Did you know that Pomegranates are amongst the healthiest fruits on earth? Containing numerous beneficial compounds, Pomegranate is often consider one of the “super-fruits.” Over the years, the health benefits of Pomegranates have been proven time and time again through independent studies, and have also shown to reduce the risk of and fight disease in some cases.
Here are some of the surprising health benefits of the humble Pomegranate:
Pomegranates Contain Unique Plant Compounds
Punicalagins are unique substances found in pomegranates that provide most of their health benefits. These are powerful antioxidants that are to be found in the peel and also the juice of pomegranates.
Pomegranate Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties, And May Help With Arthritis
Chronic inflammation is an issue that many people struggle with, and can be a contributing factor to other more serious health issues including weight gain and obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
As noted above, it is the Punicalagins in Pomegranates that offer their potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation in the joints can make day to day living more difficult, and the pain caused by Arthritis is becoming an increasingly common problem – and regular consumption of Pomegranate seeds has shown to provide positive improvement arthiritic pain.
Pomegranate May Help Fight Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. Studies have shown that Pomegranate extract can slow down cancer cell reproduction, and even encourage cell death in cancer cells.
Pomegranate Juice May Help With High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks and strokes. Studies have found some interesting blood pressure benefits from regular Pomegranate consumption, specifically in relation to reducing systolic blood pressure (the higher of the two numbers in a blood pressure reading).
Pomegranate Juice May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
The most common cause of premature death is still hearth disease, and the humble Pomegranate can help here too. A study looked at the how Pomegranate benefitted people with high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, and improvement were noted in blood sugar management and also in reducing LDL cholesterol levels, as well as other improvements.
Pomegranate Juice May Help In The Bedroom
Some men need ‘help’ in the bedroom department – either because of injury, age, stress or other factors, and Pomegranate juice has been shown to be beneficial in increasing blood flow and erectile response.
Pomegranate Can Help Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections
The plant compounds in Pomegranate mentioned earlier can help fight harmful fungal and bacterial infections, including yeast infections.
Pomegranate May Help Improve Memory
Some studies have noted that Pomegranate juice can improve visual and verbal memory, specifically in those of advancing age, and there is ongoing research as to how Pomegranates may help prevent or reduce the speed of the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
So there you have it! Known by many as being a bit of a special fruit, who knew that the humble Pomegranate could benefit your health so much?!