Are you a pomelo lover? Did you know that this unusual member of the citrus fruit has a surprising number of health benefits that you might not be aware of?
Pomelo (Citrus Maxima or Citrus Grandis) is considered grapefruit and it comes with many other names in english including “pummelo”, “pommelo”, “Chinese grapefruit”, “lusho fruit”, and “pompelmous”. It is also called “shaddock” after an English sea captain, Captain Shaddock, who first brought home its seed to the West Indies after a trip to the Malay Archipelago. In the Philippines it is called “Suha” or “Lucban”. Pomelo is mostly cultivated in China and South East Asia, and is now widely available in the United States and India.
It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe with sweet white, pink or red flesh.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sirichai Adisakwattana from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, revealed in his recent study the beneficial nutrients found in pomelo concentrate that contains antioxidant and lipid-reducing properties.
It is also a rich source of essential nutrients that are beneficial to our health such as carbohydrate, Vitamin C, B2-B3-B6, calcium and iron. Constant consumption of pomelo also helps improve digestion and visual systems. According to the latest CU study, pomelo pulps also contain the antioxidant and antihyperlipidemic agents.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF POMELO per 100 grams
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
HEALTH BENEFITS OF POMELO
1. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER
This fruit is major source of ascorbic acid and it has been used for generations in Southeast Asia as a quick immune system booster. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant substance to increase white blood cell activity and attack free radicals that can damage the organ systems of the body. It helps to fight off infections that lead to colds, coughs, fevers, and more serious symptoms or microbial, viral, and bacterial infections.
2. AIDS DIGESTION
Most fruits contain high amounts of fiber, and pomelos are no exception. This promotes healthy digestion and eliminates problems like constipation and diarrhea. High fiber content bulks up the stool, promotes smooth movement in the digestive tract, and stimulates the secretion of digestive and gastric juices to break down complex proteins and more difficult to digest foods. This keeps the digestive system functioning at a high level.
3. REGULATE BLOOD PRESSURE
Pomelos are a very good source of potassium and it is important in managing high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) because potassium lessens the effects of sodium. The more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose through urine. Potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure.
4. PREVENTS MUSCLE CRAMPS
Potassium is also important in the fluid balance in the body, which is a key aspect of muscle cramping, muscle weakness and stiffness. When potassium levels are low, the cells cannot repolarize and are unable to fire repeatedly, and muscles and nerves may not function normally. Without proper levels of potassium, which pomelos can supply, you are likely to cramp up and become susceptible to pulled muscles and torn ligaments.
5. SUPPORTS BONE HEALTH
According to Dr. Susan E Brown by Better Bones potassium is the “hidden bone guardian” It is one of the most important key bone nutrients. It helps to facilitate the uptake of other essential minerals for keeping the bones strong. Therefore, pomelos can aid in preventing osteoporosis and general bone weakness throughout the body.
The huge levels of vitamin C in pomelos act as antioxidants, which seek out those dangerous free radicals. One unfortunate thing that free radicals cause is degradation of the skin and signs of premature againg like wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots. High vitamin C intake can prevent this, so eat some more pomelos! It also contain spermadine, a rare chemical that is actually found in human sperm, hence the name. This has been closely linked to anti-aging properties as well!
7. WEIGHT LOSS
Both grapefruits and pomelos contain a “fat-burning enzyme” that can help you reduce your weight. It is called Carnitine pamitoyl-transferase, and is not found in many foods. However, it can seriously boost your battle against the bulge, so many dieters choose to include pomelo in their healthy eating habits.
8. ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEAUTY
One of the primary benefit of Pomelo essential Oil is that it helps in hair loss after use for a week. It helps in thickening thin hair, maintaining its health and promotes new hair growth. It can also helps in relieving stress, uplifting the mood and nervous exhaustion. No wonder why i see some people smelling its rind pith after removing it from the pulp.
Also in Chinese cuisine they have this dish called Braised Pomelo Pith and it really looks enticing.
POMELO SIDE EFFECTS & DRUG INTERACTIONS
Pomelo has lots of amazing health benefits but It could also cause serious side effects when mixed with certain medications. According to Canadian Medical Association Journal 43 drugs have interactions with it that can result in serious adverse effects. Always remember to eat pomelo in moderations and If you’re on any type of medication it’s best to ask your doctor or pharmacist if the drugs you’re taking would react badly with grapefruit. Please check here for the complete list of 43 drugs that have adverse effects with pomelo.