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Chinese Good Luck fruit – Pomelo

The exotic Pomelo, the largest of all citrus fruits, is an ancient ancestor of the common grapefruit. The tough but easy-to-peel skin is slightly bumpy, with a colour ranging from mild green to yellow and contains a number of oil glands.  Its juice is sweet to bitter and at times spicy-sweet with the flesh colour ranging from pink to rose.

Chinese Good Luck fruit - Pomelo

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The pomelo fruit is considered an important and nutritious fruit in Chinese culture. Pomelos are used in cooking when in season, which falls right before the New Year. They are also acknowledged to bring good luck to the household. It is a common practice to decorate the home with a single or a pair of pomelos. A pair is better because as they say — ‘all good things come in twos’. This fruit is also symbolic of family unity. Other names for Pomelo are Chinese Grapefruit, Shaddock, Pumelo, Pommelo, and Pompelmous.

Claimed Health Benefits of Pomelo

Chinese Good Luck fruit - Pomelo

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The exotic good luck fruit, as the pomelo is commonly referred to, is blessed with several nutrients and minerals which aids in a variety of health conditions.

Urinary Tract Infection – Increased consumption of Pomelo can help fight urinary tract infection; a painful bacterial infection of the urinary system. Vitamin C in Pomelo increases the acid level in urine, inhibiting the development of bacteria in the urinary tract.

Heart Health – Pomelo contains high levels of potassium, a mineral required for proper functioning of the heart. Potassium regulates blood pressure level and reduces bad cholesterol in the body. Pomelo juice also helps clear arterial deposits in the body, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Infection – Consuming a serving of Pomelo daily can prevent free radicals from attacking the body. It stimulates antibodies and immune cells which guard the body from bacteria that cause cold, flu, asthma and allergies.

Fights Cancer – The skin of the Pomelo fruit is rich in bioflavonoids, an antioxidant that prevents intestinal, pancreatic and breast cancer. It eliminates excess estrogen from the body, preventing the cancer from spreading. It also contains high amounts of fibre, which protects the body from colon cancer.

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