The Best Superfruit: Benefits, Nutrition Value, and Anti-Aging Properties of Pomegranate

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Known as the ‘Food of the Gods,’ pomegranates are high in water content, known to rebuild cells, and offer anti-aging benefits. According to a research study held in Switzerland by the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL), it was found that pomegranates contain a powerful molecule called urolithin A, which assists in regenerating damaged or worn out cells, and makes way for new cells in the process.

The magical molecule isn’t produced by the fruit on its own. It requires assistance from the bacteria found in the human gut to enable muscle cells and protect against aging. “It’s the only known molecule that can re-launch the mitochondrial clean-up process. We believe our research, uncovering the benefits of urolithin A, holds promise in reversing muscle aging,” said Patrick Aebischer, the head of the Neurodegenerative Disease Laboratory at the EPFL.

Nutritional Value of Pomegranates

Considered one of the best anti-aging foods, pomegranates are a very good source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and folate. In addition, it’s low in sodium and cholesterol. According to the SELF Nutrition Data web site, a whole, raw pomegranate with an edible portion of 282 grams contains 234 calories with no cholesterol and trans fat. These are some of the nutritional facts according to SELF Nutrition Data.

Total carbohydrates: 53g
Sugars: 39g
Dietary fiber: 11g
Vitamin K: 46.2 mcg (58% of total vitamins present)
Vitamin C: 28.8 mg (48% of total vitamins present)
Folate: 107 mcg
Protein: 5g
Potassium: 666 mg (19% of all minerals present)
Phosphorus: 102 mg (10% of all minerals present)

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 Health Benefits of Pomegranates

With the help of extensive research, it has been proven that pomegranates are highly beneficial and contain anti-aging elements. Here are some of the many health benefits of pomegranates.

  • As we age, powerhouses of cells called mitochondria are unable to carry out their regular functioning. Consuming this plump fruit assists in protecting cells against damage.
  • It also helps cells to recycle and rebuild themselves.
  • Pomegranates reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation.
  • They are also known to cure arthritis, improve memory, boost metabolism, and battle prostate cancer.
  • The antioxidant-rich fruit also helps lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, and prevents congestive heart failure.
  • The super food prevents fat from building around the arteries, which if ongoing, can lead to several health concerns.
  • It contains powerful polyphenols (antioxidants) that have anti-cancer benefits.
  • Consuming pomegranate juice (obtained by crushing its seeds) is known to improve blood flow and blood pressure. It delays the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol in patients who have a history of coronary heart disease.
  • Its antioxidants assist in preventing build-up of plaque in the blood and arteries.
  • Pomegranates are also high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and potassium. The fruit is known to supply a quarter of a day’s worth of folate and one-third of the total requirement of vitamin C.
  • It is a potent fighter in the battle against atherosclerosis.
  • It stops damage brought about by destructive free radicals, thus preventing and reversing the natural process of aging.
  • It protects against osteoporosis.
  • It inhibits abnormal platelet aggression.
  • Pomegranates also support and benefit the functioning of the immune system.

Experts also say that to reap maximum benefit of the ‘seeded apple’ it is crucial to consume the entire fruit, including the skin, piths and the rind, along with the delicious, red inner jewels. Additionally, this versatile fruit can be used in fresh juices, smoothies, salads, desserts, iced tea, salads, cereals, quinoa, brown rice, and pilafs.

 


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