Pomegranates are popularly known for their healthy effects rather than taste. The deep red coloured pearly seed appearance makes them look attractive, and this red colour is due to the presence of Anthocyanins (antioxidants). Along with Anthocyanins, pomegranates are also loaded with many other antioxidants like Punicalagins, flavonols, Anthocyanidins, ellagitannins, ellagic acid etc..
Due to such a load of antioxidants, Pomegranate acts as a superhero in preventing bacterial infections, protects against inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. It also reduces the inflammation of Heart vessels thus preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol and even reduces the inflammatory markers such as CRP, IL -6.
Pomegranate seeds helps in inhibiting the production of cancer cells and thus protects us from cancer.
Vitamin C is also abundant in pomegranate seeds which helps in improving the immunity levels of our body. Vitamin C protects the skin and hair by acting as a precursor for collagen synthesis. So, a cup these beautiful seeds will make you more beautiful and attractive ?
Pomegranate seeds are added as a dessert topping nowadays, as they help in improving the digestive capacity and also helps in retaining all the nutrients eaten by us. Those who are allergic to curd, need not worry of their natural supply of probiotics, rather include pomegranate seeds or juice in your daily diet, as they act as a probiotics (beneficial bacteria) for your tummy, thus fights with the bad bacteria.
The good amount of fibre in pomegranate helps in reducing the amount of cholesterol deposition and also good for people struggling to lose weight, as the fibre in it helps in improving the fullness of tummy, thus preventing you from unhealthy cravings. The fibre in it helps in keeping your bowel movements smooth and regular !!
Pomegranate is also known for its good amount of potassium levels and is recommended for chronic kidney patients and also to those who are undergoing dialysis and thus reduces their morbidity. Potassium in pomegranate juice also makes it summer friendly and thus acts as a remedy for sunstroke ?
Plenty of minerals and Vitamins are stuffed naturally in these tiny, shiny and ruby coloured seeds. Ex; Vitamins A, C, E , Folic acid(B9), Niacin(B7), Riboflavin(B2) and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, Iron etc.
The Iron and folate in pomegranate helps in improving the blood cells and helps in treating anaemia and is a good remedy for pregnant women to maintain their Hb levels. Noting this, I feel the Indian government or even the WHO, should recommend this fruit to all the pregnant women especially in the rural areas, as anaemia is one of the major causes of prenatal and postnatal deaths in India.
Good for Diabetics too, even though it contains fructose, compared to other fruits, the fibre in it helps in reducing the glycemic index. Pomegranate also acts as a natural Aphrodisiac as it increases the Testosterone levels.
Another interesting fact, is that, pomegranate juice was used as a medicinal tonic in ancient days for certain disorders like mouth ulcers, microbial infections, diarrhoea, respiratory complications, urinary infections, haemorrhage etc..
So, Enjoy this hot summer days with a glass of chilled pomegranate juice prepared naturally without any added sugar or preservatives or even a small bowl of pomegranate seeds will act as a perfect evening or mid-morning snack, or even can use these edible seeds as topping on your desserts.