The Health Benefits of Pomegranates (Seeds, Juice, etc)

The Health Benefits of Pomegranates (Seeds, Juice, etc)

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Let’s quickly talk about the health benefits of pomegranates. Pomegranate has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of diseases. It is part of many cultures including Greek, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian. The latin name is punica granatum.

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This seasonal fruit (sept-feb) is prepared for consumption in a variety of way: seeds, juice, cooking, blending, smoothies and even alcoholic beverages. Most folks who consume it either eat the seeds or consume it after it’s been made into a juice.

Health Benefits (more research required to definitively state)

  • Known rich source of anti-oxidants
  • Improve flow in arteries of the heart (coronary artery disease)
  • Reduce plaque buildup in arteries
  • May slow prostate cancer ,breast cancer,colon cancer, leukemia
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce platelet aggregation
  • May help with depression (stimulates serotonin production)
  • Osteoporosis (stimulates estrogen receptors)

Ongoing research

  • Prostate, breast, colon cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Aging
  • Memory
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Weight loss
  • Many more..

Nutritional Content

pomegranate nutrition facts

 

Vitamins, Minerals and Other Content

In summary, pomegranates are an extraordinarily nutritious so-called “super food”, a term I'm not a huge fan of. However, They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and polyphenols. They also appear to provide a variety of health benefits, especially regarding heart and vascular disease as well as cancer, although more research is needed to really identify exactly what those benefits are.

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