Pomegranates have been used for their medicinal benefits throughout the Middle East and the Far East for thousands of years. Pomegranates are rich in ellagic acid, an antioxidant, and punicic acid, an Omega 5 polyunsaturated fatty acid that is beneficial for cell regeneration. The juice is a great source of vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium and more.
The fruit contains many nutrients, such as quercetin, which helps protect the body from diabetes, cancer and heart diseases. Many recent studies have shown that pomegranate juice is extremely helpful and effective with cardiovascular diseases. It prevents the thickening of the coronary arteries due to fat accumulation known as atherosclerosis. This fruit also reduces inflammation and regulates high blood pressure.
Health benefits of pomegranate:
- It lowers the visceral body fat – that’s the most dangerous type of fat.
- Rich in antioxidants.
- Reduces bad cholesterol levels.
- Reduces plaque deposits in the arteries and prevents blood clots.
- Pomegranate is rich in vitamin C which helps in the fight against infections.
- It can help defeat inflammations.
- It is a beneficial for your teeth as well.
- Pomegranate improves liver function.
- Pomegranate protects DNA.
- Regular consumption of pomegranate prevents breast cancer, lymphoma, prostate cancer, and diabetes.
Pomegranates should be plump and round, heavy for their size, with a rich, fresh color and should be free of cuts and blemishes. Larger pomegranates promise more juice. Pomegranate can be stored for a month in a cool, dry area or refrigerated up to two months. Fresh pomegranate juice should be refrigerated and used within two to three days. Raw pomegranate is always the best choice but you can consume it within salads and desserts.