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Powerfoods: Pomelo

Pomelo

The pomelo (Citrus grandis) is the largest member of the citrus fruits. Larger than a grapefruit, the pomelo is also sweet, with a very thick skin. In fact, the grapefruit is the result of a pomelo-orange cross. Pomelos are said to be grandfathers to grapefruits and are also called Chinese grapefruit. The exact place of origin is unknown. The Chinese cultivated it as a crop for thousands of years as it features significantly in the Chinese new year festivities.

  • Pomelo is also packed with fibre, a must-have nutrient to help maintain regular bowel movements, prevent hemorrhoids and even colon cancer
  • Pomelo rind contains huge amount of bioflavonoid that can stop cancer cells from spreading the effect of breast cancer in a patient, by making the body get rid of the excess estrogen
  • Though pomelo juice is acidic in nature, it helps in the digestive process of the body, by having an alkaline reaction after digestion
  • Pomelo contains pectin which proves to be very effective in reducing the accumulation of arterial deposits in the body, thereby clearing out all the impurities
  • Pomelo, with its ultra high vitamin C content also helps combat this common inflammation during pregnancy. Vitamin C is known to up the acidity level in the urine discouraging the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract
  • Another good reason to eat pomelo is because of its rich potassium content which helps lower blood pressure levels and also improve bone density
  • Pomelo is rich in Vitamin C which is a co-factor of enzymes involved in the formation of collagen, a protein which strengthens and makes skin elastic encouraging faster wound healing. Collagen is not only essential in skin formation but also in building healthy teeth and gums
  • Pomelo is also useful in reducing the cholesterol count in the body, thus saving you from running the risk of various heart related problems
  • Pomelo has proven out to be useful for people seeking out weight loss. The fat burning enzyme in pomelo absorbs and reduces the starch and sugar content in the body contributing towards weight loss
  • Pomelo is also effective against fatigue, diabetes, fever, insomnia, sore throat, stomach and pancreatic cancer and other such infectious diseases

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