Health Benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranate is nutrient rich and a good source of vitamins A, C and E, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eat pomegranates (raw or juiced) to protect against serious diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and certain cancers.

Health benefits of pomegranates

Here are nine of the health benefits of eating pomegranates:

1 – Alzheimer’s

Eating fresh fruit like Pomegranates as part of a well-balanced diet can help to lessen the risk of Alzheimer’s in later life. A positive of this fruit is the ability to lower the build up of protein fragments (by nearly 50%) in the brain’s hippocampus region.

The taste of the pomegranate fruit seeds can vary from very tart or very sweet and this depends on the ripeness.

2 – Anti-aging

The Polyphenolic content in pomegranates is antioxidant-rich which helps to neutralize free-radical damage and slow the process of aging. So, eating fruits like pomegranates keeps the skin looking youthful and slows the development of wrinkles.

3 – Blood pressure

Pomegranates can help to prevent the function of the serum angiotensin-converting enzyme which has the positive impact of lowering blood pressure. This fruit is rich in pnicic acid which is useful to lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol.

There are over 750 varieties of pomegranate.

4 – Cancer

Pomegranates are believed to help prevent several different cancers, including skin, lung, breast and prostate. This fruit is rich in antioxidants like polyphenol which slows the development of tumor cells. Plus, the anti-inflammatory properties are also helpful for their anti-cancer compounds.

5 – Digestion

A well-balanced diet rich in fiber is essential to keep the digestive system healthy. A single pomegranate has about 20-35 grams of fiber, which is close to 45% of the daily recommended intake.

A single pomegranate can have more than 1000 seeds.

6 – Heart disease

Pomegranates are heart-friendly and loaded with antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals, which can cause damage to the artery walls. Plus, the powerful antioxidants are useful to prevent oxidation of cholesterol, which leads to coronary artery disease and causes plaque formation.

7 – Immune system

Pomegranates have a high concentration of anti-inflammatory properties which are great for boosting the immunity and preventing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, this delicious fruit is rich in vitamin C which helps with the development of immunity and boosts antibody production. A strong immune system is more effective at fighting off common infections and illnesses.

A pomegranate tree can grow to a height of 15-ft and live over 100 years.

8 – Plaque

Health benefits of pomegranates include the potential to prevent plaque formation because of the hydroalcoholic extract contained in this fruit. Drinking this fruit juice can be as effective as using an alcohol based mouthwash for its anti-plaque effects.

9 – Stress

An AM drink of pomegranate juice helps to lower the level of stress hormone cortisol while also helping to lower psychological stress and the body’s internal oxidative stress.

Pomegranate nutrition facts

  • Pomegranates are a good source of fiber, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
  • A single pomegranate provides about 35% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 25% of folate intake.
  • Each pomegranate has about 650 juicy seeds.
  • It is high in phytochemicals, high in vitamins, high in fiber, and low in calories.
  • A 100 gram serving has about 83 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber
  • Eating 100 gram of the edible seeds provides about 16.2 mcg of vitamin K.

Pomegranate – FAQs

Q. Where are pomegranates grown?

A. The pomegranate is cultivated in several regions around the world, including Central and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, tropical and northern Africa, the Middle East and Caucasus region, and the Mediterranean region of southern Europe.

Q. Pomegranates are good for your skin?

A. The rich anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties of the pomegranate make it a very good choice for skin care. For instance, this delicious fruit has a practical use for acne outbreaks and scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and dry skin.

Q. Are pomegranates high in sugar?

A. Similar to other fruits, the pomegranate is rich in natural sugars with a ½ cup serving contains about 12.1 grams. But, this fruit is also high in fiber content which helps to limit the effect on the blood sugar level.

Q. What do pomegranates taste like?

A. While this exotic and delicious fruit is rarely seen as a go-to fruit because of the difficulty of eating, it does actually taste great. The taste varies with the ripeness of the fruit and is either fairly sharp (like raw cranberries) or a little sour (much like ripe cherries).

Q. What is the best season for pomegranates?

A. The pomegranate season for countries in the Northern Hemisphere runs from September to February, and for countries in the Southern Hemisphere, from March to May.

 

Health Benefits of Pomegranates (Video)

 

Further reading:

  1. How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate
  2. Pomegranate Recipes
  3. Healthy Ways to Eat Pomegranates
  4. USDA National Nutrient Database

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