Benefits of Pomegranate
The fruit is grown in eastern Asia such as Afghanistan and Pakistan to northern India and the Himalayas. Although the history of pomegranate consumption dates back to ancient times, it has only been used extensively in Europe and America for the last two centuries. In this issue we will discuss the various pomegranate compounds and properties.
Pomegranate Compounds: Water makes up more than 75% of the weight of pomegranates. 100 grams of pomegranate containing 83 calorie of energy, 19 gram of carbohydrates, 7.1 grams of protein, 3 mg sodium, 236 mg potassium, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugar, 2.1 grams of total fat and 1.0 grams of Saturated fat. The amount of trans fat and cholesterol in pomegranates is zero. Pomegranates also contain B and C vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus and zinc.
Pomegranate benefits for health: Pomegranates are a good source of the water, carbohydrates, nutritional fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants and daily energy needed by the body. Here is a summary of some of the health benefits of pomegranate.
Anti-inflammatory, anti-infection and anti-cancer properties: Pomegranates are rich in antioxidant substances called polyphenols and anthocyanins. Fresh pomegranate juice contains more antioxidants than almost any other juice. The amount of antioxidants in fresh pomegranate juice is three times higher than red wine and green tea. Fresh pomegranates also contain large amounts of vitamin C. Antioxidants and Vitamin C neutralize the free radicals in the body, which are the main causes of cellular oxidation, cancer and aging. They also help kill cancer cells (which are naturally and inevitably produced every day in the body and must be eliminated). On the other hand, the presence of antioxidants and vitamin C in pomegranates can help reduce inflammatory reactions in the body and reduce the risk of infection.
Improve cardiovascular health and lowering blood pressure: High levels of vitamin C and antioxidants in pomegranates can inhibit the process of oxidation of fats (especially LDL cholesterol) in the arterial wall that initiates atherosclerosis, hypertension and the onset of heart – vascular disease. On the other hand, the ratio of potassium to sodium in pomegranates is very high, which causes sodium to be excreted by the kidneys and to lower blood pressure. Today, high potassium diets containing fruits and vegetables are an important part of proper cardiovascular health.
Reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract: Antioxidant substances in pomegranates can help reduce inflammatory reactions in the intestines and excrete waste from the digestive tract. This property can also help reduce symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Helping Diabetic Patients: Initial research has shown that drinking fresh pomegranate juice daily (5.1 ml / kg body weight) can improve sugar levels in diabetic patients. Fructose and sorbitol sugars in pomegranate juice, although sweeter than glucose, do not increase blood sugar and insulin discharge in diabetics.
Helps relieve inflammation in muscles and joints: The anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate can help reduce inflammation in the joints, reduce the problems and symptoms of arthritis (Osteoarthritis) and rheumatoid arthritis. People who exercise hard workouts usually have fatigue and muscle damage. Some early research has shown that daily consumption of pomegranate juice can repair these injuries. The anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranates appear to have the mentioned effects.
Prevent cancer progression: Ingredients in pomegranates can, in theory, neutralize and eliminate free radicals and prevent cancer progression. Many studies have used pomegranate extract pills to treat prostate, breast, and several other cancers, and some claim to be effective. However, more clinical research is needed to prove the efficacy of these therapies. However, for prostate cancer, daily consumption of pomegranate juice may reduce the risk for men to develop this cancer.
Tips about pomegranates: Try to eat the fruit as fresh as possible to get the maximum antioxidants and vitamin C contained in it. Most of the antioxidants and vitamin C in pomegranate juice are gone after a while, so pomegranate juice on the market does not have the listed benefits for human health, despite the much advertisement about it. People who have difficulty digesting grains and pomegranate seeds can consume fresh pomegranate juice. Pomegranates can be used in making fruit salads, desserts and various smoothies. Pomegranate paste is also one of the best natural flavors for foods.