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Pomegranate - A healthy fruit

Updated on March 1, 2014
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Pomegranates and its benefits

Pomegranate is a super healthy fruit.
This is a round shape ball around 3.5 inches in diameter.
Thick skin is the outer covering.
Inside it is filled with juicy seeds.
A small pomegranate contains around 200 seeds
A big one contains 1400.
These hexagonal shaped seeds are red in color like ruby stones.
They are covered with soft pulp which is called arils
As far as taste is concerned it is sweet with a little tinge of sour.
Mouthwatering and delicious are the right words to explain the happiness one gets on eating pomegranate.
Apart from enjoying eating this fruit, it has a great nutrition value
Great for your skin it prevents many diseases.
Pomegranate is a great addition in your diet.
Enjoy it like a snack or drink its juice.
Other options are using it in salads, curds, ice creams.
The benefits and uses are endless.

Nutrition Benefits

Pomegranate provide a good amount of nutrients required for healthy functioning of body.
Nutrients in 100 grams pomegranate seed(Arils)
---- Gives 83kcal energy
---- You get 17% of vitamin C required daily by our body that is 10.2mg.
---- It provides 16.4mcg of Vitamin K that is 21 % daily body requirement
---- 138.0mcg of folates you get from eating this fruit. It is part of vitamin B complex. Other Bcomplex vitamins like thiamin, Niacin, riboflavin, B6 etc are also present.
---- Contains just 1gram fat
---- Your body gets Omega-6 fatty acids - an essential fatty acid. Quantity - 79mg
---- Total sugar is 13.7 grams
---- On protein front 1.7 grams
---- There is 0 cholesterol
---- Wonderful source of dietary fiber- 4g
---- Antioxidants polyphenols- The groups are flavonoids and ellagitannins found in this fruit. Ellagitannins is present in good levels. This play a major role in disease prevention
---- On mineral front you get calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, copper , manganese, sodium etc
To sum up this super fruit is a package of great nutrition.

Pomegranate- Healthy Heart Food

Pomegranate makes your heart healthy by preventing many heart diseases. This happens due to the benefits it gives:

1) Lowers Bad LDL cholesterol
Bad LDL cholesterol is a culprit in many heart diseases as it causes blood vessel blockages . Antioxidants present in pomegranate especially polyphenols lower the bad cholesterol levels.

2)Prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol
Antioxidant rich pomegranate prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol . It is due to polyphenols. Hence it reduces atherosclerosis disease risks.

3)Lowers high blood pressure
High BP is responsible for artery damage which causes heart problems. It is very important to have a normal BP levels. Pomegranate blocks an enzyme responsible for narrowing blood vessels. When blood vessels are not narrowed, the blood pressure is maintained at normal levels. Thus leading to lower systolic blood pressure reading. Regular consumption of this fruit ensures upto 20% less systolic BP reading.

4)Anti-inflammatory benefits
Inflammation is responsible for heart diseases. Flavones and Punic acid in pomegranate provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Resulting in fit heart.

How to eat Pomegranate

Pomegranate is a Great Brain Tonic

Pomegranate acts like a tonic to brain. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants it is beneficial in following ways:


1)Preserves as well as boosts Memory
Drinking a glass of pomegranate daily will prevent memory loss and boosting it. The antioxidants prevent the oxidation in cells by free radicals. Thus brain cells are protected from oxidation damage.

2)Prevents the onset of Alzheimer's disease
Polyphenol antioxidants in pomegranate prevent the plague formation in the brain responsible for Alzheimer's disease. Together with boosting memory it stops the start of this disease.

3)Strong brain development in infants
Pregnant women drinking pomegranate juice helps in developing strong resilient brains of their babies.

Skin Benefits from Pomegranate

To have beautiful glowing youthful skin pomegranate is a must have food to be included in your diet.

1)Prevents aging of skin
Pomegranate gives anti-aging benefits
This is due to antioxidants in pomengranade which prevents the oxidation of cells by free radicals
# Formation of wrinkles and lines on skins is prevented
# Prevents blemishes and inflammation of skin caused by sun

2)Skin cancer is prevented
Anti-oxidant and anti-tumor properties of pomegranate prevents skin cancer

Apply pomegranate juice on skin to reap these following benefits from 3 - 8
3)Cures Acne


4)Prevents the onset of pimples in oily skin


5)Controls excess oiliness in oily skin


6)Keeps dry skin hydrated and moisturized


7)Cures damaged skin due to sunburn


8)Leads to soft, supple and glowing skin

How To Make Pomegranate Juice

Disclaimer

This article is meant for information purpose only. The information provided here is not a substitute of professional medical advice. Please seek the advice of doctors or physician before using the information in this article for any health program.

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