Pomegranates are not only useful when you want to jazz up a green salad but the red seedy fruit is mostly revered for its medicinal properties.
Historically pomegranates were an important food source in the Middle East, famed for its benefits to both health and skin. The best part is that the juice is just as beneficial as the fruit itself, which isn’t the case for most fruits. Simply juicing the pomegranate will provide you with the same health benefits without the fuss of dealing with each individual seed.
Did you know that pomegranates contain three times more antioxidants than green tea? The fruit is also rich in folic acid, vitamins A, C and E as well as iron and other important nutrients and minerals.
Let’s look at the top 6 ways in which pomegranate can boost your health.
- Maintains a healthy heart
Pomegranates help decrease inflammation in the lining of blood vessels, thus lowering the risk of blocked arteries and heart disease. Bad cholesterol is also lowered with good cholesterol taking its place.
- Blood pressure
Pomegranate acts as a natural aspirin by keeping the blood thin and reducing high blood pressure.
- Boosted immune system
Due to the fruit’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties we can benefit greatly from a boosted immune system and the ability to better fight off viruses.
- Improved digestion
Pomegranate juice can improve digestion and regulate bowel movement due to its high concentration of dietary fiber. It is also said to soothe urinary tract infections and is recommended for those looking to lose weight.
Drinking pomegranate juice can slow down the aging process by reducing wrinkles and helping to regenerate the skin to look younger and healthier.
- Prevent hair loss
Pomegranate juice is also said to strengthen the hair follicles, therefore preventing hair loss and creating a healthy appearance.
There are precautions that need to be taken if you suffer from high blood pressure and are medicated for the condition, since drinking too much pomegranate juice will lead you to having dangerously low blood pressure. Additionally check you’re not allergic to the fruit and ask a doctor to make sure it doesn’t interact with any medications you’re on.
You need only drink one glass a day of freshly squeezed juice in order to benefit from the wonderful properties of this fruit.