11 health benefits of pomegranate

Pomegranate is a natural medicine of great importance. All parts of the tree, the roots, the bark, leaves, flowers, rind and seeds are of medicinal value. We touch upon its various benefits and share with you some easy recipes too.

Fights Breast Cancer
Studies show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming.

Prevents Lung Cancer
Pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.

Slows Prostate Cancer
It slows the growth of prostate cancer.

Controls PSA Levels
Pomegranate is used in the treatment of prostate cancer – 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day keeps PSA (prostate hormone causing prostate cancer) levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy.

Protects the neonatal brain
Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage during delivery

Prevents osteoarthritis
Pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration.

Protects the arteries
It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease – frequent consumption may help perform mental tasks better.

Lowers cholesterol
It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol).

Lowers blood pressure
One study indicates that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowers systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.

Prevents dental plaque
Drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque

Eating pomegranate vs. drinking the juice
Pomegranate juice contains less fibre than the fruit. Pomegranate juice can interact with certain medications, so it is important to check with a doctor if you are under treatment already.

Text: Rehana Khambaty
Image:Flickr Creative commons Mari Smith

Delicious recipes with pomegranate:

Healthful Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate Raita

Pomegranate and Vegetable Pulaob