Grown for over 5,000 years, pomegranate is composed of tart red seeds. From September to December is the best period to eat them. Rich in vitamins C and E, they provide energy to the body -pomegranate contains 40% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin C for 100 grams consumed. More than ten studies have shown that daily consumption of pomegranate, as a juice for example, has very beneficial effects on your health. Read on to find out more!
1) Pomegranate helps reduce blood pressure
Pomegranate has antioxidant properties, and is a great foodstuff for the heart, naturally preventing cardiovascular disease.
Drink one glass of pomegranate juice per day to reduce blood pressure, slow down the accumulation of platelets and prevent the progressive obstruction of the arteries.
2) Another health benefit: this fruit reduces cholesterol
The consumption of pomegranate, raw or in a juice, reduces cholesterol in the blood, reduces artherosclerosis and limits the loss of elasticity in the arteries due to sclerosis, which itself is provoked by the accumulation of fat in the body, mainly bad cholesterol. Pomegranate also reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease, or ischaemic heart disease, which manifests as fatty deposits, calcification and fibrous tissue. The latter can form on the walls of the coronary arteries, leading to a narrowing of the blood vessels.
In 2001, more than 29% of the world’s deaths were attributed to cardiovascular disease, and 2% to ischaemic heart disease. A study conducted on patients with coronary heart disease showed that their blood circulation improved after having consumed pomegranate juice over a long period of time.
3) The anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of pomegranate.
Pomegranate reduces the risk of development and the speed of progress of prostate cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferation properties, which slow down the multiplication of cancerous cells. This phenomenon can be explained by the regulatory effect this fruit has on oestrogen or hormones.
4) It reduces the development of cataracts
From 65 years of age onwards, cataracts affect one person in five. From 75 years, more than one in three are affected, and after 85, it’s two in three who contract them. Reduction in eyesight, foggy vision, sensitivity to light -this affliction is due to the development of opacities on the lens. The only treatment is surgery, which is why it is important to prevent this disease by regularly consuming pomegranates.
5) Pomegranate improves diabetes
Ask the advice of your doctor, but pomegranate improves the sensitivity of insulin in the case of type 2 diabetes. It is equally effective for preventing this illness.