Pomegranates contain dozens of tiny seeds called arils, filled with tart but nutritious juice. Although it can be time-consuming to get to the seeds of the pomegranate, they're full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that can benefit you, both inside and out.
Immune System Booster
One pomegranate contains about 40 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C. This vitamin helps boost your immune system, helping prevent or reduce the duration and severity of illness. Pomegranates are also full of antioxidants, which are molecules that can help fight off viruses and infections like the flu. The antioxidants in pomegranates can even boost the effects of anti-viral drugs, according to "Phytomedicine Journal."
Pomegranates are high in fiber -- one pomegranate contains 11 grams of fiber. Fiber expands in the body, so it helps fill you up and keeps you feeling satisfied in between meals. As a result, you will be less likely to overeat. Pomegranates also contain 219 grams of water, which can also keep you feeling full and delay hunger throughout the day. Because you must chew the seeds, you are forced to slow your pace of eating, giving you a chance to recognize fullness cues so that you don't overeat. Pomegranates are also low in calories -- 1/2 cup is only 72 calories.
Pomegranates can help slow down or even prevent cardiovascular conditions and diseases, according to a 2004 article in the journal "Clinical Nutrition." Punicalagins, which are compounds found in pomegranates, can help improve the function of blood vessels and the heart. Punicalagins can help combat and reduce many of the conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease, such as hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and heart blockages like atherosclerotic plaque, .
The vitamin C in pomegranates can help decrease the roughness of the skin when applied topically, reports a 2006 article in the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology." Use pomegranate seed oil on your face, which can help encourage skin growth and regeneration. The antioxidants in pomegranates can also help reduce inflammation of the skin and improve conditions such as acne. In addition, pomegranates help stimulate the production of collagen, which can help plump up saggy areas of the skin and increase the supply of blood to your face, according to The Huffington Post.
- The Huffington Post: Pomegranate Beauty Benefits: 4 Amazing Uses for the Seedy Fruit
- Experimental Dermatology: Dietary Compound Ellagic Acid Alleviates Skin Wrinkle and Inflammation Induced by UV-B Radiation
- Journal of Ethnopharmacology: Pomegranate as a Cosmeceutical Source: Pomegranate Fractions Promote Proliferation and Procollagen Synthesis and Inhibit Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Production in Human Skin Cells.
- Food and Chemical Toxicology: An Aqueous Pomegranate Peel Extract Inhibits Neutrophil Myeloperoxidase in Vitro and Attenuates Lung Inflammation in Mice.
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- USDA National Nutrient Database: Pomegranates, Raw
- Clinical Nutrition: Pomegranate Juice Consumption for 3 Years by Patients With Carotid Artery Stenosis Reduces Common Carotid Intima-Media Thickness, Blood Pressure and LDL Oxidation
- Phytomedicine Journal: Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Purified Polyphenol Extract Inhibits Influenza Virus and Has a Synergistic Effect With Oseltamivir
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- Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism: Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions