October to February is a typical period when one can easily buy fresh Pomegranates in the market. The red colored fruit is rich in nutrients. It is used in cooking. But most of the people eat its gem-like seeds or its juice. Either way it provides iron which is good to increase haemoglobin levels. Pomegranate is rich in polyphenol which is used in many dietary supplements and preservatives.
Pomegranate juice which is a popular drink in Europe, United States of America, Indian Subcontinent can be sweet or sour in taste.But most of the fruits are moderate in taste. They are excellent source of dietary fiber which is entirely contained in edible seeds. A 100g of pomegranate seeds provide 12% of Daily Value of Vitamin C, 20 % DV of dietary fibers and 63% of Punicic acid. Pomegranate Syrups are found useful to treat Brain damage caused to babies during their birth. That is precisely one of the reason why it’s medicinal importance is very high since hundreds of years. There are few health benefits that we can have through pomegranate.
1. Most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruit
Pomegranate contains one of the most powerful antioxidant punicalagin, which reduces oxidative stress and provides protection against heart diseases and cognitive impairment.
2. Potent Anti-Cancer
Pomegranate is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It also has anti-angiogenic properties which are useful in prevention of tumors from acquiring blood supply. Estrogen is again a rare element which is present in pomegranate, which reduces the risk of breast cancer.
3. Lowers Cardiac risk factors
Drinking pomegranate juice daily avoids artery blockages near heart. The juice lowers the level of bad cholesterol. A study in Phytotherapy Research proved that eating seeds also helps in lowering blood pressure.
4. Good for Common Cold and Flu
The inedible peel of pomegranate contains as much as three times the total of polyphenols. Boiling pomegranate peel in water and then drinking the lukewarm water helps in cure of cold and sore throat.
5. Immune Strengthening
Pomegranates are capable of preventing the creation of enzymes that are responsible for destroying the connective tissues in human body. Eating pomegranate seeds daily reduces the possibility of stomach-ache, bacterial infection.
6. Mental strength
It gives benefits such as relief or protection from depression and osteoporosis. According to the research papers published by Franklin Institute, pomegranates help to maintain the oxygen supply to brain to keep it healthy.
Pomegranate seeds (100 grams) nutrition facts
- 83 calories
- 19 grams carbohydrates
- 1.7 grams protein
- 1.2 grams fat
- 13 grams sugar