Pomegranates Offer These Health Benefits
As an exotic addition to the diet they are pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice not only an enrichment in terms of taste, but also offer a wide variety positive health effects. the nutritionist Julia Zumpano of Cleveland Clinic (USA) explains what health benefits can be expected from pomegranates.
Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice have their benefits, but if less sugar according to Zumpano, the seeds and pulp of a fresh pomegranate are a better option. Otherwise, however, both the juice and the pomegranate seeds develop multifaceted health benefits.
First of all, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from environmental toxins such as pollution and cigarette smoke, reports the nutritionist. Antioxidants are known to be oxidative stress protect and DNA damage counter that too Cancer be able to lead
Although pomegranates alone do not protect against cancer, a study conducted by a research team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) have shown that, in this sense, they are a good complement to a healthy plant-based diet such as Mediterranean diet according to Zumpano.
Additionally, a review by Indian scientists provided evidence that pomegranate ingredients anticancer effect show. For example, there are some studies that point to a slowdown in the growth of prostate cancer indicate. Also for pomegranate peel extract an anticancer effect has already been demonstrated.
Pomegranates for heart health
oxidative stress is associated with many chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart diseasesZumpano reports. And a meta-analysis of available studies showed that pomegranates alleviate oxidative stress in several ways.
In a comparative review of Effects on cardiovascular diseases with ten common fruits are for pomegranates and pomegranate juice In addition, clear effects have been shown against a number of heart diseases, such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and arteriosclerosis.
Last but not least, a 2021 study in rats showed that pomegranate juice increased the concentration of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) by 39 percent and the concentration of “Good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) increased by 27 percent.
This in turn reduces the formation of plaque in the arteriessuch as hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) be appointed and an authority risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases.
“There are some studies that show that pomegranates can help prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries”stressed zumpano. Therefore, it may be advisable to include pomegranates in your diet, especially if you are at increased risk of heart disease.
Healthy enrichment in the kitchen.
In general, pomegranate, whether as seeds, juice, or peel extract, has far-reaching effects. positive health effectswhich can also be used for therapeutic purposes. Apparently, it is not without reason that pomegranates have been an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda) for centuries.
Likewise, however, they are one culinary enrichment of nutrition, for example, when pomegranate seeds are sprinkled on salad, oatmeal, quinoa or yogurt or served with poultry such as chicken and turkey, Zumpano explains. (fp)
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This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.