Posted on November 13, 2017 by Louisa Feary
The pomegranate is a fruit that is rich in various vitamins and minerals. The edible seeds of the pomegranate contain:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
They are also very good antioxidants as they contain punicalagin, mainly found in the juice and skin. It has up to three times the antioxidant levels of green tea, which is regularly consumed for that very reason. Due to the high concentration of antioxidants, pomegranate juice is anti-inflammatory and can prevent oxidative stress.
There are currently studies into whether pomegranate juice can help to prevent prostate cancer. There have been encouraging results in preliminary studies so far as researchers have found it may stop the growth of prostate cancer cells.
The medical benefits don’t stop there. It is believed pomegranate also stalls the progress of Alzheimers disease and helps preserve memory function. Furthermore, the flavonols in the juice have been suggested to block the inflammation that contributes to osteoarthritis and cartilage damage.
There is also evidence that regular consumption of pomegranate has been shown to lower blood pressure levels, one of the leading precursors to heart attacks and strokes. This is not the only suggested benefit to heart disease. The fatty acid in pomegranate was shown to lower bad cholesterol levels too.
Pomegranate seeds can be sprinkled on salads, mixed into rice or couscous, as part of a fruit salad, or as a juice for an easy and convenient alternative.
Clearly pomegranates can be considered a part of the ‘super food’ category with so many health benefits. Although there is some need for further studies, there is no reason not to include them in your diet from now on!
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Josh Remedios, Gym and Spa Supervisor, Chelsea Creek