News By/Courtesy: ANSHIKA JAIN | 07 Sep 2020 8:57am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • What is a pomegranate?
  • Why is pomegranate called as the ‘divine fruit’?
  • What are the health benefits of eating pomegranates?

The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing shrub in the family of Lythraceae, and it grows between 5 m and 10 m (16 and 33 ft) tall. Since ancient times, pomegranate has been cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region. The fruit is typically in season in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May and in the Northern Hemisphere from September to February.

Pomegranate is the most mentioned fruit in the theological books and is thereby called the ‘divine fruit’. Pomegranates are known as the healthiest fruits for numerous reasons. Pomegranate has anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and anti-tumour properties and is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and folic acid.

Some of the health benefits of eating pomegranates are mentioned below:

Protection from free radicals

Free radicals are formed due to harmful toxins in the environment and also due to exposure to the sun. Anti-oxidants present in pomegranates protect our body from free radicals which are responsible for pre-mature ageing.

Helps in thinning of blood

Anti-oxidants present in pomegranates help in the thinning of blood and thereby prevent blood clotting and coagulating.

Prevention of atherosclerosis

Anti-oxidants in pomegranates prevent the oxidizing of bad cholesterol, and removes excess fat, and also prevent the hardening of artery walls.

Prevention of arthritis

Pomegranates can reduce inflammation and can also fight the enzyme that causes damage to the cartilage.

Fights prostate cancer and heart disease

Pomegranate juice helps in thinning of blood and improving its condition and thereby prevents cardiovascular diseases. Numerous studies suggest that pomegranate juice helps in fighting prostate cancer.

Acts like an oxygen mask

Pomegranates help in pumping the level of oxygen in our blood and thereby helps the blood to flow freely.

Loaded with beneficial nutrients

A cup of pomegranate seeds contains numerous nutrients like protein, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fibre, and potassium.

Improvement of memory

Numerous studies suggest that the consumption of pomegranate helps in the improvement of verbal memory as well as visual memory.

Aids indigestion

Pomegranates are rich in fibre which in turn aids in digestion

Lowers blood pressure

One of the main constituents of pomegranate is punicic acid which helps in lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, and also in reduction of blood pressure.

Immunity booster

Pomegranates are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and Vitamin C, which helps in the development of immunity and boosting of antibody production. By helping in maintaining a healthy immune system, pomegranates help in keeping common infections and illnesses at bay.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 08 Sep 2020 9:45am IST


Tags : #Pomegranate #HealthyBenefits #HealthyFruit #DivineFruit

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