Friday, July 18, 2008

Pomegranate – 6 Health Benefits you must know.

Pomegranate not just looks like a king in appearance but also deserves the crown as it has one of the highest amounts of antioxidants among fruits.

Must Know Facts about Pomegranate

Antioxidants

Pomegranate has one of the highest amount of antioxidants among fruits even higher than berries.

Protects against Cancer

Having pomegranate on a regular basis reduces the risks of cancer.

Heart Friendly

In preliminary laboratory research and human pilot studies, juice of the pomegranate has been found effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation, all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Reduces systolic blood pressure

Pomegranate has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). If you are wondering what is systolic blood pressure here is a definition from Wikipedia it says The systolic arterial pressure is defined as the peak pressure in the arteries, which occurs near the beginning of the cardiac cycle; the diastolic arterial pressure is the lowest pressure (at the resting phase of the cardiac cycle). The average pressure throughout the cardiac cycle is reported as mean arterial pressure; the pulse pressure reflects the difference between the maximum and minimum pressures measured.)

Dental benefits

The juice may also have antiviral and antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

Diarrhea

In case of diarrhea pomegranate is very effective.

Pomegranate’s Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy 70 kcal 290 kJ
Carbohydrates 17.17 g
- Sugars 16.57 g
- Dietary fiber 0.6 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.95 g
Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.030 mg 2%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.063 mg 4%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.300 mg 2%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.596 mg 12%
Vitamin B6 0.105 mg 8%
Folate (Vit. B9) 6 μg 2%
Vitamin C 6.1 mg 10%
Calcium 3 mg 0%
Iron 0.30 mg 2%
Magnesium 3 mg 1%
Phosphorus 8 mg 1%
Potassium 259 mg 6%
Zinc 0.12 mg 1%

Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database

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