The health benefits of pomegranates are innumerable and what makes them special is that apart from being healthy, pomegranates are delicious too. They have antioxidant, antiviral and anti-tumor properties and are said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. This amazing fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea.
Pomegranates are so useful in maintaining effective and healthy blood circulation, that several doctors suggest eating pomegranates to regain your strength after a long illness. Other health benefits include:
- Being a great cure for heart-related problems, stomach disorders, cancer, dental conditions, osteoarthritis, anaemia and diabetes.
- Pomegranates have been traditionally used for clearing up the skin and reducing inflammation. Pomegranate juice can also be useful for the treatment of sore throats.
- Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants; they can prevent the oxidisation of LDL cholesterol, also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Dt. Charu Dua says that there are the amazing health benefits of pomegranates can be enjoyed by consuming them in several ways. You can take them in the form of a juice or you can eat its seeds, syrup, paste, nectar or concentrate. Pomegranate syrups are useful for treating damage to cartilage and protect babies from brain damage incurred during their birth.
The Benefits of Pomegranates
The antioxidants in pomegranates protect against dialysis-related infections, or kidney diseases, as well as cardiovascular complications. A study presented at 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology found the potassium content in pomegranate juice reduces many of the dialysis-related complications for kidney patients, otherwise showing a reduced morbidity rate.
Reduce Your Hunger
The seeds of pomegranates contain vitamin C that accounts for nearly 40 percent of the daily recommended amount. They lower blood pressure and satiate hunger due to high levels of fiber.
Pomegranate juice protects against dental plaque microorganisms. Research published in the Ancient Science of Life found drinking the juice reduces plaque-forming units by 32 percent. The juice’s antioxidants, called polyphenols, are a primary driver behind its believed antibacterial activity.
A study from the University of California, Riverside found components of pomegranate juice may stop prostate cancer cells from moving, while also weakening the chemical signals that promote this kind of cancer to spread in the first place. And in a separate study, Israeli researchers found pomegranate juice may prevent and destroy breast cancer cells.
Stable PSA Levels
Prostate cancer patients may also experience lowered levels of a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) when they drink 8 ounces of pomegranate juice each day, found this study from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Helps with Osteoarthritis
Pomegranates help reduce illnesses of many forms, including atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis. The damages that are caused due to the thickening and hardening of the arterial walls and in the cartilage & joints can be cured by eating this fruit. Also, pomegranates are capable of preventing the creation of enzymes that are responsible for breaking down connective tissues within the body.
Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Pomegranates also reduce the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease among older generations. It helps to control ageing problems like wrinkles as well, thus providing people with youthful and glowing skin.
Helps with Diabetes
For diabetic patients, drinking pomegranate juice can reduce the risk of various coronary diseases. Along with this, there is a reduction in the hardening of the arteries, which can inhibit the development of various heart diseases.
We hope you now know the positives of pomegranates. As well as a closer look at the various health benefits you can get by having pomegranates in your daily routine.