by Surela Chakraborty | 20 JAN 2018
Pomegranates are believed to have originated in Iran and were brought to Egypt in 1600BC. It was considered a great fruit with medicinal properties and was included in traditional medicine. The red jeweled toned seeds not only make your dishes look attractive, the juice extracted from it has several health benefits. A glass of freshly made pomegrante juice is a great way to kickstart the day. You can have the whole fruit or the juice with the pulp so that your body gets the right dose of fiber. Recent medical researches point out with evidence as to why pomegranate juice should be added to the list of your favourite fresh juices.
Pomegranate juice is rich with more than 100 phytochemicals like polyphenol, tannins and anthocyanins. It has been used as medicine for more than thousand years. The red colour of the pomegranate seeds comes from polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Infact, pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. The antioxidants present in pomegranate juice helps to remove free radicals, protect cells from damage and reduce inflammation.
Zeenath Fatima, nutritionist at the Continental Hospitals emphasises, “Pomegranate juice has good amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants bind with the new cells and reduce the free radicals in the body which can cause problem to a person. People who are diabetic are prone to heart diseases like artherosclerosis, consuming pomegranate juice doesn't reduce the cholesterol levels but it definitely reduces the production of bad cholesterol or LDL. Also, the sugar attached to the antioxidants keep the heart healthy. Pomegranates also contain tannic acid which aid in fighting Type 2 Diabetes and also prevent it. Having 100-200ml of pomegranate juice daily alongwith the pulp or fiber is vital since not only prevent hardening of arteries but keep your heart healthy always.”
Here are some of the main benefits of having pomegranate juice :
Pomegranate juice is the best tonic for your heart as it improves blood flow, prevents the growth of plaque and cholesterol buildup in arteries thus stopping any chance of blockage and it also prevents artery walls from becoming thick and stiff.
Nutrients present in pomegranate juice helps to reduce lesions or inflammation in blood vessels of those suffering from cardiovascular disease. It acts as a natural aspirin and prevent blood from coagulating or forming clots. It also acts as a blood thinner to prevent the unrestricted flow of blood through the body.
Consuming pomegranate juice on a daily basis can actually lower the systolic blood pressure. The rich oxidants like polyphenols can cure artherosclerosis and other vascular inflammation thus it lowers the blood pressure levels. Studies are still being done to observe whether pomegranate juice produce far reaching results in reducing the overall blood pressure levels. However, care must be taken since pomegranate juice react adversely with cholesterol and blood pressure medicines. It is best to consult your doctor before consuming pomegranate in the form of juice, whole fruit or supplement.
The research regarding the anti-carcinogenic properties of pomegranate juice is still in the rudimentary stage.It helps to stop the growth of breast and prostrate cancer cells. Now bigger studies are being conducted and some of the researches are yielding encouraging results.
Juice extracted from a single pomegranate contains nearly 40% of Vitamin C that the body needs. However, care should be taken not to pasteurize the juice as it can break down and all the nutrients will be lost.
Due to the high levels of antioxidants in pomegranate it has anti-inflammatory properties. It will not only help to reduce inflammation but prevent oxidative stress and damage. The flavonols in pomegranate juice helps to prevent inflammation causes due to osteoarthritis and cartilage damage. Studies are now being conducted to find out the effectiveness of pomegranate juice in preventing osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other types of arthritis and joint inflammation. Drinking 5 ounces of pomegranate juice daily can reduce all inflammations in the body.
Pomegranate juice helps to speed up both verbal and visual memory. Thus drinking pomegranate juice can help your mind or brain grow and retain what you have learnt so painstakingly.The high levels of antioxidants in pomegranate juice prevents Alzheimer disease in the long run and helps to protect the memory. Recent study proves that drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily can help to improve learning and memory.
Pomegranate juice helps in proper digestion. It also helps to reduce inflammation in the gut. Those who suffer from Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel disease should consume pomegranate juice on a daily basis. Pomegranate juice plays an important role in the secretion of enzymes. Mix one teaspoon of honey with pomegranate juice to cure all indigestion problems.
Oxidative stress can cause sperm dysfunction in men and decrease the fertility levels in women. However, with the high concentration of antioxidants in pomegranate juice you can easily beat the oxidative stress in the placenta, thus reducing the chances of infertility in women. This super fruit can also increase the testosterone levels in both men and women, which is the main hormone behind sex drive. It also cures erectile dysfunction in men. No wonder, pomegranate is considered to be a symbol of fertility and prosperity in some countries or cultures.
Pomegranate juice also contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The immunity boosting properties and the high quantities of vitamin E helps the body to fight and prevent diseases and common illness.
Pomegranate juice also contains high quantities of folate, potassium and Vitamin K. Just make sure you juice it fresh and don't add any sugar to it.
Pomegranates are also rich in Vitamin A and E, fiber and iron. Thus you should include a generous amount of pomegranate in your daily fruit salad or have it as a juice daily.
Pomegranate is a good source of ellagic acis which is an antioxidant and punicic acid which is an omega 5 polyunsaturated fatty acid which is great for cell regeneration and production. It is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, folic acid, iron, potassium, niacin, thiamin, folates and riboflavin.
Since pomegranate juice is a rich source of iron it prevents anemia which is caused by the deficiency of red blood cells in the body. You can mix candied sugar with pomegranate juice and add it to your nostrils as a quick fix for nose bleeds. It is also a good remedy for red or sore eyes and falling eyelashes. Pomegranate juice is also known to dissolve kidney stones.
Pomegranate juice is great for pregnant women as it is a great source of vitamins, folic acid and potassium. It ensures a healthy blood flow and proper development of the foetus. It can also prevent leg cramps faced by pregnant mothers. It also lowers the risk of premature childbirth and low weight in new born babies.
Pomegranate juice contains fructose that doesn't increase the blood sugar levels. For those who are suffering from diabetes, drinking pomegranate juice can help to reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels. Drinking pomegranate juice also helps to reduce the chances of heart disease in type 2 diabetic patients who have high levels of fat and cholesterol.
Athletes and sports enthusiasts must have a glass of fresh pomegranate juice daily post exercise or training to reduce soreness and improve strength recovery. It also reduces the oxidative damage caused by exercise.
Pomegranate juice has both anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that help to fight both bacteria and virus and boost the immunity system in the long run. It reduces the microbes in the mouth that can cause cavities and staph infections. The anti-microbial properties prevent HIV transmission. It reduces inflammation around the dental gingival border, gingivitis and periodontitis. It has anti-bacterial properties too.
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