Health Benefits of Pomegranates

What are pomegranates

Pomegranate is a fruit native to southern Asia, particularly Afghanistan. These fruits have a tough exteior that shields juicy sacs inside. Along with the juice, the sacs contain chewable seeds. This fruit has been recognised for its medicinal quotient since ancient times.

 

Nutritional value of pomegranates

Pomegranates are a rich source of several nutrients. A hundred grams of pomegranates provide,

– Energy : 83 Kilo calories                                                                      – Carbohydrates : 18.70 grams

– Protein : 1.67 grams                                                                             – Total Fat : 1.17 grams

– Cholesterol : 0 milligrams                                                                     – Dietary fiber : 4 grams

The vitamins derived from it are,

– Folates : 38 µg                                                                                     – Niacin : 0.293 milligrams

– Pantothenic acid : 0.135 milligrams                                           – Pyridoxine : 0.075 milligrams

– Riboflavin : 0.053 milligrams                                                    – Thiamin : 0.067 milligrams

– Vitamin A : 0 IU                                                                                              – Vitamin C : 10.2 milligrams

– Vitamin E : 0.60 milligrams                                                                  – Vitamin K : 16.4 µg

The electrolytes present are,

– Sodium : 3 milligrams                                                                          – Potassium : 236 milligrams

The minerals being,

– Calcium : 10 milligrams                                                                       – Copper : 0.158 milligrams

– Iron : 0.30 milligrams                                                                          – Magnesium : 12 milligrams

– Manganese : 0.119 milligrams                                                   – Phosphorus : 36 milligrams

– Selenium : 0.5 µg                                                                                            – Zinc : 0.35 milligrams

And the phyto-nutrients it provides are,

– Carotene-alpha : 0 µg                                                                           – Crypto-xanthin-beta : 0 µg

 

The major health benefits derived from pomegranates

With a plethora of nutrients, it’s no wonder that pomegranates are so healthy. Some benefits derived from them are,

The antioxidants therein reduce low density lipoprotein, or LDL, and raise high density lipoprotein, or HDL. It inhibits and decreases the formation of plaque in the arteries. It facilitates circulation and thereby contributes to cardiovascular health.

Pomegranates have iron, antioxidants and vitamin A & C that restrict oxidative stress due to free radicals. Thus, they are effective against several cancers, particularly those afflicting the prostate, breasts and lungs.

Pomegranates are a rich source of vitamin C and a single unit provides approximately 20% of the recommended daily allowance. Thereby, it augments the immune systems and compliments it.

Pomegranates have vitamin C that assists in formation of collagen that enables the elasticity of skin. Also, the oil extracted from its seeds shield against environmental pollution. It assists in re-generating skin and shedding dead cells.

This food provides vitamin C that strengthens the bones and might reduce the risks for developing osteoarthritis. With age, the bone density falls and regular consumption of pomegranates might halt the de-calcification.

 

Other health benefits derived from pomegranates

Pomegranate’s abilities to prevent and inhibit neuro de-generative disorders are under investigation. Its contribution to enable motor skills is also being evaluated.

The juice extracted from pomegranates, might lower high blood pressure and lessening of the systolic blood pressure might lower the risks for a stroke.

On account of antioxidants, pomegranates keeps renewing the tissue and cell, reducing the impact of damage due to oxidative stress arising from the free radicals.

Pomegranates, when consumed regularly, guard against obesity. The fibers therein compliment the intestinal tract and satiate hunger.

On account of being a form of astringent, pomegranate juice in moderation might control diarrhea. However, in excess it could result in constipation.

The ellagic acid, polyphenols and tannins in pomegranates might reduce the dental plaque restricting the causative bacteria.

 

Cosmetic benefits derived from pomegranates

Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants. They also have several anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agents. They have been observed to facilitate circulation and in combination with other properties, yield remarkable aesthetic results.

The skin remains supple due to collagen. Pomegranates have constituents that prevent the enzymes from destructing collagen. Pomegranates also aid fibroplasts compliment fiber and elastin thereby ensuring the elasticity of skin. They also facilitate the spread of keratinocytes that leads to rapid and efficient repair of skin trauma.

Pimples results from intestinal disorders or hormonal dis-balance. An abundance of vitamin C in pomegranates prevents the sebaceous glands from secreting excess sebum. They also, resolve digestive disorders and facilitate circulation. Combined, these minimize the risks for developing pimples.

Oil extracted from pomegranate seeds posses punicic acid. It contributes to the thickness & strength of hair apart from moisturizing and conditioning them. Along with facilitating the circulation in the scalp, this oil improves the texture of otherwise listless & lifeless hair.