Pomegranate benefits aren't available all year long
Pomegranate benefits include improved cardiovascular system function, reduced risk of inflammation, cancer and longer life-span.
Fruit is great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folic acid and vitamin A. Interestingly, despite being rich in sugar, it can actually help fight dental plaque. Its juice seems to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
However, one of the strangest benefits of pomegranate is its ability to lower blood pressure, by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme. However, its mode of action on ACE enzyme still remains unclear.
Pomegranate seeds are rich in fiber which can lower cholesterol, while antioxidants from fruit prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Because of these two, fruit can also be used to remove atherosclerosis plaque and inhibit abnormal platelet aggregation thereby reducing the risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack.
POMEGRANATE & INFLAMMATION
What seperates pomegranate from other fruits, is the fact it has more antioxidants then red wine, green tea, and even most berries which says a lot since berries are known for their high ORAC value.
This powerful fruit is also a source of rare and potent natural antioxidants known as punicalagins. Punicalagins are found in several other herbs. However, those herbs aren't part of our regular diet, nor they can be found in supermarkets.
Punicalagins and its metabolites, ellagic acid and urolithins, can have rejuvenating effect on the cellular function thereby reducing the risk of uncontrolled cell reproduction, while slowing down the aging process and boosting energy levels.
POMEGRANATE BENEFITS - CANCER
Uncontrolled cell reproduction leads to cancer. In theory, pomegranate juice may help normalize cell signaling messages as well as growth, reproduction and irregular cycle of inflamed cell.
By doing so, the fruit can prevent development of cancer and may even help stop the spread of cancerous cells.
According to some studies, it may boost our immune system which doesn't hurt either. Scientists presume that punicalagins and its metabolites are responsible for these benefits of pomegranate.
HOW TO OPEN POMEGRANATE
It can be somewhat difficult to open the fruit and get all the nutrient rich seeds and pomegranate benefits. However, there are few techniques which can make entire process much easier.
If you have the chance to get your hands on some pomegranate, make the most of it. They are seasonal fruit, so they are not available all year long.