Also known as the "Fountain of youth", "Granada" or the "Chinese apple", pomegranate is best cultivated in the hot climate and once grown, its trees can live for many years. The pomegranate fruit is spherical in shape with numerous small seeds inside that look like ruby-colored pearls. The fruit is best consumed in its original form or as juice. Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants and can be used to treat various health problems such as diarrhea, piles, constipation, intestinal worms, anemia, cough, etc.
The Goodness of Pomegranate
✔ The most important benefit of this juice is its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants control the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. Pomegranate juice contains very high amount of polyphenols like hydrolyzable tannins, which can also eliminate free radicals from the body.
✔ It can be used as a blood thinner (increases blood supply to the heart). It also reduces plaque build-up in the arteries (intima-media thickness or IMT) and minimizes the risk of atherosclerosis. It lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). Thus, it reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular problems and improves heart health.
✔ Due to its antioxidant nature, it is helpful in fighting certain types of cancer such as breast cancer and skin cancer. It is also effective in slowing the growth of prostate cancer.
✔ Pomegranate juice acts as an enzyme inhibitor and prevents cartilage damage. It controls degeneration of cartilage and can be used to treat osteoarthritis.
✔ You can use this juice to improve the digestive health, by enhancing secretion of the enzymes. Its anti-bacterial properties makes it one of the best home remedies for nausea, hemorrhoids, dysentery, diarrhea and intestinal parasites. It can also be used to treat piles. Pomegranate acts as a laxative and can be used to relieve constipation.
✔ If your child has lost appetite and doesn't eat well, add a glass of pomegranate juice to his day as it is known to be an appetite-stimulant.
✔ It is an effective home remedy for anemia. Due to its high iron content, it helps increase the hemoglobin levels in the blood.
✔ Because of its high content of vitamin C, it acts as an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. It can be used to treat cough, sore throat as well as wheezing due to asthma.
✔ It helps improve blood circulation in the body which also contributes to a more youthful appearance in later years. This is useful in case you are looking for a natural way to prevent blood clots.
✔ If you have a high systolic blood pressure, this juice is strongly recommended to be included in your routine diet.
Nutrients in Pomegranate
» Pomegranate contains more flavonoids and polyphenols than grapes.
» It is also a rich source of vitamins like vitamin A, C, E and vitamin B (thiamin, riboflavin and niacin) as well as calcium, iron and phosphorus.
» It also consists of phytochemicals like beta-carotene.
» The combination of vitamins and minerals makes this juice an effective synergy to prevent and treat a number of health problems.
Pomegranate is truly a super food that strengthens the immune system. Daily consumption of a glassful is a great way to achieve health and wellness. Please note that, due to its anti-coagulant properties and other enzymes found in it, pomegranate juice may not sit well with certain medications. Do consult your doctor for advice if you are already on medication. It is also advised that you do not overdo the consumption of the juice as it may have serious (laxative) side-effects.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a nutritionist.