Pomegranate mentioned in Quran and its health benefits

How many fruits are mentioned in Quran?

There are several verses in Quran talking about the 6 fruits of Paradise, including; dateolivepomegranategrapebanana, and fig.

1. Pomegranate mentioned in Quran


Pomegranates are mentioned three times in the Quran and it is amongst the fruits of paradise:

And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe. (Quran 6:99)

Therein will be fruits and dates and pomegranates. (Quran 55:68)

And it is He Who produces gardens trellised and untrellised, and date-palms, and crops of different shape and taste (its fruits and its seeds) and olives, and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in taste). Eat of their fruit when they ripen, but pay the due thereof (its Zakat, according to Allah’s Orders 1/10th or 1/20th) on the day of its harvest, and waste not by extravagance. Verily, He likes not Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance). (Quran 6:141)

2. Nutrients in Pomegranate


Pomegranates contain a plentiful supply of potassium as well as such minerals as phosphorus, calcium, iron, and sodium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C.

The fruit is nutritious and has a calorific value of 65. Its protein and fat contents are insignificant, while it is a rich source of sodium and also contains a good amount of riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous.

3. Worldwide use of Pomegranate


The juice of the pomegranate is a favorite in many Middle Eastern countries and can be bought from vendors selling the cool, tasty red juice. The juice is also used to make jellies, sauces, flavorants and syrups.

Pomegranates are used medicinally for diarrhea, earache, bad vision, fevers, teeth and gum disorders and indigestion according to Unani Tibb medicine.

It is commonly prescribed under the homeopathic as well as the Unani Tibb medical systems. Unani Tibb, with roots in Greek, Egyptian, Arabic and Indian medicine, is a healing system based on scientific data and holistic principles, while homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on natural laws applied therapeutically some 200 years ago.

4. Health Benefits of Pomegranate


4.1 Maintains the body’s potassium-sodium level

It maintains the body’s potassium-sodium balance, it also helps the nervous and muscular senses to function regularly, prevents edema, and decreases the amount of sugar circulating in the blood. Pomegranates revive tired muscles and enable them to move easily, and also strengthen the heart.

4.2 Good for Heart

Pomegranate juice is a powerful anti-oxidant. Antioxidants guard the body against free radicals, harmful molecules that are believed to contribute to heart disease, premature ageing and cancer.

5. References

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