Many cultures use pomegranate as a traditional medicine. Classified as a berry, the pomegranate fruit is about 5-12 cm in diameter. It is a red, round and red apple-like plant with a flower-shaped stem.
The skin of the pomegranate is thick and inedible, but there are hundreds of edible seeds inside. Each seed is surrounded by a red, juicy and sweet seed coat known as aryl.
Pomegranates are packed with nutrients and health benefits. Useful properties of pomegranate:
1. Pomegranate has impressive anti-inflammatory effects
Chronic inflammation of an organ leads to the development of serious diseases – heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even obesity.
Pomegranates have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of developing these diseases.
2. Pomegranate – a remedy for breast cancer
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Pomegranate extract can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells – even killing some of them. However, the evidence is currently limited to laboratory testing only.
3. Pomegranate can lower blood pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading contributors to heart attacks and strokes.
In one study, people with hypertension observed a significant drop in blood pressure after drinking 150 ml of pomegranate juice daily for two weeks.
4. Pomegranate helps fight arthritis and joint pain
The plant compounds in pomegranate have anti-inflammatory effects and help treat arthritis.
5. Pomegranate Juice May Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Heart disease is currently the most common cause of premature death. Punic acid, the essential fatty acid in pomegranate, protects against heart disease.
6. Pomegranate improves memory
A study in 28 elderly people with memory complaints showed that 230 ml of pomegranate juice per day significantly improved markers of verbal and visual memory. Mouse Studies Also Show Pomegranate May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
7. Pomegranate can improve exercise performance
Pomegranate is rich in dietary nitrates that have been shown to improve physical performance.
How to clean a pomegranate?
Pomegranate is a tasty and healthy fruit, but everyone who wants to eat it faces the problem of cleaning. You can do this correctly using the instructions:
- Swirl the pomegranate on a table or any hard surface to loosen the seeds.
- Make a cut in the middle of the pomegranate and rip it in half.
- Holding each half over a bowl with seeds facing down, tap the skin with a wooden spoon, squeezing lightly to release the seeds.