Pomegranate A Powerful Antioxidant
The juice and seeds of this red vibrant fruit have been used for thousands of years in India and the Middle East to treat diabetes. Pomegranate gets its rich red colour from polyphenols.
Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals, and help protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation thus keeping illness at bay. While more research is needed to support such claims, the health benefits of pomegranate are undeniable.
Did you know? pomegranate has three times more antioxidants than those found in red wine and green tea making it the ideal superfood to incorporate in your diet.
A few more reason to incorporate Pomegranate in your diet:
Vitamin C: Your body’s cells need vitamin C to grow and repair themselves. A serving of pomegranate contains about 30 percent of the US RDA of this important vitamin.
Heart Protection: A couple studies indicate that pomegranate juice may protect against arteriosclerosis, which is a hardening of the arteries. It is also thought to increase blood flow through the heart muscle and prevent plaque in the arteries. Check with your doctor before using pomegranate to treat circulatory problems. Pomegranate may interact with statins and hypertension medications.
High blood pressure: Drinking pomegranate juice daily can lower systolic blood pressure. Pomegranate juice doesn’t seem to reduce diastolic pressure
Fights Cancer: The anti-inflammatory properties in pomegranate can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, including breast and prostate
Reduccion of Gingivitis: Pomegranate juice could help control gum inflammation thus reducing gingivitis and periodontitis, this is due in part because pomegranate juice has antibacterial properties.
Arthritis: One of the emerging health benefits of pomegranate is its anti-inflammatory properties. Ongoing research shows that pomegranate may reduce the pain of arthritis and protect cartilage from damage.
These are just a few of the health benefits of pomegranate. There are many studies going on right now looking into pomegranate’s role in the prevention of cancer, the slowing of Alzheimer’s disease and its memory-enhancing qualities.
Pomegranate juice is safe for most people when taken orally. The majority of people do not experience side effects. Although some people can have allergic reactions to pomegranate fruit.