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Top 6 Reasons why You Should Include Pomegranate in Your Meals

If you want to eat something healthy as well as tasty, and which looks attractive too, eat pomegranate! These rich red beads resembling rubies make a fun addition to your dining table and everyone in your family, from kids to seniors, will be delighted with their sight. You can eat pomegranate seeds in a number of ways, like by adding them to salads, as cake and ice cream toppings, making their juice and even as their dried powder to add tart to your dishes. And of course, you can eat them as they are. Let me count the top reasons why you should include pomegranate in your meals.

1. Full of Nutrients

The shining jewel-like pomegranate seeds are packed with nutrients our body needs. 1 cup of pomegranate seeds contains:

  • Protein: 3gm
  • Vitamin C: 30% of the RDA
  • Fiber: 7gm
  • Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA
  • Potassium: 12% of the RDA
  • Folate: 16% of the RDA

1 cup of pomegranate seeds also contains 24gm of sugar and 144 calories. But more importantly, the seeds contain plant compounds which have medicinal properties and offer the real pomegranate healthy benefits.

 

2. Contains Two Important Plant Compounds having Therapeutic Properties

 

These two plant compounds are unique and offer tremendous health benefits.

Punicalagins: These are extremely potent antioxidants present in the juice and peel of pomegranate. Pomegranate juice has three times more antioxidant activity than green tea and red wine because of this compound.

Punicic Acid: This is also known as pomegranate seed oil and is the main fatty acid in pomegranate seeds. It is a kind of conjugated linoleic acid having potent biological effects.

 

3. Anti-inflammatory Effects

 

Chronic inflammation can give rise to many fatal diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity too. Pomegranate with its anti-inflammatory properties reduces inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, and also in colon cancer and breast cancer cells.

 

4. Fights Prostate Cancer

 

Laboratory studies have revealed that pomegranate extract can decelerate cancer cell production and also induce death of cancer cells.

 

5. Fights Breast Cancer

 

Pomegranate extract has also been found to stop production of breast cancer cells and also kill some of them. However, not enough research is available on this finding.

 

6. Pomegranate may Bring Down Blood Pressure

 

High blood pressure is a high risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. In a study, people with high blood pressure were found with remarkable reduction in b. p. after having 150ml of pomegranate juice every day for 2 weeks.  There are also more studies with similar findings, especially for systolic blood pressure.

So, eat pomegranate regularly to make you and your family healthy.