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The Many Benefits of Pomegranates

by MSTY Staff

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Are you a big fan of the taste of pomegranate juice? If so, it's a good thing! Pomegranates and pomegranate juice has been on the uptick as a highly promoted bit of fruit and/or fruit drink that is rich with health with benefits.


Pomegranates Contain Antioxidants

Pomegranates are a fruit rich in antioxidants making it an excellent candidate to help fight against cancerous cells that might cause breast or prostate cancer. In addition, this fruit also contains vitamins A, C and E, and in iron, which are reported to support the bloods effort to maintain a steady supply of oxygen to the body.

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Pomegranates Can Help to Prevent Blood Clots

Pomegranates contain properties that make it a natural blood thinner, ultimately aiding in the prevention of dangerous blood clots that might prove deadly. These seeds have the ability to help prevent your blood platelets from coagulating and forming clots. This is particularly important if you are prone to developing blood clots or perhaps you're a bit sedentary in your exercise habits --meaning, they are non-existent.

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Pomegranates Can Prevent Atherosclerosis

Pomegranates are reported to possess polyphenols. Polyphenols have the unique ability to decrease plaque build-up in your arteries and can reverse previous plaque buildup. 

Basically, this little gem is said to rid your body of the nasty, excess fat and therefore ultimately keeps your arteries fat free. They are known to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol).

Other Health Benefits Associated with Pomegranates

In addition to preventing clots, preventing cancer and lowering bad cholesterol, pomegranates have been reported to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of plaque build-up on your teeth, therefore keeping them clean. Pomegranates also reduce risk of cartilage deterioration.

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Looking for a unique source of fiber? A single pomegranate contains close to a quarter of the USDA's daily recommended amount of dietary fiber.

It has been reported to guard against Alzheimer’s disease. There’s still much research being done to examine how it is pomegranates play such a role in this however it has been linked to this fruit’s abilities to reduce inflammation of various brain cells. It is the inflammation of a specialized group of brain cells that has been linked to contributing to Alzheimer’s disease.

You are probably wondering about the nutritious aspect of this fruit. How many calories are in this fruit? How many do I actually need to eat to reap the awards? Well, we have already gushed about how vitamin rich this piece of fruit is…however, pomegranates contain 105 calories per pomegranate, most of which come from fruit sugar. Keep in mind that this is a bitter-sweet bit of fruit overflowing with seeds, so you may find yourself starting with a juiced version to kick things off. There’s still quite a bit of research being done however, consuming this fruit a couple of times per week may be a good place to start. The jury is still out as to whether or not a glass a day is sufficient.


Those taking heart medication should beware that this powerful bit of fruit can interact with their heart medication and therefore, should confirm with their physician that boosting their pomegranate fruit/juice intake is in fact okay.