One of the healthiest fruits is the pomegranate. Though it is available most of time, it is usually not included in our daily diet. Research has indicated the amazing benefits of the pomegranate fruit, which helps in lowering the risks of many diseases.
Pomegranates grow on small trees or shrubs. The name pomegranate is derived from the Latin word, which means “Seeded Apple”. It is one of the most important super foods mentioned in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the high priest would tie pomegranates around his waist representing life and good health. So pomegranates are believed to be a mind and body healing fruit.
Further, it is interesting that Jewish people believe that pomegranates have 613 seeds which represent 613 commandments of God in the Old Testament. No wonder this fruit is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and nutrients and need to form a part of our daily diet.Pomegranates are loaded with minerals, vitamins, protein, fibre, folate and potassium.
Let us look at some of the amazing health benefits of the pomegranate fruit.
Pomegranate lowers the risk of heart disease.
The fatty acid present in pomegranates (punicic acid) helps in reducing the risk of heart diseases. It also helps in lowering the triglycerides and cholesterol levels. It also improves the LDL cholesterol, which is good for the heart.
Pomegranates are high in antioxidant properties.
Research has indicated that a glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than many others like green tea, red wine etc. Not only the seeds and the juice, but also the powder of the dried peels of the pomegranate, have very high antioxidant properties.
Pomegranates are good for stomach disorders.
Eating the seeds or drinking the juice of pomegranates, provide great relief in the case of diarrhoea or dysentery. Many people also add the leaves of pomegranate to tea. This helps in relieving many stomach disorders.
Pomegranates help in reducing arthritis and joint pain.
They help in easing arthritis and joint pain. Pomegranates are also high in anti-inflammatory agents, which help in easing joint pains. They also help in preventing the creation of enzymes, which are responsible for breaking down the connective tissues in the body.
Pomegranates help in good dental care.
Pomegranates are high in anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which help in preventing bacteria and plaque deposits on the teeth. Further, it protects against infections and inflammation in the mouth.
Pomegranates help in improving memory.
Research has indicated that pomegranates help in improving memory and also in protecting against memory loss diseases like alzheimer’s. It is a good fruit for enhancing memory.
Pomegranates help to lower the blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
Eating pomegranates or having the juice has indicated a reduction in hypertension, which is one of the main reasons for heart attacks. Regular intake of pomegranates has indicated lower blood pressure.
It also helps maintain a good flow of blood in the body. The antioxidants in pomegranates help in lowering the bad cholesterol, thereby keeping the arteries clear of any clots. Research has also indicated that pomegranates have the ability to make blood thinner.
Pomegranates help in preventing cancer.
Research has indicated that pomegranates have a high level of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids help in fighting against various cancer agents. People who are at risk of getting cancer like breast cancer, prostate cancer etc., should include pomegranate juice in their daily diet.
Pomegranates also help in reducing Anemia.
Drinking pomegranate juice helps in maintaining healthy blood flow in the body. It supplies iron in the blood thereby reducing anemic symptoms like exhaustion, dizziness and other weakness.
Pomegranates improves exercise performance.
Pomegranates help in supplying the much needed energy and this reduces fatigue. Many sportspersons and athletes include pomegranate juice in their daily diet.
Some of the other benefits of pomegranates are :
- It reduces the possibility of having premature babies or low birth weight for new born babies.
- Further it help in preventing wrinkles and having a glowing skin.
- Pomegranates help in overcoming depression and anxiety.
- It also give relief in case of sore throats.
Pomegranates are mostly found all year round but they are mostly available from September to January. An easy way to open a pomegranate is as follows – Firstly roll the pomegranates to loosen the seeds. Pomegranates can be opened by cutting them in half and then removing the seeds by tapping the outer part of the covering with a wooden spoon. The seeds will fall in a bowl easily.
This is one fruit that you need to add to your daily diet. Pomegranates will enhance the nutritional value of your food. This fruit can be enjoyed by children as well as adults and so it is good to have it regularly.
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