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2 Major Health Benefits of Consuming Pomegranates

One of the most delicious fruits is Pomegranate. And not only delicious, it's very healthy too.

Pomegranates have been used for years for their health benefits. Modern science has found that pomegranates can help protect your heart and may even prevent cancer.

A pomegranate is a sweet, tart fruit with thick, red skin. While the skin is not edible, it holds hundreds of juicy seeds that you can consume plain or sprinkle on salads, oatmeal, hummus, and different dishes. Bottled pomegranate juice is additionally an easy way to enjoy some of the health benefits of this delicious fruit.

Pomegranates are grown on trees. These trees need ample heat to grow and ripen these hard, delicious fruits. Pomegranates are native to the Middle East and some Asian countries, but they can additionally be produced in the United States. The majority of pomegranates are grown in California. They’re in season from September to November, but their long shelf life means you can normally find them in grocery stores until January.

Health Benefits

Pomegranates can have up to three times more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. Antioxidants protect cells from damage, prevent diseases — such as cancer — and minimize inflammation and the effects of aging.

Heart Health

Studies have suggested that pomegranates can protect the heart in many ways, including decreasing blood pressure and lowering blood sugar levels.

Atherosclerosis — the build-up of cholesterol and fats in the arteries — is a common cause of heart disease. Pomegranate juice can also help reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — “bad” cholesterol” — that clogs arteries. It can additionally increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol — “good” cholesterol” — which lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Diabetes ControlInitial studies have revealed that people with type 2 diabetes who began to drink pomegranate juice showed an improvement in insulin resistance. Pomegranates can additionally help people without diabetes maintain a healthy weight.

Lowering Risk of Cancer

Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, both of which are known to prevent free radicals from damaging your cells. In some studies, pomegranates show potential to be effective in preventing prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancers. Additionally, preclinical studies on animals have proven that consuming pomegranate can inhibit the growth of lung, skin, colon, and prostate tumors. More research is needed to understand the effects on humans.

Originally published: Webmd

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