5 Incredible Health Benefits of Pomegranates

One of the healthiest fruits on earth gets a whole month dedicated to it

Nov 7, 2017
Ripe pomegranate fruit on wooden vintage background.

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Pomegranates are packed with plenty of goodness including anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-tumor properties so it’s no wonder this superfruit is often hailed as one of the healthiest out there. In fact, it’s considered so good for us that every year there is a whole month dedicated to it. Yes, that’s right, November is National Pomegranate Month, which is a perfect time to look at some of the amazing health benefits of this awesome, yet often overlooked, fruit. Whether drunk as a juice, made into a syrup or just by eating the seeds, pomegranates can:

1. PREVENT CANCER

The high levels of flavonoid antioxidants in pomegranates are known to be effective in counteracting various cancer-causing free radicals. Regular consumption can reduce the PSA levels in the body and aid in the fight against existing cancer cells in the body.

2. IMPROVE DIGESTION

Pomegranate juice can reduce inflammation in the gut and improve digestion and is recommended for people with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases.

3. REDUCE INFLAMMATION

The potent anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranates, which come from the antioxidant punicalagins have been proven to reduce inflammatory activity in the digestive tract and many forms of cancer cells as well as helping sufferers of diabetics.

4. TREAT ED

The intake of pomegranate juice has been shown to be beneficial in increasing blood flow and erectile response. The antioxidants in pomegranates help clear arteries and also boost Nitric Oxid, which in turn improve circulation and reduce oxidative stress, a major cause of erectile dysfunction.

5. HELP IMPROVE MEMORY

Vitamin B5, which is found in pomegranates, naturally increases the efficiency of nerve impulses within the brain, forming a co-enzyme that affects nerve impulses needed for good memory. Pomegranates also contain significant levels of folic acid, which is essential for proper metabolism of the brain's long-chain fatty acids.

YONI COHEN, EDITOR & WRITER
A Geography geek to his core, Yoni is a proud introvert and is happiest when traveling, dancing, baking, doing yoga, running or taking pictures of beautiful flowers. He writes about mindfulness, introversion, travel and the benefits of slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life.

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