You know what a pomegranate is, right? The unusual fruit is pretty delicious and sweet and has a rich nutritional profile as well as antibacterial and antiviral properties. According to studies, pomegranates contain vitamin A, C and E, as well as folic acid and a variety of other essential nutrients. More importantly, the juice of the fruit contains a rare compound named punicalagin which can lower the oxidative stress on your body and prevent a variety of serious problems.
And, the benefits of the fruit don’t stop there. Pomegranates contain antioxidants as well which can keep your arteries as clean as a whistle and reduce your cholesterol levels. As a matter of fact, consuming the juice regularly will unclog your arteries and allow better blood flow, resulting in much better cardiovascular health. One recent study examined if the juice is actually effective against atherosclerosis and found out that it can prevent the hardening of our arteries. This will reduce the risk of damage to the blood vessels and keep them elastic as well, supporting the cardiovascular system and preventing numerous life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack.
Here are some of the other health benefits of pomegranate juice:
- The juice is an excellent source of vitamin C which will boost your immune system;
- Some studies have shown that drinking the juice regularly can prevent liver damage;
- As we already mentioned, the juice can successfully lower the cholesterol in your arteries;
- Pomegranate juice relieves the risk of cardiovascular problems and damage to the blood vessels by reducing inflammation;
- Drinking the juice regularly can also reduce the risk of lymphoma, diabetes, prostate and breast cancer;
- The juice has antibacterial properties which make it ideal for fighting bacteria in the oral cavity and problems such as tooth decay and bad breath;
- Consuming pomegranate juice regularly can also help you lose weight. According to one Scottish study, pomegranates can lower the amount of visceral fat, the most dangerous type of fat in our bodies;
- The juice is full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that can protect the DNA from damage;
- Consuming pomegranate juice during pregnancy can protect the brain of newborns in cases of difficult birth.
How to choose the perfect pomegranate
The juiciest pomegranates are ripe and heavy. When choosing pomegranates, find the ones with firm skin, rich color and angular shape and make sure they don’t have cuts or blemishes on them. Pomegranates can be stored at a cool and dry spot for a month, or even 2 months if kept in the fridge.
If you’ve always been wondering what’s the best way of opening up a pomegranate, you should cut off the top, then slice down the skin in quarters and open the fruit. Now, fill a bowl with water, put the quarter in and get the seeds out with your fingers. Take off the white membranes as well and eat the seeds raw. You can also use them in fruits salads or desserts.
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