Pomegranate Benefits for Health and Its Nutritional Content

Benefits Of Eating Pomegranate

Pomegranate is a deciduous shrub that bears fruits and belongs to the genus Punica. It is native to Iran and northern India. It is used in cooking, preparing jams, juices and jellies, garnishing, alcoholic beverages, smoothies and baking, and eaten raw. It is commonly called “anar”. Its cover color ranges from white to dark red and purple. The seeds are ruby red in color and delicious to taste with sweetness and little sourness. A pomegranate consists of hundreds of tiny and crisp arils (the seeds of the fruit)

The nutritional profile of pomegranate is comprised of electrolytes (sodium and potassium), vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, choline, C, E and K), minerals (zinc, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and manganese), fats, protein and dietary fiber. It also contains two important compounds – punicic acid and punicalagins – responsible for its health benefits. Punicalagins are antioxidants present in both the juice of pomegranate and the peel. Its antioxidant activity is three times greater than that found in grape juice, green tea, acai juice, cranberry juice or red wine. Punicic acid – the oil of pomegranate seeds – is the important fatty acid found in the seeds of the fruit. It is type of conjugated linoleic acid, which has potential health benefits.

Pomegranates are known for the benefits on health, traditionally. They have been used in Ayurvedic and herbal medicines as a natural remedy for all ailments. Below are the reasons why you should include this fruit in your diet.

  1. Lowers blood pressure
  2. Enhances heart health
  3. Reduces joint pains and arthritis
  4. Combats cancer
  5. Natural aphrodisiac
  6. Boosts memory and guards brain function
  7. Curbs the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
  8. Fights fungal and bacterial infections
  9. Useful against breast cancer
  10. Fights prostate cancer
  11. Helps digestion and regular bowel movements
  12. Powerful anti-inflammatory and angiogenic
  13. Improves exercise performance
  14. Reduces anemia symptoms
  15. Lowers dental plaque
  16. Helps in overcoming stress and depression
  17. Provides youthful and glowing skin
  18. Controls aging problems
  19. Relieves from stomach disorders
  20. Restricts premature birth
  21. Curbs the risk of having low newborn weight
  22. Overcomes depression symptoms in women during post-menopausal period
  23. Strengthens bones and boosts muscle power
  24. Reduces carotid artery stenosis
  25. Satiates hunger

Not only the seeds of the fruit or arils are good for health, but also the rind or the cover of pomegranate is very useful. The powder obtained from the rind helps in curing throat infection, cough and tonsils. The decoction prepared from the rind and water on boiling is useful in various ailments. Boiling the rind of pomegranate in half-cup milk will help in curing cold and cough – a very useful remedy for babies. The juice prepared from the arils is highly nutritious and imparts potential benefits on health. The health benefits of pomegranate are countless and thus it is known as “symbol of health”. Although the fruit is expensive, the health benefits of it are worth the price. Start reaping the benefits of the fruit by start having it from now.

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