Powerful Antioxidants For Your Skin

August 23rd, 2011

Pomegranates are such a gorgeous sexy fruit with all those nutrient rich seeds inside. The fruit has been linked to China, rumored to have its origins there, when in fact pomegranates are native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In Greek mythology, Persephone (the daughter of Zeus and the Goddess of harvest, Demeter) was tricked by her love-sick uncle, Hades into partaking of pomegranate seeds, so that he may lure her into the underworld. There Persephone would return annually from her flourishing spring reunions with her mother Demeter. This myth was used to explain the seasons: from barren to abundant with vegetation. So tempting and delectable were the seeds of the pomegranate fruit that it cost Persephone life on earth with her mother (part of the year anyway)—robbing the earth of vegetation every year since.

Ok, so this is the extreme tale of an amazing fruit’s journey. But once you know the benefits for your overall health and well being, the fantastical myth somehow makes logical sense. For starters, pomegranate boasts some of the most potent levels of antioxidants of all the enriching dark fruits—higher in content than green tea, blueberries, oranges cranberries, and that occasional glass of merlot. This fruit is rich in nutrients and vitamins providing vitamin B, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, and thiamine in skin-quenching bulk.

The Journal of Inflammation reported in 2009 that pomegranate inhibits the onset of inflammation in basophils and mast cells that are the control centers in our bodies for prevention of acne, psoriasis and acne. The seeds from the fruit have been reliably used to treat skin allergies and conditions, arthritis, urinary tract infections and blood impurities.

It has been used as a natural blood thinner that eliminates clotting and is anti-carcinogenic– destroying breast cancer cells, for example. When used as an oil pomegranate repairs skin scrapes, abrasions and cuts rapidly. As a juice, it is used in weight loss regimens because it keeps the body satiated and enriched, providing a full serving of nutrients while shedding pounds. And if you have problems with plaque you have found that healing ambrosia for relief from this common dental ailment. With this dependable source of antioxidants you’ll be more likely to resist those nagging free radicals in pollutants, chemicals, food additives and toxins we all come in contact with on a daily basis.

The fruit is a tasty one of mythological proportion, and that’s an understatement. But when you decide to use it for your skin is when you discover those hidden marvelous benefits in those luscious seeds that burst with richness when applied to skin.

ORGANIC POMEGRANATE AND BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

2 Tsp. of pomegranate seeds (keep the pulp on them)

3 Tsp. of organic brown sugar

2 Tsp. organic olive oil

3 Tsp. organic honey

Mix the olive oil, brown sugar and honey in a glass bowl, throwing the seeds in last so as not to burst the seeds before they reach your skin. Rub this lovely bend gently on our skin in circular motion for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your softer radiant skin will be revealed with a new vigor that even Persephone couldn’t compete with.

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