Pomegranate fruit is being touted as a miracle drug for aging, Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and even protecting unborn babies from brain injuries
The pomegranate, with its edible seeds inside juicy sacs, is high in vitamin C and potassium, low in calories, and a good source of fiber
Pomegranate fruit has antioxidant qualities that are effective in fighting disease.
An antioxidant is substance that prevents or slows the breakdown of another substance by oxygen.
In the body, nutrients such as beta-carotene (a vitamin A precursor), vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium have been found to act as antioxidants.
Pomegranates fruit are especially high in poly-phenols, a form of antioxidant purported to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
In fact, pomegranate juice, which contains health-boosting tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, has higher antioxidant activity than green tea and red wine.
Pomegranate juice also appears to suppress the growth of cancer cells and cause prostate cancer cells to die.
It is believed that the antioxidants in the juice - particularly ellagic acid - are behind this beneficial effect.
There are also some very early research being conducted to find out how pomegranate juice may be used to treat breast cancer and osteoarthritis
With the highest levels of poly-phenol antioxidants, pomegranate juice is showing promising benefits for the heart
Pomegranates are 60% better than other juices at preventing the formation of plaque-forming oxidized LDL in the arteries, and has been shown to reduce build-up of plaque by up to 30% in a pilot study of 19 elderly patients with atherosclerosis.
Research indicates that the high level of antioxidants found in pomegranate juice is effective in combating free radicals that may cause a number of afflictions, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, premature aging, Alzheimer's disease and even cancer.
Pomegranates fruit have beneficial effects on heart disease, haemorrhoid s, fertility and blood pressure - among other things
Scientists have discovered their usefulness in treating prostate cancer and osteoarthritis
A single pomegranate, provides approximately 40 per cent of an adult's recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, and is a rich source of folic acid and vitamins A and E.
Pomegranate fruit contain high levels of flavenoids - a type of antioxidant - which are exceptionally effective at neutralizing cancer-causing free radicals.
Research published this year suggests that the fruit may be effective at fighting both breast and skin cancer
New research has found that one glass of pomegranate juice a day could improve blood flow to the heart by more than a third.
The fruit's antioxidant properties prevent bad cholesterol from forming, which keeps the arteries clear and reduces the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.
A separate study found that drinking pomegranate juice regularly can also dramatically reduce the size of atherosclerosis lesions, which narrow the arteries and cause heart failure.
Pomegranate fruit has been found to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have potential therapeutic benefits in a variety of diseases.
Expectant mothers at risk of premature birth may want to consider drinking pomegranate juice to help their babies resist brain injuries from low oxygen and reduced blood flow, a mouse study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests last June.
According to the American Dietetic Association, studies involving mice and humans show that eating pomegranates may help prevent clogged arteries.
Study from Jonsson Cancer Center at UCLA found that levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen), a protein marker for prostate cancer, increased 35% more slowly in men with recurrent prostate cancer who drank 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily after surgery or radiation
The pomegranate fruit is also a rich source of vitamins A, C, E and iron.
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