7 Amazing Benefits of Pomegranates

by Kiran Patil last updated - Medically reviewed by Emily Borth

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The health benefits of pomegranates are innumerable apart from being healthy, they are delicious too. Pomegranates have anti-viral, and anti-tumor properties, and contain vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamin K, niacin, and folate as well as antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. This amazing fruit contains three times as many antioxidants as either wine or green tea.

Wondering what makes pomegranates good for health? According to research published in the Journal, Nutrition Reviews, pomegranates are rich in polyphenols, have high levels of antioxidants and have been shown to help lower blood pressure, decrease certain types of heart disease including atherosclerosis, and pack a powerful anti-inflammatory punch. Through its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, pomegranate has even been shown to protect premature infants against inflammation-associated brain damage in rats.

Enjoy the amazing health benefits of pomegranates by either consuming them raw or processed in several ways. You can consume the seeds, or process the fruit into a juice, syrup, paste, nectar or concentrate.

Full and cut pomegranate in a bowl with a wooden background

Nutrition Facts

Pomegranates, raw
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]77.93
Energy [kcal]83
Protein [g]1.67
Total lipid (fat) [g]1.17
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]18.7
Fiber, total dietary [g]4
Sugars, total [g]13.67
Calcium, Ca [mg]10
Iron, Fe [mg]0.3
Magnesium, Mg [mg]12
Phosphorus, P [mg]36
Potassium, K [mg]236
Sodium, Na [mg]3
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.35
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]10.2
Thiamin [mg]0.07
Riboflavin [mg]0.05
Niacin [mg]0.29
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.08
Folate, DFE [µg]38
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0.6
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]16.4
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.12
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0.09
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.08
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Health Benefits of Pomegranates

Traditionally, this fruit is used for clearing up acne through inhibition of bacterial growth and lipase activity, as well as for the treatment of sore throats. Other health benefits include aiding in the relief of stomach disorders, dental problems, anemia, and prevention of heart problems and cancer. For those with osteoarthritis, pomegranate fruit has also been shown to slow cartilage deterioration according to research published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Cure Stomach Disorders

Pomegranate peel, bark, and leaves are used to calm stomach disorders or diarrhea caused by any kind of digestive problems. Drinking tea made from the leaves of these fruits also helps in curing digestive problems. Through its antioxidant properties, this fruit can help prevent gastric ulceration according to research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Pomegranate juice is also used for reducing problems like dysentery and cholera.

Reduce Heart Problems

According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and they can prevent the oxidization of (bad) LDL cholesterol in the body. Regular intake of pomegranate juice can significantly reduce atherosclerotic lesions in mice, as well as decrease blood pressure. Because of these properties, pomegranate is likely cardioprotective and good to include as part of a healthy diet. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components in this fruit help keep bad cholesterol from accumulating and thus, help keep the arteries clear of any clots.

Prevent Cancer

Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are known to counteract various cancer-causing free radicals. Regular consumption of pomegranates can reduce the PSA levels in the body and aid in the fight against existing cancer cells as well, according to research conducted by says the American Cancer Society.

A study suggests anti-cancer properties of pomegranate may help prevent the spread of cancer and also induce apoptosis. Another study suggests that pomegranate seed oil is rich in compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential and may inhibit the viability of breast cancer cells.

Dental Care

Pomegranates, with their antibacterial and antiviral properties, help reduce the formation of dental plaque and protect against various oral diseases.

Prevent Osteoarthritis

A study by Dr. Syed Ahmed, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, Case Western University, Cleveland, USA, reveals that the anti-inflammatory effects of pomegranate may inhibit cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis. Pomegranate fruit extract has the ability “to slow the deterioration of human cartilage”. Also, pomegranates are capable of preventing the creation of enzymes that are responsible for the break down of connective tissues within the body.

Treat Anemia

Healthy blood flow can be maintained in the body by consuming these fruits. Pomegranates supply iron to the blood, thus helping reduce symptoms of anemia like exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, and hearing loss.

Control Diabetes

For patients with type 2 diabetes, drinking pomegranate juice can reduce the risk of various coronary diseases “by reducing oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation”. Along with this, there is a reduction in the hardening of the arteries, which inhibits the development of various heart diseases. Additionally, some research has shown that fasting blood glucose levels were reduced in patients receiving pomegranate peel extract

Health benefits of pomegranate - infographic

Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Research led by Kazem Azadzoi of Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Massachusetts, published in the Journal of Urology, states that pomegranate juice can be very helpful in curing erectile dysfunctions based on animal studies. Also, researchers from the University of California and Beverly Hills also found that pomegranate juice improved erectile dysfunctions in a sample test conducted on 61 men.

Other Benefits

There are other benefits of eating this fruit as well, like reducing the possibility of having premature babies and avoiding low birth weight in infants.

  • They also help ward off infections. According to a study cited in the National Institutes of Health, patients who were given pomegranate juice three times a week for a year had fewer hospitalizations for infections and fewer signs of inflammation, compared with patients who got the placebo.
  • study conducted by Dr. Susan Bookheimer et al., University of California, Los Angeles, suggest a role of pomegranate in enhancing memory function in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints. Pomegranates also reduce the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease among older generations.
  • They help control acne and aging problems like wrinkles as well, thus providing people with youthful and glowing skin.

The advantages and health benefits of pomegranates are countless, so get your hands on some of these juicy fruits and start reaping the benefits.

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Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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