The tree that gives us this wonderful fruit is the pomegranate, it is native to Asia and flowers between April and June and can survive up to 100 meters above sea level, it is also planted nowadays on the Mediterranean coast, in South America, Australia or South Africa.
It is also known that it was used by the Egyptians to make a kind of wine, and that it was cultivated in the hanging gardens of Babylon (it was recommended by Hippocrates against fever).
This fruit is famous in the Bible and was brought to Europe by the Berbers. Mythology and popular beliefs around this fruit are numerous.
For example, on Java it is used in pregnancy rituals, among Greeks it is said that the first tree was planted by Aphrodite, and the Chinese offer it to newlyweds for fertility.
What are the benefits of the pomegranate
With such a presentation, you probably want to eat a good and sweet pomegranate. You can also enjoy the properties of its juice. This super fruit is very nutritious because it brings us minerals (calcium, iron and potassium), vitamins (A, C and E in addition to the B5) and contains a lot of fiber.
Among the benefits of pomegranate juice, there are several:
1. Pomegranate juice has an anti-cancer action
This is not a cure for this terrible disease, however the pomegranate helps to reduce the symptoms and is a good complement for conventional treatments. And if you want to reduce the risk of getting cancer, you should put yourself in pomegranate juice because it has a curative and preventive action on this disease.
Pomegranate has many components that destroy or weaken carcinogenic cells. To delay the progression of prostate cancer in men it is recommended a cup of this juice a day.
One study suggested that pomegranate juice had a preventive effect on the appearance of cancers such as prostate cancer (and beneficial to the urinary system in general).
Pomegranate is also beneficial for erectile disorders that many men suffer from. Indeed, its action is beneficial because the pomegranate juice increases the blood flow in the cavernous body. One animal study and another performed with men with erectile dysfunction demonstrated the benefit of pomegranate juice.
In addition, by decreasing the level of estrogen in the body, pomegranate also prevents breast cancer.
2. Depurative and curative
Pomegranate has antigenic properties , which means that it prevents cancer cells from getting the blood supply they need to grow!
It is also excellent for the liver because it strengthens it and helps eliminate toxins . Thus the blood detoxifies and purifies itself.
A glass of pomegranate juice a day for three months improves blood flow. Thanks to its high content of citric acid, potassium and water, pomegranates favor the elimination of liquids as well as a good renal function.
It is recommended for people with hypertension, hyperuricemia or blood clots.
3. The grenade has an antistress power
Drinking the juice of a pomegranate every morning on an empty stomach increases positive emotions, vitality and concentration. Pomegranate also reduces anxiety and stress. It is used in cases of insomnia or chronic fatigue, and it helps us to de-stress.
4. Cardio Protector, the pomegranate has a beneficial action on the heart and vascular system
Drinking pomegranate juice several times a week reduces cholesterol levels in the blood and prevents certain diseases such as hypertension.
5. It also decreases the risk of suffering from arteriosclerosis.
This fruit avoids the formation of atheroma plaques on the walls of the arteries and thus avoids pathological hardening.
After two weeks drinking pomegranate juice daily, volunteers from a research project at the University of Naples (Italy) showed a systolic pressure decreased by 5%.
Thanks to its high potassium content, it is perfect for people with high blood pressure. In addition, it contains nitric oxide that relaxes muscles, allows vasodilation and regulates blood flow.
6. Pomegranate lowers cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fat that is necessary for the proper functioning of our body. However, it happens that our body has too much cholesterol because of a diet too full of saturated fatty acids, stress, or disease.
It has a beneficial effect on cholesterol, indeed, studies have shown that it lowers the rate of bad cholesterol (LDL).
7. It is a neuro-protective agent decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders
It is indeed a neuroprotector, which has a beneficial action both to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and to repair damaged brain cells.
According to research from the University of Washington (USA), scientists have concluded that pomegranate consumed by pregnant women protects the fetus from possible lesions at the time of delivery (especially if the baby is born prematurely) .
- When childbirth is advanced, there is not enough blood flow in the child’s brain and oxygen decreases.
- Apparently, the juice of this fruit reduces brain damage or even neurological dysfunctions such as Alzheimer’s.
Both fruit and pomegranate juice are allies for weight gain. It is a perfect supplement for people on the diet because it helps to eliminate accumulated toxins, and is diuretic and satiates.
It also provides the energy to exercise.
Thanks to the amount of antioxidants that pomegranate brings us, it strengthens our immune system and prevents us from getting sick, especially in winter.
Eating pomegranate juice in the fall increases your body’s defenses so you can cope with the flu, colds and infections.
10. Pomegranate improves memory.
Even if you do not have neurological disorders, pomegranate juice is beneficial for your brain because it improves its memory capabilities.
A study of 28 elderly people with minimal memory impairment noted a large improvement in memory markers among those consuming pomegranate juice.
11. Pomegranate improves physical performance and boosts your bacterial and viral immunity
Scientists have conducted a study of athletes with pomegranate juice 30 minutes before they are physically challenged. Result? Their blood flow was greater, and their muscles better oxygenated, which reduced their fatigue and allowed them to hold longer with high performance. A real dope 100% natural and without risks.
Pomegranate has antibacterial and antiviral properties! It helps to protect the body from the most common assaults, especially those of the mouth: gingivitis, periodontitis, and other infections.
Obviously the pomegranate (and its juice) have other benefits! Here is a small list:
- Prevents the appearance of premature wrinkles.
- Fight against stomach upset, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Increases the amount of sperm.
- Avoids the breakdown of cartilage.
- Reduces the symptoms of menopause
- Helps absorb iron and reduce anemia.
- Treat inflammations .
- Improves cases of pharyngitis, sinusitis and otitis.
- Decreases the symptoms of hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis and dysentery.
- Increases the desire.
- Help top athletes.
Use freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, preferably by yourself, rather than industrial, pasteurized juices, which have lost most of their enzymes, nutrients and vitamins.
Do not hesitate to consume pomegranate juice! It is very good, healthy and has many health benefits.
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