Pomelo—which is the largest type of citrus fruit—is closely related to grapefruit. Common in Southeast Asia, pomelos have tangy, sweet, yellow or reddish flesh. Because pomelos are not well known in western countries; these citrus fruits are popular only in Southeast Asian countries.
Pomelos are very nutrition-dense. Apart from being loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds, pomelos are also rich in fiber, magnesium, and potassium. Pomelo is also high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that prevents certain types of cancer and repairs cell damage.
If that’s not enough to get you to try pomelo, here’s another five reasons why you should enjoy this delicious fruit:
Benefits of Pomelo
Boosts the Immune System
We all know citrus fruits are high in vitamin C but pomelos, in particular, yield around 600% of your daily vitamin C requirement! In Southeast Asian countries, pomelos are traditionally used to boost the immune system — protecting the body from common colds, flu, and cough. Because vitamin C is an antioxidant, it protects the cells from free radicals that damage the organs. Eating more pomelos will also protect you from most types of viral, microbial, and bacterial infections too!
Aids in Digestion
One pomelo yields about 25% of your daily fiber requirement. Fiber helps promote better digestion and prevents digestive problems like diarrhea and constipation. How? Fiver bulks up the stool, allowing for smoother movement in the digestive tract. Fiber also promotes the secretion of digestive and gastric juices so complex proteins that are typically harder to digest are broken down easily.
Rich in Potassium
Pomelo is a rich source of potassium. One pomelo yields about 37% of your daily potassium requirement. Because potassium is a vasodilator, it helps release tension from the blood vessels, increasing blood circulation and promoting oxygenation of organs. This helps minimize the stress on the heart, lowering the risks of developing strokes, heart attacks, and atherosclerosis.
Apart from lowering blood pressure, potassium also prevents muscle spasms and stiffness. Potassium helps balance the fluids in the body to minimize the chances of pulled muscles and/or torn ligaments.
If that’s not enough to increase your consumption of this fabulous fruit, the potassium in pomelo also promotes better bone health! Potassium is connected to higher bone mineral density, allowing essential minerals to be absorbed by the body efficiently. This leads to stronger bones and prevent general bone weakness and osteoporosis.
Promotes Better Skin
Pomelo is rich in essential vitamins that prevents aging and promotes radiant, younger-looking skin. Pomelo’s unusually high vitamin C content protects the skin from cell damage, preventing wrinkles, saggy skin, and age spots. Pomelos also contain a compound known as spermadine, which is a known anti-aging compound. Vitamin C in pomelo and helps promotes collagen, which not only strengthens organ tissues and cells; it also restores the skin’s natural glow and suppleness.
Keeps You Trim!
If you’re looking to lose weight, we recommend boosting your daily consumption of pomelo! Pomelo contains a dense concentration of fat-burning enzymes called Carnitine pamitoyl-transferase. Carnitine pamitoyl-transferase—which is rarely found in food—helps burn stored fat efficiently! When it comes to weight loss, pomelo works just as well as its more popular cousin, the grapefruit.