Pomegranates are nutritious fruits which contain more vitamin C, pound for pound, than oranges. They actually contain almost 50% of an adult’s vitamin C daily requirements. They are also rich in the anti-oxidant plant chemicals, anthocyanins and ellagic acid, both of which have excellent healing properties.
They can be enjoyed as a fruit or as juice. Other common uses are as a useful ingredient, in the form of molasses, in many delicious dishes, as well as in jellies and sauces. Whichever way you choose to eat them, you are bound to reap the healing properties of pomegranates.
Pomegranates have been shown to reduce the blood concentrations of both total cholesterol and low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol), whilst raising the concentration of the good cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL). This together with the antioxidant properties of pomegranates help them lower the risks of cardiovascular disease. In fact, pomegranate juice may contain up to three times the antioxidant capacity of an equal amount of red wine. Drinking the juice daily helps improve heart health.
Pomegranate juice has also been shown to reduce the risks of infection in kidney patients on dialysis. This is besides the other health benefits they have by virtue of being of plant origin. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which helps keep blood sugar levels steady and also lower blood cholesterol levels.
Pomegranates are, by no means, the only fruits with healing properties. Eating a variety of other fruits and vegetables will ensure that you get a whole host of other good and beneficial nutrients that are not available from pomegranates, alone. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a crucial part of healthy eating. Eating at least five portions of fruits and vegetables daily, is a good start.
Tips to improve fruit intake:
- eat different fruits – variety is the spice of life
- fruits in school or work bag – encourages you to snack on fruits rather than the unhealthy options
- fruits on your work desk – encourages you to snack on fruits rather than the unhealthy options
- smoothies – can easily achieve and maintain your five a day plan
- fruit cocktails – can mask taste of the not-so-nice-tasting-but-nutritious fruits
Now, because the aim of this exercise is to help improve one’s health outcomes and maintain one’s body at optimum performance levels, one could do well to choose one’s fruits sensibly. Some fruits contain more calories than others, and may inadvertently be detrimental to those on calorie-watching diets like diabetics and those trying to lose weight.