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10 great health benefits of Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

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Beautiful in appearance and thrilling to taste, pomegranates are exotic fruits low in calories and fats, but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The benefits of their consumption include more antioxidants, heart health, improved urine balance, endurance in physical activity, and many more.

The health benefits of nara

The exotic pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a deciduous shrub of the Lythraceae family, the Panicoideae subfamily, which grows between 5 and 10 meters in height. Juicy fruits are consumed fresh, and juice is a source of grenadine syrup used in flavorings and liqueurs. Pomegranate is high in dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin K. 

Small pink seeds in the pomegranate, called arils, are also an edible part of the fruit. Although removing them from the inside of the fruit can be labor-intensive, their nutritional profile and taste are worth the effort.

High in antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances that help protect cells from environmental toxins, such as pollution and cigarette smoke. Antioxidants are known to help prevent and repair DNA damage, which can lead to the development of cancer

Pomegranate juice alone will not protect you from cancer, but observing a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, is an important part of the prevention of such diseases.

Pomegranate for prostate health

Some studies have found that components in pomegranate juice help inhibit the movement of cancer cells by weakening their attraction to a chemical signal that promotes the spread of cancer.  [ref. 1] 

Other studies have shown that pomegranate bark extract has anticancer properties and that pomegranate bark can be used for additional healing purposes.  [ref. 2]   [ref. 3] 

Pomegranate for heart health

Pomegranates have been used for thousands of years as Ayurvedic medicinal food due to its antioxidant properties. Oxidative stress is associated with many chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease

Some studies have found that pomegranate can improve oxidative stress factors and therefore positively affect these conditions due to its rich antioxidant content.  [Ref. 4] 

In a comprehensive 2022 scientific review of 10 of the most common fruits and their impact on cardiovascular disease, the researchers note that pomegranates and pomegranate juice can have significant benefits in improving a range of heart problems, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis.  [Ref. 5] 

Maintains urine balance

In vitro studies and studies in humans have found that pomegranate extract can help reduce the formation of kidney stones. This benefit is again largely due to the antioxidant activity of the fetus. 

In one study of adults (18-70 years) with recurrent kidney stones were given 1000 mg pomegranate extract for 90 days. It has been found that this helps to inhibit the mechanism by which the stones in the body are formed.  [Ref. 6] 

Pomegranate is beneficial to the brain

Pomegranates contain compounds called elagithanins, which act as antioxidants and reduce inflammation in the body. As such, they also offer protective benefits for your brain against conditions that are affected by inflammation and oxidative stress.

Some studies have found that elagithans can help protect the brain from developing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease by reducing oxidative damage and increasing brain cell survival.  [Ref. 7] 

Pomegranate juice or seeds - how to peel pomegranate?

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Pomegranate seeds and juice directly from the fruit are always better options than bottled juice, but both have their advantages. If you want to consume less sugar instead of drinking bottled pomegranate juice, open the pomegranate and eat the fruit from the inside. There are subtleties in the proper cutting of the fruits that we will share with you. Here's an easy way to peel pomegranate:

  • Hold the pomegranate so that the protruding end of the stem points to one side. Cut off a wide cut from the crown with the stem in the middle. Then turn the fruit so that the cut edge is on top.
  • You will see a set of subdivisions coming down from the top; the second set starts from the end of the stem. The two sets are separated by a ridge passing around the pomegranate about two-thirds of the way down from the top.
  • Cut the skin of the pomegranate along the edges that go from top to bottom and along the horizontal edge. Try to pierce the skin as deep as the white zipper, and avoid cutting the seeds.
  • Then, carefully pull the pomegranate. It's going to fall into the shape of a star. Spoon out the juicy seeds to eat and discard the white membrane, which tastes bitter.

If it has not become quite clear, we offer you a clip with instructions: The Best way to cut and open a Pomegranate

  1. The health benefits of nara
    • High in antioxidants
    • Pomegranate for prostate health
    • Pomegranate for heart health
    • Maintains urine balance
    • Pomegranate is beneficial to the brain

  2. Pomegranate juice or seeds - how to peel pomegranate?

Summary

It seems that pomegranates are healthy fruits and have a place in the cardioprotective diet, as well as in any other healthy diet. You can add them to your salads, to oatmeal, quinoa, or yogurt. Pomegranates can also be prepared with chicken and turkey meat. It all depends on your preferences and imagination in the kitchen. Besides, you already know how to peel pomegranates easily and quickly!

References

  1. An Insight into Anticancer Bioactives from Punica granatum (Pomegranate)
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  4. Promising Nutritional Fruits against Cardiovascular Diseases | VHRM
  5. Oxidative stress and nephrolithiasis: a comparative pilot study evaluating the effect of pomegranate extract on stone risk factors and elevated oxidative stress levels of recurrent stone formers and controls - Urolithiasis
  6. Neuroprotective Effects of Pomegranate Juice against Parkinson’s Disease and Presence of Ellagitannins-Derived Metabolite—Urolithin A—In the Brain

The author

Bettina Tsvetkova is a Bachelor of Marketing and Master of Entrepreneurship, a fan of healthy eating, power sports and cycling. Author of over 1500 scientifically based articles, product texts and promotional materials on a healthy topic for Bulgarian and foreign websites. 

 

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