raw or are made into pomegranate juice. These also form the main ingredient of the grenadine syrup that is commonly used to flavor some drinks, pastries and desserts.
The pomegranate has been used as a medicinal item for thousands of years. The Roman author and naturalist Pliny had noted as early as the 1 st Century AD that the fruit had therapeutic properties. For its part, Indian Ayurvedic medicine prescribed the use of the rind for dysentery.
These are due primarily to the wealth of nutrients and phytochemicals found in the fruit. Pomegranate is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium and antioxidant polyphenols such as tannins and flavonoids. Other phytochemicals include polyphenolic catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins, such asprodelphinidins, delphinidin, cyanidin, and pelargonidin.
When combined with either black, rooibos or oolong tea base, the antioxidant and nutrient content of the tea may further enhance and complement the health benefits found in the pomegranate.
Here are a few benefits returned from drinking this brew:
- Used to help fight kidney and bladder disorders.
- May have potentials in lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, thereby also potentially reducing the risk for heart and cardiovascular ailments.
- May have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.
- Pomegranate has been linked to help fighting diabetes.
- The powerful constituents within pomegranates are linked to helping fight infections.
- This fruit is said to help contribute to protection of the neonatal brain from injury damage.
- This juicy fruit may help fight osteoarthritis.
- Pomegranate’s are thought to be effective against Alzheimer’s Disease.