Sunday 10 October 2021
Written by – Hind Khalifa
Pomegranate is widely consumed as a form of prevention and treatment. It is a rich source of a variety of phytochemicals that add to the fruit’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential, which play a role in boosting immunity.
The Cleveland Clinic Medical Center quotes nutritionist Julia Zumpano on why pomegranate is a great addition to a low-calorie, nutrient-packed diet.
Here are some of the potential benefits of pomegranate, according to timesnownews.
Pomegranate contains antioxidants that help protect cells from environmental toxins such as pollution and cigarette smoke, and prevent and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancer.
The dietitian adds that pomegranate juice alone will not prevent cancer, but studies suggest that it may be a nutritious addition to a healthy vegetarian diet such as the Mediterranean diet.
The Harvard report notes that studies say pomegranate juice may help lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
But as with all fruits, you should eat the fruit itself rather than make juice from it, so you can eat the fiber-rich seeds. Half a cup of pomegranate seeds contains 72 calories, 3.5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar, and the seeds add Beautiful color into all kinds of salads (grain, green or fruit), or you can sprinkle it on cereal or yogurt.
Pomegranate juice is known to stabilize prostate-specific antigen or PSA levels in men with prostate cancer.
The men who drank eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily nearly quadrupled the amount of time their PSA levels remained stable after prostate cancer treatment.
According to a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, it was found that the components in pomegranate juice help prevent the movement of cancer cells by impairing their attractiveness to the chemical signal that promotes the spread of cancer.
“There are some studies done on pomegranate that indicate its role in slowing the growth of prostate cancer,” said the dietitian. “But it should be noted that the studies examined pomegranate juice in the context of a healthy plant-based diet.”
Promote heart health:
Research also links the antioxidant compounds in pomegranate seeds (ellagic acid and anthocyanins) to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
A study showed that the antioxidants in pomegranate juice may help reduce the plaque that has already built up in the vessels, and it also improves cholesterol formation.
Another study showed a reduction in the development of atherosclerosis in mice whose diets were supplemented with pomegranate juice. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances in and on the walls of the arteries, which can create blockages within the blood vessels, impeding blood flow.
A study suggests that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice daily may relieve stress-induced reduced blood flow through the arteries that feed the heart.
Protects the fetus’s brain in expectant mothers:
According to a randomized trial conducted by Harvard physicians, preliminary results indicate the possible effect of maternal nutritional supplementation with pomegranate juice. Researchers reported a lower risk of brain injury in infants exposed to pomegranate juice compared to a placebo.
The study showed that 200 grams per day of polyphenol-rich pomegranate juice during pregnancy did not increase the risk of fetal ductal constriction.