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11 reasons why Pomegranate is back in the spotlight

India Health Trending: Pomegranate, a tropical fruit has been a symbol of fertility in folklore worldwide. A new study has brought this exotic produce back on top of must-have health ingredients

Pomegranate, called Anaar in Hindi from its origin in Northern India, is well-known as a good source of nutrients. It provides you with Vitamin C and has useful fibre if you eat the seeds.
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In a latest development, clinical researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the second-largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 21, 2019, published their study that explored whether Pomegranate extract could help in developing brains of newborns when they are in their mother's womb, especially those with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

This study was published in the science journal, PLOS ONE, in which a community of researchers, from Nobel laureates to the early ones, regularly publish their findings.

Although you may want to have the Pomegranate or its extracts in fresh form, fear of contamination such as the effect of wind splashed rain on the fruit may stop you from having it. See: Study from Vikaspedia, a portal developed as part of the India Development Gateway initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India and implemented by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Hyderabad.

If you make juice at home or have the whole fruit, ensure you wash the produce thoroughly under running water.

Store-bought juices or their extracts can be nutritious, too. They are pasteurized, processed.

You may choose to buy:

Dabur's Real Fruit Power, Pomegranate, 1L (Pack of 2) :  A vegetarian product, this pack claims to be rich in natural antioxidant nutrients, does not have any added colour or preservatives, and boosts up your immunity levels.

Chtoura Garden Pomegranate Molasses, 500 ML : A vegetarian product, it claims to be 100% natural, goes well with salad dressings because of its sweet and sour taste or in desserts. Also, good for creating cordials and sorbets.

Go Organic Pomegranate Peel Powder, 150 g :  This extract from the fruit's peels claims to prevent the breakdown of collagen (pronounced: kol-uh-juh n), and when applied topically, can promote cell growth. Also helpful in fighting acne, pimple scars. Can also be used in hair masks to remove dandruff and prevent hair loss.

Namdhari's Fresh Pomegranate (1 Kg) : This fresh, whole fruit produce claims to be own grown, hygienically packed, and safe for consumption.

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Apart from the above newly discovered reason on why Pomegranate is in the spotlight, this fruit is beneficial for/as:

1. Antioxidant

The red colour of the Pomegranate seeds come from Polyphenols or micronutrients. These polyphenols are rich in antioxidants that provide several health benefits.

2. Helps Diabetes

According to Israel21c, a Technion-Israel Institute of Technology study discovered that antioxidants found in pomegranate juice may be especially beneficial for diabetes patients. WebMD, a portal that provides health information, tools and support for managing your health, citing this same study quoted the lead researcher, Professor Michael Aviram saying: "In most juices, sugars are present in free - and harmful - forms. In Pomegranate juice, however, the sugars are attached to unique antioxidants, which actually make these sugars protective against atherosclerosis."

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of atherosclerosis, a form of hardening of the arteries.

3. Helps Boost Memory

Hindawi, a United Kingdom-based portal that promotes and publishes open research studies, says that Pomegranate juice helps improve memory and fMRI activity in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints. fMRI stands for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging or functional MRI. It measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow.

4. Reduces Blood Pressure 

Pomegranate seed oil, says, Rxlist, may improve triglycerides and “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels. Rxlist is an online medical resource, acquired by WebMD. The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), part of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, says that "rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, and drinking pomegranate juice has been reported to reduce blood pressure."

5. Helpful for Arthritis

San Francisco and New York-based Healthline says that "one of the foods most often recommended for symptom and inflammation reduction is pomegranate. Pomegranate is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and it’s rich in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants." Other reports have suggested that flavonols in pomegranate juice may help arrest the inflammation that triggers osteoarthritis and cartilage destroying enzyme.

6. Helps Digestion

Having Pomegranate juice is known to help and improve digestion as its friendly constituents reduce any inflammation of your gut. It's ideally suited for those with inflammatory bowel disorders. When mixed with honey and taken, it may also help get rid of giddiness.

7. Anti-ageing and face punch

The Times of India got skin doctors to reveal tips on creating Do It Yourself protection of skin treatment. One of the participants, Dr Saumya Shetty Hegde, suggested making a face pack using Pomegranate paste and a tablespoon of honey. "Apply this paste on your face and neck and wash it off with rose water after 30 minutes," Dr Hegde suggested. According to her, because Pomegranate is a rich source of vitamin C it also has anti-ageing properties. She also recommended applying probiotic curd properly on the face as a pack and wash it off after 5 minutes.

8. Good for controlling Heart Disease

Researchers have found that this fruit and its extracts offer great benefits for your cardiovascular system. It prevents damage to the arterial walls and besides preventing hardening of arteries, thus reducing blood vessel damage.

9. Good for athletes and workout enthusiasts

Studies have shown that Pomegranate is good for athletes and those who workout or exercise regularly. The healthy compounds in the fruit help reduce muscle soreness and speedy recovery from any damage caused by exercise.

10. A friend for your libido and fertility

If you are looking to have increased levels of testosterone and do not want to consider taking any pills, a glass of Pomegranate juice a day will give you encouraging results. The rich oxidants in this fruit may boost male fertility by improving sperm concentration.

Today, you can even buy Pomegranate plants online, including Bonsai ones. See:

Nelesa Gardening Live Pomegranate Fruit Plant

Vamsha Nature Care Live Bonsai Dwarf Pomegranate Afghan variety

All Season Gardens Rare Dwarf Turkey Giant Pomegranate Punica Granatum Fruit Plant - 
1 Healthy Live Plant

Other Pomegranate-based extracts available are:

Pristine Naturals 100% Pure Pomegranate Juice, Guaranteed (500ml x 5)

Chalowkart® Easy Plastic Pomegranate (Anar) Seed Extractor, Cutter with Oranges Juicer

Ryaal Pomegranate Seed Oil for Hair Skin and Nails (15ml)

Finally, if you are a Kaun Banega Crorepati fan as well as a General Knowledge enthusiast, you may want to know how many seeds does a Pomegranate fruit have?

It is said to contain 613 seeds, but there's an allowance for an error of +/- 200! You may want to count them with your loved ones during a lazy weekend.




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