How pomegranates affect your health
Have you ever had the privilege of biting into a cluster of pomegranate seeds? The reward you get from the juice is priceless. Needless to say, I love pomegranate season! The satisfying flavor of the fruit speaks for itself. Along with the juice comes tons of health benefits.
Pomegranates are full of antioxidants… punicalagins, anthocyanins, and hydrolysable tannins… all antioxidants known to help protect your cells from free radical damage!
Polyphenolic compounds found in the fruit have been well-known for helping your heart. These compounds in pomegranates may be able to help the inflammation in the arteries and reduce oxidative stress. This can also help lower your blood pressure and help fight plaque build-up in your arteries as well (atherosclerosis).
Tip: Pomegranate juice is an easy way to get the benefits into your system and can also help with chest pain.
Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice can slow down the rate at which a tumor in your prostate grows. For people who have prostate cancer pomegranates also help promote cells from dying.
Nobody wants kidney stones and pomegranates can help with that! It can hinder the mechanism that forms kidney stones.
Pomegranates have ellagitannins which are known to reduce inflammation in the body. These compounds can help your brain actually get better! This may be able to help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by helping brain cells survive and reducing oxidative stress.
Pomegranates are rich in fiber and can increase good bacteria in your gut. The beneficial gut bacteria, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, are supposed to have pre-biotic effects helping prevent many digestive health issues.
If you love working out or want to start, pomegranates may be able to replace that protein powder because it may improve your endurance for your workout.
It’s newer research but studies show because pomegranates provide potassium, which is an essential electrolyte for exercise. And remember those antioxidants and polyphenols that I mentioned earlier? Those nutrients are helpful for running and performance.
Try it out for yourself and let us know how it makes a difference in your routine!