I decided to start off this post with that awesome quote by Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles (a great read for anyone interested in how food makes you beautiful) because I think it is such an important concept that most of us tend to overlook. I am always shocked by the amount of money some people will willingly spend on an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes that it will bring them the fountain of youth (…but to no avail), and yet they chow down daily on garbage that comes from a processed source. Where is the logic? Here is the simple fact. You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major role in how youthful you look.
What if I told you that you could solve most of your skin ailments by eating? Yes, that’s right, eating. Eating superfoods that is. Superfoods are foods with above average nutrition, that provide us with a superdose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support the health of our bodies and to protect us from the ravages of our environment (i.e sun, pollution).
Pomegranates are one of the best superfood that we can consume, not to mention they are one of my best tasting :)
Some Quick, Fun Facts About Pomegranates (yes, pomegranates are fun!):
- Pomegranates were first cultivated by the Persians some 4,000 years ago! They have long been revered as a symbol of health, fertility, and rebirth.
- Some historians believe that the apple made famous by the story of Adam & Eve, was actually a pomegranate!
- King Henry VIII first wife, Catherine of Aragon, ate the seeds in a last ditch attempt to conceive a son- sorry about your luck Catherine, guess that whole fertility and rebirth thing didn’t work in your favour.
- Pomegranates have the ability to neutralize twice as many free radicals as red wine, and seven times as many as green tea.
- Although it is often suggested that fruits and veggies be eaten whole rather then juiced, in order to reap the benefits of their fiber and antioxidant – pomegranates are one of the only fruits that is also recommended in juice-form, as it is so high in antioxidants that drinking the juice is almost as good as eating the entire fruit! Just make sure your pomegranate juice isn’t from concentrate or full of sugar- it should be extracted directly from the fruit itself. Yes, to POM Wonderful!
Why Pomegranates Are the Epitome of The Perfect Beauty Food
As we get older, we start to see small but significant changes in our skin. The skin which was once supple and youthful begins to show signs of aging: things like fatigue, fine lines, sagginess, and of course eventually (even if we try and tell ourselves that it will never happen) all that sun-worshiping catches up with us and presents itself as lovely brown spots and uneven skin tone (mmm..sounds lovely doesn’t it?). Although many of these changes are a natural part of getting older, the majority of what you will see in the mirror is actually directly representative of the lifestyle you have led and the foods which you have consumed, over the course of many years. Luckily, there are ways to delay this whole aging thing – as pomegranates are here to the rescue.
Because pomegranates are one of the richest sources of antioxidants known as anthocyanins, on the planet – eating them on a regular basis helps to fight pre-mature wrinkling of the skin by creating a sort of ‘safety net’ of protection against evil free-radicals. Make sure you eat them often (as well as other deeply pigmented fruits such as blackberries and blueberries) as this ‘safety net’ gets depleted all the time, and you want to make sure that your body is ready to defend itself at all times. Another reason to start eating more of these little gems is that they have a special compound/antioxidant called ellegic acid, which has been shown to help shield your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays, from the inside out, when taken orally. Pomegranates are also chock-full of iron which helps oxygen get carried to each of your skin cells, keeping skin looking fresh, young and radiant (this is good news!). And, last but certainly not least, pomegranates have the ability to help those dealing with acne, as it aids with proper digestion and detoxification of the body, getting to one of the root causes of this dreaded problem. The high amounts of the antioxidant Vitamin C, also help to regulate sebum production (skin oils), which in tern, may help to lessen the amount of breakouts on your face.
Need I say more?
Probably not, but heck, I like to write! Pomegranates are not only beautiful to eat for your insides, there is also evidence that when applied topically (ie: in your cosmetics), can help with the whole ‘killing of free-radicals’ predicament. According to famed dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt’s book 10 Minutes, 10 Years, he claims that antioxidant rich creams and serums can be a great way to help protect yourself from free-radical damage. So the next time you are looking into a new face cream, serum, or sunscreen, look through the ingredient list for pomegranate extract- as it will not only save your skin, but it should also amp up your sun-protection factor (SPF). The way I like to incorporate pomegranate into my skin care routine, is through the use of pomegranate oil ( I use St. Francis Herb Farm Pomegranate Oil) . I put one pump into my daily moisturizer and I find that it really helps regulate my skin’s natural oil production. It is also nice for those of you with dry skin as it is very high in punicic acid and is a strong anti-inflammatory which helps to soothe dry, cracks skin and prevent moisture loss. As an added bonus, it also works wonders on small cuts and scrapes, as the helps to fight infections and heal scars. I highly recommend checking our Murad and Korres skin care lines for some amazing products containing this invaluable ingredient.
Okay, now I’m done. Go. Buy. Pomegranates :)