11 Health Benefits Of Pomegranate Which You May Not Know

11 Health Benefits Of PomegranateIn the ancient cultures, the pomegranate fruit (anar/punica granatum) was considered to be a ‘fruit from heaven.’

Everybody loves this red fruit for its crunchiness and juiciness with savoring taste.

But more than the pleasure of eating this fruit the health benefits of this fruit is most praiseworthy.

This fruit truly deserves to be at the top of healthiest fruits’ list.

The benefits of this pomegranate have a direct impact on preventing or curing a number of major health issues.[1]

 In the following paragraphs below we are going discuss 11 amazing benefits of pomegranates for health and happy living.

1. Value Of ‘Pomegranate Nutrition’ Is Really Great

Pomegranate is berry type fruit with red colored thick skin and filled with edible red-seeds (arils).  

Only the arils (the seed pod inside a pomegranate) are edible; this can be eaten raw or as juice and smoothies. 

Besides having many essential nutrients, this fruits is also rich in several other powerful plant compounds, some of which have highly potent medicinal properties.

100 grams arils contain the following amount of nutrients:[2]

Pomegranate Nutrition

2. Prevent Fungal and Bacterial Infections

The harmful microorganism in the body can be suppressed or destroyed by the plant components in pomegranate.[3]

It is found that the antibacterial properties in this fruit can prevent the harmful yeast Candida albicans and others.[4,5]

Consumption of this fruit will help in preventing bacterial effects in the mouth like denture stomatitis, periodontitis, and gingivitis.[6,7]

3. Pomegranate Is Helpful For Preventing Prostate Cancer And Breast Cancer

The pomegranate extracts have medicinal powers to slow down the reproduction of cancer cells. In the case prostate cancer, this extract induces apoptosis (death) cancer spreading cells.[8,9]

The pomegranate juice can tremendously slow down the regeneration of prostate specific antigen that aggravates the prostate cancer conditions.[10,11]

About the breast cancer, the pomegranate extract can inhibit the reproduction of breast cancer cells. It is also able to destroy some amount of breast cancer cells.[12,13]

4. Reductions In Blood Pressure Is Possible With Pomegranate

There are various studies that have reported the significant reduction in blood pressure with daily consumption of pomegranate juice (150ml per day).[14]

This fruit juice is found to be exceptionally good for reducing systolic blood pressure.[15]

For the best results in keeping your blood pressure at the healthy level, it will take at least two weeks of regular drinking of pomegranate juice.

5. Pomegranate Contains Anti-Inflammation Properties

Many major diseases like type-2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s disease are caused or aggravated by chronic inflammation.

The excellent anti-inflammatory properties amply found in this fruit in conjunction with antioxidant properties of the punicalagin, are able to prevent and reduce the cell level inflammation. 

There are proven studies that found when patients had 250 ml of pomegranate juice per day for 12 weeks reduced the inflammatory markers CRP and interleukin-6 by 32% and 30% respectively.  This same was also found to be very effective in reducing the inflammation associated with colon cancer and breast cancer.[16,17,18]

6. Pomegranates Contain Excellent Medicinal Properties

The punicalagin and punicic acid present in pomegranate have an excellent medicinal effect that provides for a number of health benefits. 

Punicalagins are excellent antioxidants found in the peels of pomegranate. It is very powerful in removing the adverse effects of free radicals in the blood. 

Punicalagins are said to be the most powerful natural antioxidant, better than those found in green tea, red wine, green coffee beans.[19]

One of the major fatty acid found in the arils is the punicic acid. It is a type of conjugated linoleic acid which provides a powerful anti-oxidant benefit.

This fatty acid has very powerful biological effects like pro- and antioxidant activities, anticancer effects, anti-inflammatory activities and healing of skin diseases.[20,21,22]

7. Pomegranate Juice Is Good For Healthy Heart

Pomagranates

It is recommended that people suffering from any of the heart diseases should consume pomegranate fruits daily.

The conjugated linoleic acids, especially the punicic acid found in this fruits is really good for preventing various diseases that affect the heart.

The pomegranate seed oil is good for reducing the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It is found consuming about 800 milligrams of pomegranate seed oil per day can increase the HDL cholesterol levels in the blood.[23,24]

The consumption of pomegranate juice is also good for increasing the HDL and reducing the LDL cholesterol.[25]

This fruit juice also has the ability to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and restricts the possibilities of inflammation.[26,27,28]  

8. Gives Relief From Arthritis and Joint Pain

The inflammation in the joints can be prevented or reduced with the help of anti-inflammatory plant compounds present in pomegranate.

The extract from this fruit is beneficial to people with osteoarthritis as it prevents the particular enzymes in the body that causes damage to the joints.[29,30]

9. Reduce The Chances Of Erectile Dysfunction

One of the most common reasons for erectile dysfunction is the impaired blood flow into the erectile issues caused by oxidative damage.

Certain animal studies have proven the efficacy of pomegranate juices to recover or prevent the erectile dysfunction caused by oxidation.[31]

It was also found a study that men with erectile dysfunction noticed some beneficial influence of this fruit juice reducing the problem.[32]

10. Possible To Improve Memory With Pomegranate Diet

There is some evidence that showed the enhancement of memory power in people who regularly consumed pomegranate extract.

It is particularly good for the people who suffered memory loss due to surgery or accident.

One of the study results showed improvement in visual and verbal memory in people who regularly consumed 8oz of pomegranate juices.[33]

The studies conducted on mice showed the effectiveness of this fruit in preventing or recovering from the Alzheimer’s disease to some extent.[34]

11. Pomegranate Is Good For Enhancing The Performances Of Athletes

Pomegranate Is Good For Enhancing The Performances Of AthletesPomegranate extract is good for reducing the fatigue and improving the performance level of sporting activities and exercises.

The nitrate present in this fruit is good for enhancing the muscular strength for improved performance. 

It is found one the studies that the athletes who took 1 gram of pomegranate extract 30 minutes before exercise had improved the blood flow and higher energy output.[35]

The Bottom Line

Pomegranate with glowing red color, crunchy and sweet taste is really a ‘fun fruit’ to eat. But the real value of this fruit lies in it nutritional richness and effective medicinal powers.

Everyone will love to have juices and smoothies with pomegranate. There are also numbers of cosmetic skin care products that boast of pomegranate oil ingredient in them.

The best way you can get maximum benefits from this fruit is to eat the arils directly or drink it as juice. But for medicinal solutions, there are healthcare products that contain pomegranate extract or the pomegranates’ seed oil.

There is no doubt this glorious red fruit is one of the healthiest fruits on the planet with numerous health benefits. Don’t miss it.

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  1. Lori December 21, 2015
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