The pomegranate has been acclaimed for its health benefits for centuries, mentioned even in the Old Testament. Recent research, too, has shed light on many of the healing properties of pomegranate, from skin care and beauty, to cardiovascular health and hormone balancing. Here are five significant health benefits of pomegranate:
- The pomegranate has great nutritional value. It contains vitamins A, C, E and K and minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, folic acid, niacin, thiamin, folates and riboflavin. It also contains other antioxidants and a healthy fatty acid. Pomegranate is full of phytochemicals, which may offer heart health and anti-cancer benefits.
- Pomegranate can provide heart healthy support in several ways, from lowering cholesterol to relaxing blood vessels, and more. Pomegranate can decrease cardiovascular plaque and improve blood flow. It may mildly reduce hypertension.
- A number of research studies have shown the anti-cancer properties of pomegranate. These studies include breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and the stabilization of PSA levels in patients with prostate cancer. Some of these same properties can help in hormonal balancing, including menopausal symptoms.
- Pomegranates may reduce arthritis symptoms and support joint health. The antioxidants in pomegranates may help reduce inflammation that contributes to the destruction of cartilage in the joints, which can cause pain and stiffness.
- Pomegranates are also very useful for skin health and beauty. Compounds in the pomegranate may help with preventing age spots, fine lines and wrinkles that are often caused by sun damage. Pomegranates help soften the skin and produce additional elastin and collagen that may make the skin look more smooth, firm, and youthful. Pomegranates can also can help the skin repair tissue and wounds and improve circulation to the skin.