Pomegranate or punica granatum is fruit that can grow 5 to 8 meters. Pomegranate has round shape with red seeds that contain antioxidant and nutrition to battle free radical. There are three types of pomegranates: white pomegranate, red pomegranate and purple one.
There are various health benefits of pomegranate, for instance its antioxidant can help fight free radical, recover damaged cells. Here, some health benefits of this fruit:
1. Lower bad cholesterol
Pomegranate can be used as home remedy to lower bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL). This fruit also can improve HDL level or good cholesterol level in our body.
2. Lower blood pressure
Pomegranate is very good to be eaten to protect your heart health. Pomegranate can lower blood pressure and thus, protect your heart from diseases.
3. Keep teeth healthy
Do you like pomegranate juice? Don’t worry, it doesn’t leave plaque on teeth. Besides that, it can protect our teeth, and makes them healthy.
4. Prevent joint pain
This fruit can help prevent damaging of cartilage and slow bones, so it can prevent joint pain. Nutritionists suggest that people should consume pomegranate juice regularly to maintain the bones’ health.
5. Fight cancer
Pomegranate nutrition contents can help fight various types of cancer including breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Pomegranate also reduces cancer risks.
6. Good for skin
Besides it reduces inflammation, pomegranate juice can make our skin fresh and free from skin problems.
7. Protect baby brain
A study published in Pediatric Research found that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy help protects brain of a newborn baby after a traumatic birth.
8. Cure diarrhea
Not only its fruit, but pomegranate bark also has health benefits. Various health treatments in the world believe that pomegranate bark can cure diarrhea or intestine infection.
9. Protect heart
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pomegranate juice fights hardening of the arteries and diseases related with heart and stroke. Pomegranate prevents plaque buildup and can destroy the plaque.