Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is one of the most popular fruits on the market today. Pomegranate has gained much recently popularity due to its exceptional health promoting properties. Classified as a super fruit, pomegranate has exploded on to the nutrition scene. Pomegranate is known to have high nutritional value with multiple health benefits.

Pomegranate is commonly called anardana. Pomegranate is consumed in its raw, juice or powdered form. The seeds of the pomegranate hold its nutritional content.

Pomegranate is a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate and dietary fiber. Specific to Vitamin C, one large pomegranate can provide up to 50% of your daily recommended intake. The pomegranate polyphenolic extracts are used to create dietary supplements.

Pomegranate has an abundance of antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidants protect cellular structures from free radical damage. Current scientific research is grounded in better understanding the benefits of pomegranate antioxidants and its potential effect on slowing prostate cancer progression. Studies are also evaluating the effects of pomegranate polyphenols and its effect on cardiovascular health promotion and platelet response.

Traditional Uses:

The root and rind of the pomegranate fruit has long been used to create traditional medicines to treat a variety of diseases. Pomegranate has been used in the treatment of cholesterol, cancers, inflammation, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

Pomegranate consumption has been used to strengthen the immune systems and to ward of colds and flu.

Pomegranate powder and juice is believed to have anti-aging properties. Pomegranate is believed to help reduce wrinkles.

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