Pomegranates offer these health benefits
As an exotic addition to the diet pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice not only an enrichment in terms of taste, but also offer a wide variety positive health effects. The nutritionist Giulia Zumpano of the Cleveland Clinic (USA) explains what health benefits can be expected from pomegranates.
Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice both have their benefits, but if you less sugar according to Zumpano, the seeds and pulp of a fresh pomegranate are a better choice. Otherwise, however, both the juice and the pomegranate seeds open multiple health benefits.
Pomegranates rich in antioxidants
First of all, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from environmental toxins like pollution and cigarette smoke, says the nutritionist. Antioxidants are known to be oxidative stress protect and DNA damage counter that too Krebs to be able to drive.
While pomegranates alone do not protect against cancer, a study by a research team of the University of Alabama in Birmingham (USA) have shown that in this sense they are a good addition to a healthy plant-based diet such as Mediterranean diet according to Zumpano.
Additionally, a review by Indian scientists has provided evidence that pomegranate ingredients anti-cancer effect to demonstrate. For example, there are some studies that indicate a slowdown in the growth of prostate cancer indicate. Also for pomegranate peel extract an anti-cancer effect has already been demonstrated.
Pomegranates for heart health
Oxidative stress it is associated with many chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, reports Zumpano. And a meta-analysis of available studies showed that pomegranates relieve oxidative stress in several ways.
In a comparative review of the Effects on cardiovascular diseases with ten common fruits are for pomegranates and pomegranate juice Furthermore, clear effects have been demonstrated against a number of heart diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Last but not least, a 2021 study in rats showed that pomegranate juice increased the concentration of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) by 39%. and the concentration of The “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) increased by 27%..
This in turn reduces the formation of plaque in the arteriesthat like hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) be designated and an authoritative Risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases.
“There are some studies showing that pomegranates can help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries.”stressed out Zumpano. It may therefore be advisable to include pomegranates in your diet, especially if you have an increased risk of heart disease.
A healthy enrichment in the kitchen
All in all, pomegranate, whether in the form of seeds, juice or extracted from the peel, develops far-reaching effects positive health effectsalso usable for therapeutic purposes. Apparently it is no coincidence that pomegranates have been an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda) for centuries.
Likewise, however, they are one culinary enrichment of nutrition, such as when pomegranate seeds are sprinkled on salads, oatmeal, quinoa, or yogurt, or served with poultry like chicken and turkey, explains Zumpano. (pp)
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