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The pomelo is a citrus fruit and is closely related to grapefruits. It takes 8 years to grow before the tree bears any fruits. The pomelo is primarily found in Southeast Asia. They have the consistency of grapefruits without the tart or tangy flavor.
The pomelo has high amounts of fiber. The edible flesh contains nearly 25 percent of your daily requirement. Fiber helps with digestion and relieves issues such as diarrhea and constipation. The fiber found in pomelo helps to bulk up the stool to promote smooth movement through the digestive tract. The fiber also stimulates the secretion of digestive and gastric juices.
Pomelo is a good source of potassium. One pomelo contains nearly 40 percent of your daily requirement. Potassium is known as a vasodilator which means it helps to release the tension in the blood vessels and to increase blood circulation and oxygenation in the organs. Potassium also helps to reduce the strain on the heart and lowers the risk or stroke, heart attack and atherosclerosis.
Pomelos contain high levels of vitamin C which is a known antioxidant. These antioxidants look for free radicals which can cause skin to age prematurely. Vitamin C can slow down wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. The pomelo also contains a rare chemical called spermidine which has been linked to anti-aging as well.
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria and the high levels of vitamin C in the pomelo can help to kill bacteria. The vitamin C found in the pomelo raises the acid level in your urine which can help to kill the bacteria and slow down re-occurrences of bacterial growth that can cause the UTI.
Pomelo and its flesh are good for oral health. The vitamin C helps to promote collagen production, which helps to strengthen your gums and can help to control bleeding. The vitamin C keeps gums strong and healthy which will help stave off tooth loss.
Pomelo trees are native to the Far East, specifically Malaysia, Thailand and southern China and can be found growing wild on the river banks in the Fiji and Friendly Islands.
All citrus fruits including pomelo are good sources of folic acid. A lack of folic acid during pregnancy can increase the risk of fetal birth defects.
From the handful of studies on the effects of pomelo on drug metabolism, it looks like pomelo and pomelo juice act much like grapefruit and grapefruit juice.