It turns out that if you regularly eat pomegranates, your heart will work like a clock, and old age will not knock on the door for a long time.
Every year on October 26, a pomegranate holiday is celebrated in Azerbaijan. Its collection ends, and the country celebrates this event on a grand scale. Exhibitions and fairs are held, people show off their harvest and taste various pomegranate goodies: wine, juice, jam, etc.
The pomegranate is the fruit of the pomegranate tree with a round shape and deep red color. Translated from Latin, the word granatus means “seed.” The fruit consists of many grains, separated from each other by a thin membrane. There are up to 700 of them in one grenade.
There are more than a dozen varieties of pomegranate in nature. The fruits differ in taste and color. But they are all full of vitamins and minerals. In this article, you will learn 5 health benefits of pomegranate.
Pomegranate provides the body with nutrients
Pomegranate contains about 15 amino acids, five of which are irreplaceable. Also, pomegranate is rich in vitamins K, C, B9, and B6, and minerals (potassium, copper, phosphorus). Moreover, pomegranate is a low-calorie fruit. There are only 72 kilocalories in 100 grams.
The following picture will introduce you to how many percent of the daily value of various nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are contained in 100 grams of pomegranate.
Pomegranate boosts heart health
Pomegranate contains Punicalagin. This substance neutralizes free radicals and increases antioxidant status. Once in the body, it has a beneficial effect on the heart.
According to doctors, punicalagin, and other antioxidants in pomegranate strengthen blood vessels’ walls and lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL). This prevents the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. In one of the studies, patients with stenosis of the carotid artery were asked to drink 30 milliliters of pomegranate juice per day for three years. As a result, it was found that the risk of atherosclerotic plaque formation in the experiment participants decreased by 30%.
Pomegranate prevents the development of arthrosis
Arthrosis is the most common joint disease. According to statistics, more than 10% of the world’s population suffers from it. Arthrosis is characterized by inflammation and soreness of movement.
Pomegranate is rich in vitamin K, which plays a significant role in the metabolism of bones and connective tissues. In particular, it is involved in the absorption of calcium. And scientific research by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine showed that pomegranate slows down cartilaginous tissue deformation, leading to osteoarthritis. Pomegranate juice is rich in phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and reduce swelling in cartilage tissue.
Pomegranate cares for teeth
Pomegranate juice helps remove plaque. Also, it has antimicrobial and antiviral properties and cleans the oral cavity of bacteria. This reduces the risk of gum disease.
Pomegranate protects against cancer
Pomegranate juice contains substances that interfere with estrogen synthesis and block the growth of malignant neoplasms – ellagitannins. According to a study published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal, regular consumption of pomegranate reduces the risk of breast cancer by several times.
Scientists are also studying the effects of pomegranate extract on prostate cancer. Due to the high content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, pomegranate juice slows down cancer cells’ growth. Also, there is reason to believe that it slows down pulmonary oncology development, making it possible to fight the disease more effectively.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker