7 Amazing Benefits of Pomegranates

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The health benefits of pomegranates are innumerable and what makes them special is that apart from being healthy, they are delicious too. Pomegranates have anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-tumor properties and are said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, C, and E, as well as folic acid. This amazing fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea.

Wondering what pomegranates are good for? They are so useful in maintaining effective and healthy blood circulation that several doctors suggest eating pomegranates to regain strength after a long illness. Pomegranates have been traditionally used for clearing up the skin and reducing inflammation, as well as for the treatment of sore throats. Other health benefits include being a great cure for heart-related problems, stomach disorders, cancer, dental problems, osteoarthritisanemia, and diabetes.

The amazing health benefits of pomegranates can be enjoyed by consuming them in several ways. You can take them in the form of a juice or you can consume the seeds, syrup, paste, nectar or concentrate. Pomegranate syrups are used for treating damaged cartilage and they also protect babies from brain damage incurred during birth.

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

Pomegranates help our body in many ways from curing stomach problems to improving erectile dysfunctions and many more. Let us explore the benefits in detail.

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. Pomegranate juice is also used for reducing problems like dysentery and cholera.

Reduce Heart Problems

According to a 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. A regular intake of pomegranate juice can maintain a good flow of blood in the body. Because of this property, it subsequently decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The antioxidant components in this fruit help keep bad cholesterol from accumulating and thus, keep the arteries clear of any clots. These clots are clear because pomegranates have the ability to make blood thinner.

Prevent Cancer

Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are known to be effective in counteracting various cancer-causing free radicals. People that face a high risk of prostate and breast cancer should start drinking pomegranate juice, as it will help them reduce the risk of developing cancer. Regular consumption of pomegranates can reduce the PSA levels in the body and aid in the fight against existing cancer cells as well, says the American Cancer Society through a research.

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Dental Care

Pomegranates, with their antibacterial and antiviral properties, help reduce the effects 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. Pomegranates help reduce many illnesses, including atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis. The damage caused due to thickening and hardening of the arterial walls and in the cartilage and joints can be cured by eating these fruits. 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 diabetic patients, drinking pomegranate juice can reduce the risk of various coronary diseases. Along with this, there is a reduction in the hardening of the arteries, which inhibits the development of various heart diseases.

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 aging problems like wrinkles as well, thus providing people with a youthful and glowing skin.

Other than this, these juicy fruits can help women overcome depression symptoms during menstruation, especially post-menopausal depression.

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

About the Author

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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