Although you might not have known it until now, pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits around. Studies have shown that their large dose of nutrients could have great benefits for the body and assist in preventing disease.
Pomegranates have an impressive nutrient resume. While one cup (174 grams) of arils (the small juicy seeds inside the fruit) contains 24 grams of sugar and 144 calories, it also provides:
7 grams of fiber
3 grams of protein
30% of daily vitamin C
36% of daily vitamin K
16% of daily folate
12% of daily potassium
Inflammation in the body and its tissues is known to lead to illness. Pomegranates have potent anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the punicalagins (powerful antioxidants) they contain. These compounds have shown to reduce inflammation in the digestive system, breast cancer and colon cancer cells.
Prostate cancer and breast cancer are the most common types of cancer in men and women, respectively. Studies have shown that pomegranate extract can slow down the multiplication of cancer cells in the prostate, with 237 ml (8 oz) of pomegranate juice per day slowing the progression of prostate cancer cells down from 15 months to 54 months. Similar studies relating to breast cancer cells are currently showing positive results.
4. Blood Pressure
In a scientific study, people with high blood pressure saw significant improvements after consuming 150 ml (5 oz) of pomegranate juice every day for two weeks (15).
5. Heart Disease
Heart disease is a growing problem across the US. It is a disease caused by many different factors. Punicic acid, one of the powerful compounds found in pomegranates, may help protect against heart disease. A study of people with high cholesterol and triglycerides, found that consuming 800 milligrams of pomegranate seed oil per day for four weeks significantly lowered triglycerides and improved triglyceride:HDL ratio. In a different study, cholesterol levels were lowered in people with type 2 diabetes, as pomegranate consumption protected the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, one of the key steps in the development of heart disease.