Pomegranate Health Benefits

Pomegranate, also known as Granada or the Chinese apple, has been cultivated along with grapes and olives for at least 3000 years.  Its advantages have been well known for centuries.

Pomegranate, full of antioxidants, assist slowing the ageing process, providing us smooth skin without wrinkles. Nowadays many people have turned to natural remedies as a way to complement conventional medication.

As indicated in various studies, the health benefits of pomegranate for male show that it may help preventing prostate cancer and decreasing the risk of impotency. Furthermore, as discovered in research, pomegranate juice could help controlling the growth of prostate tumors.

Additionally, several recent studies in Israel, the pomegranate health benefits for female were found that it may be useful in preventing breast cancer.

Nutrition Facts of Pomegranate
Its high antioxidant content is one of the most interesting nutrition properties for health and prosperity. It is because antioxidants protect our body from damage caused by free radicals which are a by-product of body’s metabolism, able causing damage to various organs in our body. This damage is very slight, but over time, the overall damage can be quite extensive. The damage of free radical is associated with serious health problems such as cancer and autoimmune disease. Additional nutrition facts of pomegranate show that this fruit is also a good source of potassium, with high contents of vitamins B and C, and is a very good source of fibre.

Regular consumption of pomegranate, being an excellent method in reducing cholesterol levels, assists preventing heart disease and maintain our immune system in top notch conditions. The benefit of pomegranate nutrition are highlighted by its low calorie content combined with its high nutritional value. Pomegranate juice is an excellent home remedy to increase blood circulation as it contains natural blood thinning agents. Research into pomegranate health benefits suggests that it may help lowering bad cholesterol levels while raising good cholesterol levels. It can also help reducing arterial plaque.

These nutritional properties make pomegranate an excellent fruit for kids and adults.  Pomegranate contains hundreds of edible seeds and each seed is encapsulated in a soft pulp. Children may refuse to eat it and in such a case, pomegranate juice would be a great option. Pomegranate juice is often processed making other pomegranate products such as pomegranate molasses and pomegranate sauce. Pomegranate tea, being an excellent drink in breakfast, is easily prepared.  For the sake of preserving the pomegranate’s natural nutritional value, it would be best to eat fresh pomegranates or to drink homemade pomegranate juice.


Radical (chemistry) or Free Radical
In chemistry, a radical (more precisely, a free radical) is an atom, molecule, or ion that has unpaired valence electrons. With some exceptions, these unpaired electrons make free radicals highly chemically reactive towards other substances, or even towards themselves: their molecules will often spontaneously dimerize or polymerize if they come in contact with each other……
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自由基 (游離基)
自由基(英語:Free Radical), 又稱游離基, 是指化合物的分子在光熱等外界條件下, 共價鍵發生均裂而形成的具有不成對電子的原子或基團……….自由基極易發生反應(如二聚反應、奪氫反應、氧化反應、歧化反應等). 機體氧化反應中產生的有害化合物, 具有強氧化性, 可損害機體的組織和細胞, 進而引起慢性疾病及衰老效應…….
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Free-radical theory of aging
The free radical theory of aging (FRTA) states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. A free radical is any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell……
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Nutrients In Pomegranate
A pomegranate fruit of approximately 154g in weight packs only 104.72 Calories. Its low sodium and high potassium content add to its appeal as a health fruit. Some of the pomegranate nutrients for 100 grams of deseeded pomegranate are as follow;

Carbohydrates – 18.7 g
Dietary fiber  – 4.0 g
Folate – mcg
Potassium – 236 mg
Vitamin – 10 mg

The nutrients in pomegranate juice sold in bottle available in the market differs greatly from homemade juice. Bottled pomegranate juice generally has a higher sugar and sodium content but lower quantities of the other minerals and vitamins.


Pomegranate Juice Side Effects

Low Blood Pressure
The potential dangerous side effects is if drinking pomegranate juice in combination with some prescription medicines, such as those designed to reduce blood pressure.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure. If taken together with other prescription medicines or herbs and supplements designed to lower blood pressure, it may cause hypotension, running the risk of developing too low blood pressure.

Metabolic Problems
It has been mentioned in Consumer Reports that juices such as pomegranate and grapefruit appear interferring with an enzyme in our body that’s vital to metabolizing many common medications, such as some statins for cholesterol. Consult your doctor before trying pomegranate juice if you are on any regular medications.

Allergic Symptoms
Some people are allergic to pomegranate. The Wellness website reports that people with plant allergies tend to be at greater risk of developing allergic reactions to pomegranate. It says people with asthma should be especially careful before drinking pomegranate juice. Some of the reactions to pomegranate include nausea, vomiting, hives, red itchy eyes and difficulty breathing. On the other hand, pomegranate juice is packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients that can work as anti-inflammatory agents and help reduce allergy symptoms.

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Too Much Sugar
Pomegranate juice is sometimes touted as a healthful drink for people suffering from diabetes. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center advises diabetics to proceed with caution. Sloan-Kettering says diabetics who are watching their sugar intake need to be careful if they start adding pomegranate juice to their diets because of the sugar content in the drinks.


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