Pomegranate… the powerful the name, so is its nutritional value. For me pomegranate is the most powerful fruit I have ever known. It is also considered as ‘fruit of paradise’. It is richest source of a number of vitamins and minerals which are rarely found in anything else. It could be easily found in almost every corner of world.
The crispy and juicy nature of fruit makes it even more tempting and mouth-watering. This is the reason you may easily find this fruit garnished over a number of dishes including continental and Indian meals.
A 100gm of fruit contains
The longer the name of this fruit is… even longer is the list of its benefits on health. I have listed a few below:
- Regulates Cholesterol:
Pomegranates contain Paraoxonase—a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that prevents LDL (bad cholesterol) from accumulating in the arteries. Thus keeping the blood flow normal throughout and not allowing it to get shallow or blocked, hence helping in maintaining blood pressure and keeping heart diseases at bay. There are studies which show that people who drink pomegranate juice for two weeks have increased production of enzymes in body, which not only improves blood health, but also improves the quality of blood, making it very good for health of overall body.
- Helpful for Arthritis patients:
Studies have shown that pomegranate extract can block enzymes that are known to damage joints in people with osteoarthritis. Both pomegranate seed oil and pomegranate fruit extract have anti-inflammatory properties that helps to control the damage of the joints caused by osteoarthritis Hence providing a great relief to patients from the unbearable pain. Not just this, in Ayurveda, it has been mentioned that pomegranate juice helps regain the decreased grease in the knee, back and finger joints, which is the root cause of pain in 60% of the cases.
- Keeps a check on oral health:
Pomegranate also helps keep your teeth clean – thus this makes pomegranate a must for all those naughty kids who love to eat candies, chocolates but hate to brush properly. Actually pomegranate is rich in polyphenolic flavonoid which is a famous source of antibacterial properties. Pomegranate juice has been found to be more effective than any prescribed mouthwash for plaque, the bacteria that cause cavities and gingivitis. Thus, drinking pomegranate juice is surely a better option than using mouth washes available at pharmacy stores, as most of them contain alcohol.
- Helps lose Weight:
A single pomegranate contains nearly a quarter of the daily recommended amount of dietary fibre, which helps you feel full and maintain a healthy weight. In short, helps you lose weight. The lesser you’ll feel hungry, the lesser you’ll eat and the lesser you’ll eat; more the body fat will be burned. And the high amount of fibre also helps in maintaining water to salt balance inside our body and helps maintain a healthy bowel movement, which means less accumulation of toxins inside body.
- Natural Viagra :
Since ancient times, pomegranates have been considered as a symbol of fertility. A glass of pomegranate juice can boost testosterone levels in both men and women. As mentioned above, it helps maintain a good flow of blood throughout body(means including genital organs). For men, the more the blood flows into penis, the harder it would become and more are the chances of a good erection. Also pomegranate contains certain compounds that are similar to sex steroids, which improves sex stamina and desires as well.
6. Immunity Booster:
Pomegranates are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds which are highly beneficial for those suffering from disorders like arthritis. Also they are a rich source of vitamin C which boost anti body production and develops immunity in the body. You will be amazed to know that its anti-microbial properties make it an inhibitor of HIV transmission. Out of all the fruits pomegranate has the highest potential to inhabit the transmission of HIV. This statement in itself is self sufficient to explain that till what extent can pomegranate boost our immune system.
- Improve erectile dysfunction:
Erectile Dysfunction or ED is caused when blood circulation to the penis is low. There could be several reasons for it, blockage of arteries or may be uneven texture of blood. Pomegranate being the best blood purifier, maintains the texture of blood to normal and is also known to improve the circulation of blood, so that it reaches to the penis to its maximum requirement, thus it helps fighting men’s biggest enemy ED. Not just this, it also promotes sperm mortality which increases the chances of conception if you are planning to start your family.
- Healthy skin:
Pomegranates are also very useful for skin health and beauty. Compounds in the pomegranate helps in preventing age spots, fine lines and wrinkles that are often caused by sun damage. Pomegranates soften the skin and it also produces elastin and collagen that make the skin smoother, firm, flawless and youthful. Vitamins and minerals present in pomegranate also helps the skin repair tissue and wounds and improve circulation to the skin which in turn helps improve skin tone as well.
- Hair fall solution:
It is found that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice daily or merely eating the seeds of pomegranate fruit daily may reduce the problem of hair fall up to 100%. The high quantity of Vitamin C and other antioxidants provides required nourishment to hair and hence not only stops hair loss but also makes hair strong, thicker and healthier. So, next time, before going to a dermatologist and buying costly medicines, try having pomegranate juice for a few days and decide. Studies have even found that, it also helps in hair growth, which means double benefit for hair fall patients.
- Women Friend in Periods:
During periods a lot of blood is lost, which should be recovered timely, if not done so, this may lead to weakness and several diseases like anaemia and this is quite common among ladies. In such days of tension pomegranate acts as the best friend. Being a rich source of iron and vitamin K, it helps body refuel body with the replenishing blood cells by creating new blood cells.
Likewise, there are infinite benefits of pomegranate, it is also helpful for eye diseases, several viral like common cold, in several life taking diseases like in dengue pomegranate can help increase the lost blood platelets. The list is never ending. So to conclude we can say that “a pomegranate a day can keep all your problems at bay.”
Eat Natural…!! Stay Healthy…!!