ISLAMABAD – Pomegranate seeds contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that can protect your heart, prevent cancner and even keep your teeth clean.
Pomegranate has become very popular among health-conscious foodists thanks in part to emerging research showing its powerful antioxidant content and high nutritional values. The fruit is rich invitamin C (a natural antioxidant), magnesium, potassium, and copper. As research continues to discover more and more benefits, it appears that pomegranate’s place in nutrition and healthy-eating circles is here to stay.
The antioxidants in pomegranates offer various forms of protection for your heart. Polyphenols, tannins and other antioxidants found in pomegranates reduce the buildup of plaque in artery walls, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and disease. These antioxidants also lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol (LDL).
In addition to antioxidants, which are well known for their ability to fight off cancer-causing free radicals, pomegranates also contain phytochemicals that can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Estrogen plays a major role in the development of breast cancer cells, but phytochemicals produce an acid that inhibits the body’s production of estrogen. Pomegranates have also been shown to help fight prostate and lung cancers
In a 2005 study from the Cape Western Reserve University School of Medicine, researchers discovered that an enzyme found in pomegranates can slow the deterioration of cartilage that leads to osteoarthritis. Pomegranate’s anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for treating this condition after its onset.
Pomegranates don’t just fight the plague that builds up in your arteries; this superfruit also fights dental plaque. Pomegranate extract removes the plaque that causes the bacteria that leads to gum disease.
From warding off cancer to easing arthritis pain, pomegranates are useful for treating a number of ailments associated with aging. A 2006 study also found that polyphenols in pomegranates reduce buildup of brain plaque (proteins) that damages and disrupts brain communication and can eventually lead to the memory loss and cognitive decline that characterize Alzheimer’s disease.
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