11 Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate

More and more people have started acknowledging the importance and Health benefits of Pomegranates. In this post you can find its nutritional value, how pomegranates help in stomach disorder, dental care, atherosclerosis, in reducing the symptoms of anemia, fighting against cancer cells, for a healthy skin, benefits of Pomegranate peel and so many.

Pomegranate has been used since ancient times to treat a wide variety of diseases. It is in Greek, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian mythology and writings. Around 1500 BC it was used in the treatment for tapeworm and other parasites.

The fruit can be eaten out of hand by deeply scoring several times vertically and then breaking it apart. The clusters of juice sacs are then lifted out and eaten. The sacs also make an attractive garnish when sprinkled on various dishes. Pomegranate fruits are most often consumed as juice and can be juiced in several ways. The sacs can be removed and put through a basket press or the juice can be extracted by reaming the halved fruits on an ordinary orange juice squeezer. Another approach starts with warming the fruit slightly and rolling it between the hands to soften the interior. A hole is then cut in the stem end which is placed on a glass to let the juice run out, squeezing the fruit from time to time to get all the juice.

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Pomegranate seed extract reduces the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly. It helps control aging issues like wrinkles and thus, aids youthful and glowing skin. Other than this, it allows a woman to overcome her depression, especially from the menopause period.

Astringent effect on skin and hemostatic effect in the treatment of nose bleeding and hemorrhoids. 

Pomegranate is used as a gargle for sore throat. It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, esophagus stomach and chest.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Best fruit for a healthy Heart
Pomegranate juice is a rich source of antioxidants that protect against Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Scientific research found that pomegranate juice had beneficial antioxidant effects on macrophages, implying that it could reduce the development of atherosclerosis in diabetic patients. Pomegranate juice has been shown to contain more antioxidants than most fruit juices, red wine or green tea.

Antibacterial Properties
Drinking pomegranate juice has been shown to have antimicrobial properties against harmful bacteria that can exist in the stomach, such as Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) or Bacillus subtilis, which can cause painful infections.

Important vitamins and Minerals
Pomegranate juice is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including 40 percent of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin C. Other essential vitamins and minerals include Vitamins A and E and folic acid. It enhances health and boosts immunity.

Pomegranate seeds – Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy                             346 kJ (83 kcal)
Carbohydrates                 18.7 g
Sugars                              13.67 g
Dietary fiber                    4 g
Fat                                    1.17 g
Protein                             1.67 g

Vitamins                          Quantity      %DV†

Thiamine (B1)                  0.067 mg    6%
Riboflavin (B2)                 0.053 mg    4%
Niacin (B3)                       0.293 mg    2%
Pantothenic acid (B5)      0.377 mg    8%
Vitamin B6                       0.075 mg    6%
Folate (B9)                       38 μg          10%
Choline                            7.6 mg        2%
Vitamin C                         10.2 mg      12%
Vitamin E                         0.6 mg        4%
Vitamin K                         16.4 μg       16%
Calcium                           10 mg         1%
Iron                                  0.3 mg        2%
Magnesium                     12 mg         3%
Manganese                      0.119 mg    6%
Phosphorus                      36 mg         5%
Potassium                        236 mg       5%
Sodium                             3 mg           0%
Zinc                                  0.35 mg      4%

For Healthy Skin
It helps in preventing the formation of skin cancer by reducing the frequency of lesions. It provides relief from minor skin irritations, such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Anemia
Healthy blood flow can be maintained in the body by consuming this fruit in any form. Pomegranate seed extract supplies iron to blood and thus, help to decrease the anemic symptoms including fatigue, wooziness and weakness and hair fall.

Protects against Arthritis
Pomegranate juice contains an enzyme inhibitor that prevents enzymes from damaging cartilage in the body. It helps to prevent the onset of or even symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.

Pomegranate as a whole
As per Indian Herbal System, all parts of pomegranate including roots, leaves, flowers, rind, seeds and bark are used medicinally. Pomegranate bark and root contains several alkaloids which fight against tapeworms. Pomegranate bark, leaves, unripe fruit, and fruit rind extracts are given to treat diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhages, whereas powdered flower buds act as a remedy for nose bleeding.

Cancer
Pomegranates consist of an advanced level of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are thought to be effective in counteracting various cancer radicals. The individuals that face a high risk of prostate and breast cancer should start drinking the juice of this fruit, as this will help them to reduce further risk of developing cancer. Regular consumption of pomegranates can reduce the PSA levels in the body and helps to fight the existing cancer cells in the body.

Dental Care
The best benefit of pomegranate is that its juice, along with its antibacterial and antiviral properties help to reduce the effects of dental plaque.

Stomach Disorder
Pomegranates peel, bark and leaves are used to calm the stomach disorder or diarrhea triggered due to any kind of digestive problems. Drinking tea made from the leaves of this fruit helps in curing digestive problems. Pomegranate juice is also used for handling problems of dysentery and cholera.

Prevention of atherosclerosis:
Pomegranates prevent the hardening of the artery walls with excess fat, leaving your arteries fat free and pumping with antioxidants.

What are the benefits of pomegranate peel?
Do not underestimate the pomegranate peel. The peels prevent the breakdown of collagen, and when applied topically, can promote cell growth. They are also helpful in fighting acne and pimple scars. Sun-dried pomegranate peels, when boiled in water, lead to a concoction with several benefits.
Because of its healing properties, pomegranate peels can effectively fight acne, pimples and rashes. The peels are rich in antioxidants and help in keeping bacteria and other infections away. One can take two spoonful’s of sun-dried and powdered peel and add little milk to it and apply it on the affected part. Let it dry for some time and wash with lukewarm water.

What is the most nutritious part of a pomegranate?
Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The majority of that fiber is found in the white seeds hiding beneath the pockets of juice. It contains 48 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake, important for a variety of health functions.

Recent Research
New therapies for preventing cancer may be on their way as scientists have identified components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells. The researchers found that the pomegranate juice treated tumor cells that had not died with the treatment showed increased cell adhesion and decreased cell migration. 

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Sarve Janah Sukhina Bhavantu

Sources : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate#Nutrition

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