Top 10 Reasons You Should Include Pomegranate in Your Diet

Pomegranate is one of the world's most popular fruits. This native fruit of Iran has been enjoyed for thousands of years and are a symbol of hope and abundance in many cultures. Pomegranate or anar is considered as the ‘fruits of paradise’ in ancient cultures. It has been found in Egyptian tombs, eaten by Babylonian soldiers prior to battle and incorporated into Persian wedding ceremonies to symbolize a joyous future.

Pomegranate fruit and juice offer a wealth of nutrients. The primary source of pomegranate's benefits come from its antioxidant content, particularly ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, which account for about half of the pomegranate's antioxidant ability. It's also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C.

Pomegranate is filled with juicy seed sacs called arils. Arils are the "jewels" of the pomegranate; they can be eaten whole for optimum nutrition. Inside each aril is a crunchy fiber-rich seed. Due to the large number of seeds contained in its fruit, pomegranate has long been a symbol of fertility. Many people enjoy pomegranates alone as a snack, but you can also sprinkle the arils over salads or cooked dishes.

Here are top 10 reasons you should include pomegranate in your diet:

Lower Blood Pressure
The juice of pomegranate seeds contains different types of antioxidants and bioactive polyphenols that have been reported to promote cardiovascular health, including healthy blood pressure levels. A study published in Phytotherapy Research found that pomegranate juice is a beneficial cardio protective supplement for hypertensive subjects and lowered blood pressure naturally after just two weeks of daily intake.

Help Digestion
To keep your digestive system healthy, you need to include fiber-rich sources in your diet. Eating a pomegranate every day is a good way to add fiber to your daily diet. One pomegranate can fulfill about 45% of your daily recommended intake of fiber.

Prevent Heart Disease
Punicic acid, the main fatty acid in pomegranate, may help protect against several steps in the heart disease process. Several human studies have shown that pomegranate can have benefits against heart disease. It improves the cholesterol profile and protects LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage.

May Help Fight Arthritis and Joint Pain 
Pomegranate extract may help reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation in arthritis sufferers. The antioxidants in pomegranates help to reduce inflammation that contributes to the destruction of cartilage in your joints, a key reason for the pain and stiffness felt by many osteoarthritis sufferers. Laboratory studies have also shown that pomegranate extract can block enzymes that are known to damage joints in people with osteoarthritis

Useful Against Breast Cancer
Pomegranate is one of the few foods that contain natural aromatase inhibitors. This means that they inhibit the production of estrogen, which can reduce breast cancer risk -- the most common type of cancer in women.

May Help Fight Prostate Cancer
There is preliminary evidence that pomegranate juice can be useful in men with prostate cancer -- the most common type of cancer in men, potentially inhibiting cancer growth and lowering the risk of death.

Plaque Protection
Pomegranate juice protects against dental plaque microorganisms. Research published in the Ancient Science of Life found drinking the juice reduces plaque-forming units by 32 percent. The juice’s antioxidants, called polyphenols, are a primary driver behind its believed antibacterial activity.

Improve Memory
Some evidence shows that pomegranate can improve memory in the elderly and post-surgery, and studies in mice suggest that it can protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Beauty Elixir
Polyphenolic compounds in pomegranates are powerful antioxidants that can delay the process of ageing. Therefore, eating pomegranate keeps your skin glowing and radiant for a long time.

Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Pomegranate extracts have been used since ancient times to treat several conditions, including parasitic and microbial infections, diarrhea, ulcers, aphthae, hemorrhage and respiratory complications. Research suggests pomegranates stimulate probiotic bacteria, thus enhancing their beneficial effects at fighting bacterial and fungal infections.

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