Pomegranate Health Benefits – A High Antioxidant Superfood!

Pomegranate Health Benefits - 16 Quick And Interesting Facts

Pomegranates are a delicious fruit thats seeds resemble little red jewels, and they look and taste great when used in the cooking of certain exotic dishes or sprinkled liberally onto salads. This antioxidant rich superfood has a whopping 100+ phytochemicals, and has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

These 16 pomegranate health benefits will prove what a powerful what a powerful punch this gorgeous looking fruit contains, especially when it comes to boosting health, vitality, and even anti aging and keeping wrinkles at bay.

1. ANTIOXIDANTS

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Antioxidants in general are fundamental to good health and need to be consumed in abundance if you want to feel simply amazing from the inside out, and let’s face it, who doesn’t? Well, as luck would have it, pomegranates are choc full of the antioxidants that are so good for every aspect of your health and vitality. In fact, due to the phenols that give them their stunning bright red colour, their true antioxidant value is 3 times HIGHER than that of green tea and red wine. This is

You should make it your absolute mission to incorporate as many antioxidant rich foods of all kinds should be added to your diet daily for a full array of phytochemicals, antioxidants and nutrients. Variety is key, and a rainbow of different coloured fruits and vegetables will ensure you cover all nutritional bases.

2. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

glass of pomegranate juice

Chronic inflammation can sometimes be the root cause of certain diseases as it induces oxidative stress. This inflammation may be due to a poor diet full of highly acidic foods, and maybe a combination of other environmental factors that may also accelerate the aging process.

Anti-inflammatory foods like those found in abundance on the plant based diet can help alleviate chronic inflammation, and this includes the amazing pomegranate as its high antioxidant content can help prevent the damage caused by oxidative stress.

3. ENDURANCE DURING EXERCISE

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Pomegranates should most definitely have the same reputation as beetroot juice when it comes to their ability to boost physical performance.

This is because due to their super high antioxidant capacity they can help reduce muscle soreness during AND after exercise; plus fasten recovery time and reduce that oh so bad oxidative stress that is induced in the body during stressful exercise. I’m not for one second saying that exercise is bad, but it does produce free-radicals in the body which is why you need to make sure you are eating lots of high antioxidant rich foods if you work-out a lot, and most definitely if you’re an athlete.

4. ANTI AGING

moisturised skin

Pomegranates are a super slick anti aging food; again down to those powerful antioxidants that lie within the phenols in its ruby red colour. In fact, you have probably seen pomegranate extract being highlighted as the active ingredient in some anti aging creams and potions for these very reasons. Those fabulous antioxidants can help delay the signs of aging, reduce wrinkles, AND give your skin a youthful, beautiful glow.

5. SUPER HIGH IN VITAMIN C

bowl of pomegranate jewels

Just one Pomegranate contains over 40% of your daily vitamin C requirements. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that is needed in the body for a strong immune system, repair of connective tissue and blood vessels, skin anti aging, and cardiovascular health; all this  among many other things.

It’s always good to get your vitamin C from natural sources where possible as this will boost bio availability in the body. The body, clever little machine that it is, absorbs nutrients far better from whole food products left their natural state as they are much more natural that way.

Always make your own fruit juices:

If you are drinking pre-made fruit juices to get your vitamin C, then you will need to be sure that you either squeeze the fruit yourself; or make sure you’re buying only freshly squeezed and cold pressed products. Much of a juice’s vitamin C content will be lost in the pasteurization process which most supermarket juice’s have been through, making them lacking in this department.

6. ARTHRITIS

arthritic joints

The flavenols in pomegranates can help block the inflammation that contributes to cartilage damage and osteoarthritis. Studies are currently underway about the effects it may also have on other kinds of arthritis and joint inflammation; this means adding pomegranate to your diet may actually help aid motility.

7. HIGH NUTRIENT CONTENT

A great source of nourishing nutrients: pomegranates help keep you healthy from the inside out, and are high in not only vitamin C, but also vitamin K and vitamin E (another antioxidant vitamin), folate and potassium. This makes them one of nature’s healthiest natural multivitamins alongside a healthy diet.

8. ALZHEIMER’S

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As the pomegranate is so high in powerful antioxidants, it is believed that this may help stall the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe even help preserve your memory in the first place.

This, along with other antioxidant super foods such as turmeric could be a double whammy of protection for this debilitating illness. Try making your own homemade turmeric paste to go alongside your pomegranate and other antioxidant rich foods and you will be doing yourself a big favour in the brain aging department.

9. MAY LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE

heart disease

As one of the biggest killers of our times, heart disease takes center stage; but daily pomegranate juice may help protect both the heart and arteries. Some studies show that it can help improve blood flow to the heart and stop arteries from becoming thick and stiff, which is a precursor to heart disease.

The pomegranate’s high antioxidant content can also help bad cholesterol from accumulating in the first place, so it’s probably best (especially if you have family history of heart disease) to get in there early and start drinking it now!

10. ANTI VIRAL

As well as high amounts of vitamin C, pomegranates also contain the immune boosting antioxidant vitamin E, and these work in harmony together to help ward off and fight infections and illnesses.

11. POSSIBLE CANCER PREVENTION

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Recent research (though still in the preliminary stages) has discovered that pomegranate may hinder the growth of prostate cancer. Multiple studies are now being done to investigate this further, but results so far are encouraging and should be taken into consideration.

If you do happen to be at high risk of prostate or breast cancer, then adding pomegranate to your diet can only be of help considering the evidence so far. Pomegranate juice may also help fight pre-existing cancer cells due to it being so high in antioxidants.

12. ANEMIA

Pomegranates encourage healthy blood flow in the body, and will also offer iron to the blood, thus reducing the anemia symptoms of tiredness, weakness, and dizziness whilst boosting energy levels.

13. DIABETES

jug of pomegranate juice

Although pomegranates are high in fruit sugars, they are not ‘free sugars’ as they are attached to its unique phenolic antioxidants. At 6oz of juice per day, studies have shown that pomegranate juice did not raise blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics and this is a rare thing to find in fruit juices that have had their fiber removed. However, do rememver that pomegranate juice is high in calories and should be added against your daily allowance if you don’t want to gain weight.

Pomegranates, when consumed in moderation, can help to lower blood sugar and have been used for a long time by Ayurvedic practitioners to help treat diabetes, but of course, alongside a healthy low sugar diet as well.

14. DIGESTION

Pomegranates can help digestion by relieving and reducing the inflammation of the gut caused by crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases. However, it is recommended by most doctors to steer clear of pomegranate if you are already suffering from a bout of diarrhea as it could make it temporarily worse!

15. FERTILITY

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As the pomegranate’s powerful antioxidant content has such a high impact on oxidative stress (which lowers fertility in women and can cause sperm dysfunction in men), it makes it a great aid for boosting fertility.

It also boosts testosterone in both men and women, which heightens sex drive and makes chances of conceiving even higher for obvious reasons.

16. DENTAL PLAQUE

Due once again to its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, pomegranate can reduce the inflammation caused by dental plaque, and may also offer protection against some other oral diseases.

To conclude – Pomegranate health benefits

Be sure to always either eat the fresh pomegranate whole, or buy only the pure juice with ‘No Added Sugars’. Be sure to read labels as there are lots of ‘juice drinks’ on the market that only contain a very small percentage of actual pomegranate juice; they are definitely NOT the same, and will actually be harmful to health due to excess refined sugars, flavourings and additives.

Eating the whole fruit is a delicious way to get more pomegranate into your life, either alone as a snack, or added to meals and salads.

How to eat a pomegranate:-

pomegranate salad

You can either cut them in quarters and munch them straight out of their skin (like I do); can be messy so make sure you have some wet wipes to hand. Or you can de-jewel them as per video below and add them raw to salads, onto homemade granola or breakfast porridge, into smoothies, savoury couscous; or even add into certain fragrant cooked dishes, use as a splash of colour on deserts, or add into drinks and cocktails.

Pomegranate contraindications:-

Pomegranate juice is for the most part a wonderful and safe drink to consume; however some evidence suggest that it may interact with certain kinds of prescription drugs such as warfarin, and some drugs that treat high blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are taking any of these them you should check with your doctor first before drinking pomegranate juice on a regular basis.

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Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2019! And I myself have been living this healthful lifestyle for over 2 years and feel pretty awesome for it. So, I decided to design this website to share the experiences of my own plant based transformation with others; and to also show how I did it safely and healthily to ensure I met all my nutritional requirements.

Good nutrition has helped me through many health issues in the past. I have lived, breathed, studied, tried, and tested healthy foods and food fads for as long I can remember. but I know that plant based eating is most definitely here to stay. Additionally, I have studied Sports Nutritional Advisory, Nutritional Therapy, and Clinical Weight Loss to add to my knowledge and understanding of nutritional human needs.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical disease or illness. It's merely meant as a way of showing you how to boost your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods, instead of junk foods.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by! Have a happy plant based life, and please feel free to drop me a line in the comments thread below any time :)

24 thoughts on “Pomegranate Health Benefits – A High Antioxidant Superfood!”

  1. This is pretty awesome information you got here.

    I have ate maybe 2 pomegranates in my life, and one was here recently.

    They are a bit of a hassle to prepare, but knowing all these benefits I should be more motivated to include these into my diet! It’s definitely worth it.

    I would like to reference this page on my website sometime as I plan on using pomegrantes on my food lists.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Brandon, well I’m glad you have had a more recent taste of pomegranates as they really are delicious, especially if you get a good one. Sometimes they taste better than others, I think this depends on where they have come from and the season etc. At this time of year in Britain they seem to be available in the supermarkets at their cheapest and best so I’m in pomegranate heaven at the moment (much to my boyfriends dismay because I make such a mess with them and they satin ha ha).

      Yes. they can be a hassle to prepare unfortunately, but there are easy ways in which to do this. You should check out the YouTube video at the bottom of the post itself and you will see it can be pretty simple.

  2. Hi Stefanie,

    I grew up eating Pomegranates and love them. I didn’t know they had been used medicinally for that long, it’s fantastic. I already knew they were antioxidants.

    Reading your article has educated me on so much more along with watching the video, another method to peel them!

    Thanks,

    Patsy

    • Hi Patsy, yes I grew up with pomegranates too, but as kid I didn’t really like them with all those hard seeds I thought they were such a pain to eat. Well now I love them and probably eat one every day, which prompted me to do this post. In my research I found out that they have all these amazing other benefits that I was unaware of which was quite mind blowing. So, I’m definitely keeping up my pomegranate a day habit ha ha. I’m glad you enjoy them too!

  3. It’s so true that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and illnesses. So many people are unaware of this and thus do nothing to target the cause of the inflamation.

    The American diet is full of highly acidic foods which contributes to the epidemic of inflammation. So many people are unaware that what they’re stuffing in their mouths is actually killing them.

    Pomegranates are an example of an anti-inflammatory, plant -based food that can help get the body in an alkaline state, which in turn contributes to good health. But really, how many Americans know the difference between alkilinity and acidity as it relates to their overall health?

    Great post…

    • Hi Howard, thank you for your comment. I’m sorry it took me so long to reply but for some reason it ended up in my spam box. Really weird, and only pure chance that I saw it.

      Anyways, you are just so right about the American diet, and the British one for that matter as we are just as bad over here. In fact we are the second leading country in the world for obesity…the US is first. Where did it all go so wrong hey? Also, the sad thing is, many other countries are now following suit with the standard American diet, and a lot of it can be blamed on worldwide fast food chains. I don’t need to name them I’m sure.

      Luckily, the internet is doing us a favour in a way because the information about health and how food is killing us it at our fingertips. I can only hope that it makes a difference in time as more and more people want to help themselves.

      The plant based diet is really taking off here in the UK with predictions of Veganism becoming mainstream in 2018, so as you can imagine this has got me rather exited in terms of my website. Fingers crossed!

  4. Hi Stefanie. Thank you for this information about pomegranates, which we love in our family. I’m so glad to find out that it has so many health benefits and will be stocking up a few more after reading this.
    One question: do you have any other way to eat them other than raw putting the seeds in a salad? I’d love to have a few more options.
    Thank you. Gail

    • Hi Gail, yes I’m a total sucker for pomegranates too! I have one every day but I usually just eat as it is so I don’t have a big repertoire of recipes. However I did just have a quick scout on the internet and found a website that has quite a few interesting things you can make with them. Hope this helps.

  5. Great article! I loooove pomegranates. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all the toxic chemicals in your life with healthy organic alternatives. Its completely changed my life and how I feel everyday!

    Keep up the great content!

    • Hi Jamie, thanks for your comment, I know pomegranates are awesome! And I will take a look at your review but I have taken the link off as I don’t want other peoples links in my comment thread simply because I have had a nightmare with it in the past, as in 404 errors etc. Sorry, but do appreciate your comment. Have a great day!

    • Hi Nancy,hey that’s great you’ve given me another benefit to add to the list, and what a great one it is too. That’s brilliant because I also do a lot of posts on weight loss foods and I didn’t come across pomegranates for that reason yet. Cool!

  6. Absolutely love poms, I dry them and add them to some of my tea blends for many of the reasons listed above. Yumm keep up the good work!!

    • Hi Susan, wow that sounds delicious, pomegranate tea literally made from scratch. I’m definitely going to try this one as it gives me some pomegranate variety. I usually just eat them straight out of the skin fresh, but have been looking for some new ideas and ways to eat them. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Dear Stefanie
    My toddlers really love eating pomegranate and I am really pleased that they have chosen their favorite fruit so wisely! Much less can be said of me, since I am not too keen on it even though I do try it from time to time. Now, after reading your posts, I shall be making a renewed effort and plan to stick to it!
    It is just amazing the amount of goodness in one fruit!
    Best,
    Alenka

    • Hi Alenka, that’s great that your toddlers love pomegranates, I’d be really happy about that as I’m sure they will go along way to keeping them super healthy! They really are at their best when you can get hold of the really dark red coloured ones as the flavour is much more intense. I guess we can say that about most fruit really as it’s not all created equal. Buying them in season helps though! Thanks for reading.

  8. Hi Stefanie,

    I have always been the type of person who’d try a natural alternative over pharmaceutical drug when possible, and now I may have to make pomegranate a part of my diet. The only time I remember having fresh pomegranate was in a salad, but after reading the many benefits it has for the human body, I’m thinking of what stores around me sell them fresh.

    Thank you for the informative post.

    • Hi there, yes I’m definitely all for the natural alternatives too! In fact, I work in a herbal apothecary so I know all about them and have seen some amazing things due to people taking the natural route for their health. Pomegranates are just brimming with nutrients, and honestly I was surprised myself when I researched for this article and realised they were even better than I thought.

      I’ve just been out and bought myself a box full as I now intend on eating one every day.

  9. Hi and thanks for sharing these interesting facts about the Pomegranate Health Benefits.

    We have a few plants here on our grounds but I don’t known too much about their health benefits.

    I will now take much better care of the bushes from now on.

    I really like to eat the ripe fruits, they are juicy and sweet.

    • Hi Stefan, yes pomegranates are my favorite fruit these days, so good when you get a really nice dark red, ripe one. In fact, there is nothing better than ripe fruit, they all taste good. You take care of those fruit bushes as they have been put there for you to eat by mother nature ha ha.

  10. This is such a great and useful post about pomegranates, I love the facts you have mentioned about this super fruit. I love pomegranate and now I know all about it as you have shared a detailed facts about it, thank you Stefanie for such a great post.

    • Yes, I have one of these every day. It’s my evening treat and keeps me way from the chocolate. I’m glad you enjoyed the article, they really are a nutritious sweet fruit that really hit the spot, especially if you a having sugar cravings. Yummy!

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