Punica granatum, native to the area of Iran and called by names such as love apple, seeded apple, or apple of Grenada, the fruit of the pomegranate is uniquely nutritious and a powerful antioxidant. Its copious seeded interior suggests fertility, fecundity and love, qualities making it a natural symbol in myths around the world.
Biblical scholars even suggest the large red fruit of the pomegranate, not the apple was Eve’s tempter hanging from the Tree of Knowledge of the Garden of Eden. Such a central role in our mythology is a testament to its uniquely feminine properties.
So unique is this fruit and its seeds that it lays claim to naming the fatty acid that makes up over 80% of the oil. Punicic fatty acid from the botanical name, Punica for pomegranate is unique in its rarity as well as its ability to support and improve the skin as it matures and ages.
The feel of pomegranate seed oil is heavier with more body than say, raspberry or blackberry seed oils that have a similar degree of saturation (18:3). This fuller feel comes from the unusual structure of its unique and highly unsaturated fatty acid, punicic acid.
Known as a conjugated fatty acid, this type of carbon chain structure contributes to its unique feel. Without going into the complexities of fatty acid structure, the conjugated acid forms twist rather than lay flat as a saturated fatty acid does or have simple bends as the unsaturated fatty acids do. The twist of the carbon chain makes for the unique feel of the oil, in a manner similar to the difference between a heavy rope verses a bundle of strings.
Studies have shown the benefits of the conjugated fatty acids for the skin as they contribute a number of qualities including anti inflammatory, anti microbial along with an ability to support and repair the natural elasticity of the skin. For older skin, pomegranate seed oil is one of the best helping support the health of the collagen and elastin layers, the structure underlying the skin to slow the aging of the skin while keeping it looking and feeling as young as possible.
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