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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Eating or drinking pomegranate juice every day then we will get a myriad of health benefits. Various scientific studies have proven it. What is pomegranate? Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is derived from French, pome garnete, means apple which has seeds. Besides the taste is fresh and sweet, the fruit is preferred because of its benefits.

One of the most well-known benefits of the pomegranate is to protect the heart. A study showed that pomegranate juice consumption is about 8 ounces per day for 3 months will help reduce levels of bad cholesterol, increase blood circulation to the heart in patients with coronary heart disease, reduce the narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the brain, as well as lowering blood pressure.

Many experts said more research is needed before concluding the pomegranate as the prevention of heart disease. But many experts are optimistic with this fruit. Moreover, the study found no negative side effects of pomegranate juice consumption.

Pomegranate also contains anti-cancer. The red and sweet fruit is known to make cancer cells destroy themselves or also called apoptosis process. Lab studies showed that pomegranate juice which is not sweetened will trigger apoptosis in cancer cells of breast, prostate and colon by activating genes and enzymes that regulate apoptosis.

Eating or drinking pomegranate juice is able to help prevent and reduce some types of breast cancer. Through a study, found that pomegranates contain phytochemicals called ellagitannin in large quantities. The content is able to reduce the progression of breast cancer cells that are responsive to estrogen.

According to researchers from the division of Tumor Cell Biology and the Breast Cancer Research Program at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., ellagitannin in pomegranates work by blocking aromatase, a key enzyme the body uses to produce estrogen, and has a key role in the development of breast cancer.

In addition pomegranate juice has antioxidants three times higher than green tea or red wine. As is known antioxidants will combat free radicals that damage DNA that can trigger cancer.

According to the literature, the pomegranate is rich in antioxidant polyphenols such as tannins and anthocyanins. Karen Collins, nutrition experts from the American Institute for Cancer Research said that in fact, the antioxidants in pomegranate much more than green tea or cranberry juice.

The content of anti-oxidants in pomegranate are known to prevent the occurrence plaque in blood vessels, also reduce levels of bad cholesterol, LDL.


Judy Haughton-James said...

Very interesting and informative! We have pomegranate in Jamaica. I am a new Follower of your Blog.

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