At first glance, pomegranates (Punica granatum) seem to be more trouble that they are worth. Encased in a spiny skin and bitter white membrane, the edible seeds are difficult extract. But
these edible seeds are actually berries, very healthy berries, to be exact and well worth the time it takes to reach them.
Their benefits include: high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants, high fiber content and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that eating the fruit and/or drinking pomegranate juice offers a wide range of health benefits, including protection against certain cancers and Alzheimer’s.
A study from the University of California, Riverside found components of pomegranate juice may stop prostate cancer cells from moving, while also weakening the chemical signals that promote this kind of cancer to spread.
Israeli researchers found pomegranate juice may prevent and destroy breast cancer cells. There have been encouraging results in several cancer studies so far, and bigger studies are now being done.
The high concentration of powerful antioxidants in pomegranates are believed to delay the progress of Alzheimer disease and protect memory.
The high concentration of antioxidants found in this fruit make it a very potent fighter against arthritis. Eating it can help reduce inflammation throughout the body and prevent oxidative stress and damage. Flavonols in pomegranates may help block the inflammation that contributes to osteoarthritis and cartilage damage.
The juice is currently being studied for its potential effects on osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other types of arthritis and joint inflammation.
This unusual fruit reduces inflammation in the gut and improves digestion. It may be beneficial as part of a treatment plan for people with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Studies have shown that pomegranates improve blood flow and keep the arteries from becoming stiff and thick. The fruit may also slow the growth of plaque and buildup of cholesterol in the arteries.
Drinking pomegranate juice daily may also help lower blood pressure.
Reduce Blood Sugar
The edible seeds help decrease insulin resistance and lower blood sugar.
The high amount of fiber in the fruit helps to satiate hunger so you eat less and maintain a healthy weight, both of which are beneficial in the prevention and/or control of diabetes.
Promotes Dental Health
Pomegranates protect against dental plaque microorganisms adhering to teeth and causing tooth decay. The fruit’s antioxidants, called polyphenols, promote antibacterial activity and help prevent tooth decay.