Do you pomelo?

If you could find a fruit that improved your immune system, your digestion, lower blood pressure, reduce cramping, prevent anaemia, boost bone strength, reduce signs of premature raging, prevent cancer, protect heart health, aid in weight loss and boost your immune health….what would you be willing to pay for all those benefits?  

Well you probably could spend the amount it costs to buy a pomelo

Pomelos, scientific name of Citrus maxima (as it is the largest citrus fruit), also knowns as pumello, jabong, lusho, shaddock, Chinese grapefruit, are native to SouthEast Asia and it is there that you will find them being sold at fruit markets or street food stalls.  They can be seen growing on trees in the heat of summer in tropical climates.  Although originally cultivated in Asia, they are now more widely available as  throughout the world, especially where there is a large Asian community. 

Pomelos resemble grapefruits, but are usually greener in colour and much of the weight and volume of the fruit is a thick pith.  The sweet citrus scent and pulpy flesh, which ranges in colour from yellow to red, make it an extremely delectable pleasant fruit.  

The various health benefits of pomelo are due to the impressive proportions of it’s nutritional contents of vitamins, minerals and organic compounds, both from the flesh itself and the skin.  

Digestion:  one pomelo contains about 25% of your daily recommended requirement of fiber.  This helps with smooth daily bowel movement and also stimulates the secretion of digestive and gastric juices that help break down complex proteins and more difficult to digest foods.

Blood pressure: the high content of potassium (about 37% RDR) helps with releasing the tension of blood vessels which in turn promotes increased blood circulation and better oxygenation to organs.  In the long term, this reduces heart strain and lowers the chance of heart attacks and strokes.  

Body cramps: without the proper levels of potassium, our bodies are more likely to cramp up and become prone to pulled muscles and torn ligaments. 

Bone health: osteoporosis and general bone weakness can affect posture, bodily movements as well as flexibility.  This can be reduced as potassium has the added benefit of improving and maintaining bone health as it helps facilitate the uptake of other essential minerals for keeping the bones strong.

Anti-aging: the high levels of vitamin C (100% DV of Vitamin C in 100g) acts as antioxidants.  Antioxidants are important in scavenging all the dangerous free radicals floating around in the body.  Damages caused by free radicals can be seen in skin degredation which shows itself in the form of wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots. Vitamin C also is essential for producing collagen, which is the structuring protein that makes up 25-35% of the whole-body protein content.  The collagen is what makes baby’s skin firm and plump.  Pomelo, as do grapefruits, contain spermidine, an antioxidant which has extreme anti-aging effects on the skin, and is even being used in some skincare products.

Prevent anaemia:  Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron in the body.  It is usually a lack of iron that leads to anaemia.  Vitamin C helps combat iron loss and improves blood circulation.

Immune system: Urinary tract infection can be prevented by vitamin C as it increases the acid level in urine and shrinks the development of bacteria in the urinary tract.  Wound recovery is also aided by vitamin c as the development of collagen fortifies the skin which makes it more flexible and initiates wound recovery.  Vitamin C also stimulates the action of antibodies and immune cells which guard the body against bacteria that cause cold and flu.

Fight against cancer:  Although the skin of pomelo is rarely eaten, it is in this skin that high levels of bioflavonoids are found.  These antioxidants prevent free radical damage and oxidative stress.  They help prevent the formation of oxidised damaged cholesterol.  It is this damaged cholesterol that causes inflammation inside the blood vessels and which is linked to colon cancer .

Weight Loss:  Pomelos have 0% fat and only 37 calories per 100g. The carnitine pamitoyl-transferase found in pomelo has shown to have a “fat-burning” mechanism and this is why many dieters include this substance in their diet regime. The fibre contained in pomelo stays in the stomach and reduces regular hunger pangs. 

Next: we will be posting some Asian-inspired recipes that use pomelo for a delicious treat that is good for you at the same time.