Pomegranate: Powerful Health Benefits

 

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One of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavor, taste, and heath promoting characteristics, pomegranate, is known as a superfood.

If you’re not familiar with the pomegranate, it is a red fruit with an outer layer; only the juice and the seeds inside are edible. Pomegranate juice is available year round, but you can purchase fresh pomegranates in most grocery stores.

This fantastic little fruit has a lot to offer after making its back into the news and market after extensive research. Here’s what you need to know:

Pomegranates are an antioxidant-rich superfood.  
The most important source of pomegranate’s benefits come from its antioxidant contents. It’s also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C, with one pomegranate providing about 40 percent of the daily requirement for this vitamin.
If our bodies don’t meet the adequate supply of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals, then we can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage.

Pomegranates may have anti-cancer properties.
Pomegranate’s antioxidant activity is known to reduce cell proliferation and invasion, and promote apoptosis (cell death) in various cancer cells.

Pomegranates may reduce arthritis symptoms and support bone health.
Pomegranates or pomegranate extract may help decrease joint pain and lessen inflammation in arthritis sufferers, according to experts. The antioxidants in pomegranates may also help to cut down the inflammation that contributes to the destruction of cartilage in your joints.

Pomegranates are good for the heart.
There is evidence to suggest that the antioxidants in pomegranates also benefit your heart in a number of ways, including lowering systolic blood pressure, slowing, and even reversing the enlargement of plaque formation in arteries, and improving blood flow and keeping arteries from becoming thick and stiff.

Pomegranate may also be useful against breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most widespread type of cancer in women. Pomegranate extract has been publicized to slow down reproduction of breast cancer cells, and may even kill some of them.

Pomegranate may lower blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks and strokes. Although pomegranate juice contains fructose, it does not raise the blood sugar levels as other fruit juices do.

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Pomegranate juice is, in general, safe to drink if certain facts are first considered. If you choose to drink pomegranate juice, check the label to be sure that you’re drinking pure pomegranate juice, and not a mixture of juices that contains added sugar. The sugar adds more calories to the juice, which reduces its heart-health benefits.

Pomegranates are considered to be among the healthiest fruits on the planet.

 

References:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-pomegranate.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146506

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