Pomegranate - the Divine Fruit - Nutritional & Health Benefits
For the next 3 weeks, I will be posting some “festive” foods related to this time of the year. This week I will post the nutritional and health benefits of pomegranate, the next week of cocoa and dark chocolate, and the last week of turkey.
How is pomegranate related to this time of the year? As most of you know I am Greek, and it is common in Greece on the New Year’s Eve to throw a pomegranate on the floor and “crack” it to have a plentiful new year. Likewise, in many traditions, religions or even mythologies pomegranate symbolizes prosperity, fertility, beauty, abundance, good luck, and rebirth. For those reasons it is also known as “the divine fruit”.
Let’s see if pomegranate is indeed a divine fruit😊
- Pomegranate is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.
- Pomegranate is packed with punicalagins and punicic acid, two powerful antioxidants that are mainly responsible for all their health benefits.
- Several studies have shown that pomegranate protects the heart by improving the cholesterol profile, protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage, and lowering the blood pressure.
- Pomegranate has antibacterial and antiviral properties which can be used to fight common gum diseases and yeast infections.
- Pomegranate juice can improve endurance and aerobic performance in athletes.
- Preliminary evidence shows that pomegranate extract reduces inflammation, which is one of the leading drivers of many diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.
- And one beauty benefit 😉
can be a secret potion to a healthy, vibrant, and youthful skin.
There are some reports about pomegranate and its interaction with certain medications including those for high blood pressure and statins. If you are taking any prescribed medicine, please check with your doctor before consuming pomegranate in large quantities.
To sum up, pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and packed with powerful plant compounds – a divine fruit indeed.