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6 Reasons to Eat Pomegranate

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The tiny bright red sparkling seeds are powerhouse of nutrition. Great deal of research has been done on the health benefits and disease fighting capacity of pomegranate and they are indeed supported by evidence. A glass of fresh pomegranate juice does wonders to your health.

The immense benefits of pomegranate result from the following elements they are packed with:

  • Iron
  • Phosphorous
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Antioxidants (polyphenols, tannins, ellagic acid and anthocyanins)
  • Vitamins C, A, K, B6, and E

So why should you eat pomegranate? The fruit will definitely improve your health in plenty of ways. One simple reason behind having pomegranate juice is – to give your body all these essential minerals and vitamins for a better health.  However, there are many more reasons that would convince you to have it regularly.

1.Detoxifies your Body

 Free radicals are produced inside your body from consuming unhealthy foods. They affect your health in many different ways and therefore you need to detoxify your body periodically. And antioxidants fight and eliminate these free radicals. Pomegranate is a treasure house of antioxidants. Drink a glass of fresh juice to cleanse your system.

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2.For Healthy Teeth

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Are you observing plaque deposits in your teeth? Well, start having pomegranate then. The juice or the seeds are active against dental plaque. The antioxidants act on plaque causing microorganisms (streptococci and lactobacilli), thereby ensuring good oral health. You can go for a pomegranate rinse after meals.

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3.Boosts Testosterone

Pomegranate is popularly known as natural Viagra because of their similarity in functions. A research study published in International Journal of Impotence Research showed that “drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice every day can help treat erectile dysfunction.” Pomegranate is capable of boosting testosterone, which is important for good sexual performance.

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4.Improves Heart Health

The natural wonders of pomegranate in enhancing heart health are immense. It prevents plaque build up in arteries (anti-atherogenic effect), lowers LDL cholesterol and normalizes blood pressure. People with ischemic coronary heart disease (CHD) are advised to drink pomegranate juice daily because it improves blood flow to a large extent.

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5.Protection Against Wide Array of Diseases

The benefits of pomegranate are largely pronounced in accentuating healing and preventing a wide range of health disorders, which includes breast cancer, prostrate cancer and lung cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease and they are supported by research evidences. It delays formation of amyloid plaque- a triggering agent of Alzheimer’s disease and protects breakage and inflammation of cartilages, thereby preventing arthritis.

6.Blessing for Pregnant Women

Expectant mothers are often suggested to drink pomegranate juice during pregnancy as it protects the neonatal brain from injuries inflicted by low oxygen and reduced blood flow- a condition also known as hypoxic ischemic brain injury.

Apart from all these, you can have pomegranate juice daily to improve the texture of your skin. The anti-oxidants slow down aging of skin and the iron content suffices for any kind of iron deficiency in the body. Start having the seeds or a sip a glass of fresh juice sans sugar.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 04, 2015