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Secret Benefits Of The Red Fruit

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Secret Benefits Of The Red Fruit

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Persephone was the young and beautiful daughter of the Goddess of the Harvest. greek goddess persephone holding a pomegranate, beside hadesOne day, when she was strolling in the garden, she is abducted by Hades, the king of the Underworld, who takes her to his world to live with him.

Though initially scared, Persephone eventually falls in love with Hades, and he makes her the queen of the underworld.

Meanwhile her mother, on finding her daughter’s whereabouts insists Hades to return Persephone back to the Earth.

Saddened, Hades agrees to send her back, and as a parting gift,he offers Persephone one last thing to eat- a ripe pomegranate. Gazing into her husband’s eyes, she takes six seeds and eats them.

However, this was no ordinary pomegranate. It was possessed by magic. Those six seeds that Persephone ate, compelled her to visit Hades every six months.

According to Greek mythology, whenever she went to visit him, the earth’s season changed to winters, and her return would bring back the colors of spring.

health benefits of pomegranate

The above story tells us the magic of the red fruit, how it altered Persephone’s life with just six seeds.

However, this bright red fruit has real magical effects on your health too. Pomegranate is one of the best fruits that you can gift your body.

So, allow me to introduce you to the numerous health benefits that this fruit has to offer.

Keeps the heart happy

heartA healthy heart requires the arteries to pump blood efficiently.

However, excess fat storage in and around the artery walls can thicken your arteries which could restrict your blood flow.

Researchers say that pomegranate helps to maintain healthy blood flow in our body. It prevents thickening of the carotid arteries thereby reducing damage of the blood vessels and hence, decreases the possibility of atherosclerosis.[1]

Delays aging and prevents cancer growth

Our body’s chemical processes produce toxic byproducts known as free radicals which are harmful to our skin cells. They are highly reactive in nature and can cause severe damage to our skin, like premature aging and growth of cancer cells.

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According to the researchers of California University, pomegranate juice is super rich in anti-oxidants.

When researchers compared anti-oxidant content of pomegranate juice with other anti-oxidant rich juices and beverages like blueberry and green tea, 100% pomegranate juice tested much higher than those and other beverages like red wine, blue berry, orange juice and concord grape. [2]

The anti-oxidants in this fruit destroys these harmful radicals by stimulating WBC and prevents DNA oxidation.[3]. So, not only does pomegranate protects from our skin from aging prematurely, it also sustain the body’s process of cell regeneration.

Studies say the fruit’s extract has the ability to inhibit major types of cancer such as lung[4], prostrate[5] and breast cancer[6].

Boosts your immune system

The red fruit is filled with Vitamin A and C. It helps fight infections and battle against illness such as hay fever, asthma and common cold.

Also, its anti-microbial and antiviral properties make this juice a potential inhibitor of the HIV transmission.[7]

Keeps Alzheimer’s Disease at bay

Researchers say that an average size pomegranate or a glass of its juice daily enhances our brain functions. According to them, its regular intake reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.[8].

Those with the disease, should be given pomegranate juice to decrease its severity by curbing the production of free radicals.

Get rid of Digestive problems

woman drinking pomegranate juiceIts juice brings relief to your stomach as well. Pomegranate boosts the secretion of digestive enzymes which break down food.

The red juice is rich in fiber which supports easy flow of food throughout your body helping it in proper digestion.

A glass of unsweetened red juice along with a teaspoon of honey works well in you wish to get rid of  irritable bowel movement, bloating, constipation and morning sickness.

Drink it if you are expecting

More good news for soon to be mothers. Pomegranate is highly beneficial for your baby as it is a great source of folic acid (vitamin B9).pregnant woman

Thus, bucking up RBC production and saving you from anemia, it helps in healthy growth of the foetus.

A note of caution: Be careful if you are on any kind of medication. Do consult your doctor before adding this fruit to your regular diet as it might interfere with your medication.

However, as you can see, it has a lot to offer in terms of health which is why it is acknowledged as the super food with amazing healing powers. Having the ability to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins, it would be wise to add this fruit in your diet.

Another must read: 10 Little Known Benefits of Banana Diet

Reference
[1]Aviram M, Dornfeld L, Rosenblat M, Volkova N, Kaplan M, Coleman R, Hayek T, Presser D, & Fuhrman B (2000). Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation: studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 71 (5), 1062-76 PMID: 10799367. ^Back to Top^

[2]Seeram, N., Aviram, M., Zhang, Y., Henning, S., Feng, L., Dreher, M., & Heber, D. (2008). Comparison of Antioxidant Potency of Commonly Consumed Polyphenol-Rich Beverages in the United States Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 56 (4), 1415-1422 DOI: 10.1021/jf073035s. ^Back to Top^

[3]Kumar S, Maheshwari KK, & Singh V (2008). Protective effects of Punica granatum seeds extract against aging and scopolamine induced cognitive impairments in mice. African journal of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicines : AJTCAM / African Networks on Ethnomedicines, 6 (1), 49-56 PMID: 20162041. ^Back to Top^

[4]Khan, N., & Mukhtar, H. (2007). Pomegranate fruit as a lung cancer chemopreventive agent Drugs of the Future, 32 (6) DOI: 10.1358/dof.2007.032.06.1097137. ^Back to Top^

[5]Malik, A., Afaq, F., Sarfaraz, S., Adhami, V., Syed, D., & Mukhtar, H. (2005). Pomegranate fruit juice for chemoprevention and chemotherapy of prostate cancer Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102 (41), 14813-14818 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0505870102. ^Back to Top^. ^Back to Top^

[6]Adams, L., Zhang, Y., Seeram, N., Heber, D., & Chen, S. (2010). Pomegranate Ellagitannin-Derived Compounds Exhibit Antiproliferative and Antiaromatase Activity in Breast Cancer Cells In vitro Cancer Prevention Research, 3 (1), 108-113 DOI: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-08-0225. ^Back to Top^

[7]NEURATH, A. (2005). Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Provides an HIV-1 Entry Inhibitor and Candidate Topical Microbicide Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1056 (1), 311-327 DOI: 10.1196/annals.1352.015. ^Back to Top^

[8]Hartman, R., Shah, A., Fagan, A., Schwetye, K., Parsadanian, M., Schulman, R., Finn, M., & Holtzman, D. (2006). Pomegranate juice decreases amyloid load and improves behavior in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease Neurobiology of Disease, 24 (3), 506-515 DOI: 10.1016/j.nbd.2006.08.006. ^Back to Top^

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