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6 benefits of pomegranate juice that’ll get you hooked on the superfruit

The fruit of the Punica granatum tree, pomegranate, actually belongs to the berry family. This gorgeous scarlet-hued fruit might be a handful when it comes to peeling and eating, but the benefits of pomegranate juice makes it a must-have on your shopping list on your next visit to the market.

Our earliest childhood memory is when our mother or grandmother would take the pain of peeling the fruit and cutting it up for us, just so we could enjoy the sweet, seedy fruit . Now that we’ve grown up and time is well, money, peeling and cutting pomegranates has proven to be too much of a hassle. Thankfully, pomegranate juice is the next best option. Not only is it easier to access and tastes delicious, it is packed with antioxidants and a number of other health benefits. Let’s find out all about pomegranate juice and its benefits.

Health benefits of Pomegranate juice

Rich in antioxidants

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Like we mentioned earlier, pomegranates are packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. These work in reducing free radicals called reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the body. High levels of this free radical can lead to oxidative stress, which in turn leads to cell damage and inflammation. Pomegranates help in reducing these free radicals.

Prevents cancer

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According to the National Institutes of Health America, pomegranate is one of the natural remedies that may help treat or prevent prostate cancer. The polyphenols in pomegranate helps aid in preventing the growth of cancer cells in the prostate. Further studies have also found that benefits of pomegranate juice include reduction in prostate-specific antigen levels and the inhibition of tumour growth.

Anti-inflammatory properties

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The polyphenols in pomegranate have anti-inflammatory properties as well, which can treat various inflammatory conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and metabolic and cardiovascular disorders. There have been studies and evidence that pomegranate juice may help people with bowel and digestive disorders as well.

Prevents heart diseases

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Pomegranate juice benefits also include lowering blood pressure and protecting the heart and arteries. It was found in a 2012 research that pomegranate juice can reduce the oxidative stress in your cardiovascular system, thus lowering the risk of forming cholesterol, accumulation or unhealthy fats, or oxidised lipids, in the blood vessels and of developing atherosclerosis.

Beneficial for the skin

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Pomegranate juice benefits also include boosting skin health. It prevents the production of certain toxic compounds in the skin, which helps protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun (UV-B radiation). This feature of pomegranate also helps in reducing photo-ageing and skin cancer.

Might help with obesity

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Pomegranate contains bioactive compounds, which might be beneficial in weight loss. These compounds decrease the lipid or fat accumulation, enhances the breakdown of fats, and limits the enzymes which are responsible for fat formation. But this has not been extensively researched on humans yet.

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6 benefits of pomegranate juice that’ll get you hooked on the superfruit

A journalism student who studied the subject only to meet SRK in person, she settled for the best way to meet him. Covering Entertainment throughout her career, and now Food, Health and Lifestyle as well, Sreetama is also a self-proclaimed plant mom. In love with all things slow and quiet, she can often be found hunting for quiet corners with a glass of wine in hand. Other loves include little, inconsequential things, like neatly tucked-in bedsheets and big, significant things, like whole cheesecakes. She dreams of being a baker and writing about food someday.

   

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