Pomegranate Seeds: 10 Health Benefits Of Eating The Fruit Daily
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Peeling and deseeding them might feel like a huge, time-taking chore, but the fact still remains that pomegranate seeds add a lot of beauty and a burst of sweetness to any dish they are a part of. From salads to chaats to a loaded plate of dahi vada, the red gem-like pomegranate seeds can provide a splash of colour and flavour to most dishes, whether they are Indian or European. In fact, did you know that pomegranate seeds have been around for centuries and are also mentioned in European mythologies? 

Grown across the Mediterranean region and believed to have first originated in ancient Persia, pomegranate seeds have been associated with the legend of Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and Hades. In India, pomegranates have also been grown for centuries in the regions of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. In fact, tales of Bijapur, a kingdom in what is now Karnataka, has been famed for pomegranate production for centuries.  

Naturally then, pomegranates have been a cherished Indian fruit for ages, and its bright-red seeds have bejewelled out recipes for a long time. But did you know that eating pomegranate seeds also has a lot of health benefits to provide? Like all fresh fruits, pomegranates are loaded with essential nutrients that you need for your health. Here are 10 reasons why pomegranate seeds should be a part of your daily diet. 

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Rich In Antioxidants 

Antioxidants are known to be beneficial for health for a number of reasons. Not only do these bioactive compounds help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, but also reduce oxidative stress and the cell damage resulting from it. Pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols, which can provide you with a boost of antioxidants for overall health. 

Heart Health 

Most of the antioxidants present in pomegranate seeds, especially the polyphenols, anthocyanins and tannins, have been shown by studies to have a positive effect on heart health. These antioxidants can help keep blood pressure in control, reduce bad cholesterol levels and improve the function of the blood vessels—all of which can combine to improve cardiovascular health. 

Anti-Inflammation Benefit 

Chronic inflammation can not only cause pain and infections but also lead to chronic diseases. Apart from the antioxidants mentioned above, pomegranate seeds are also loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce any risk of chronic diseases. The list of inflammatory diseases pomegranate seeds can help control are heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer. 

Digestion Improvement 

Thanks to its edible seeds, pomegranate is loaded with dietary fibre. In case you didn’t know, dietary fibre is famed for supporting digestive health by adding bulk to stool, preventing constipation, promoting healthy gut microbiome and regularising your bowel movements. So, eating pomegranate seeds is simply great for digestion. 

Skin Health 

Another role that antioxidant-rich fruits like pomegranate play is in the realm of skin health. The antioxidants in pomegranate seeds can help protect the skin from UV damage, environmental pollutants and reduce the risk of premature ageing. Further, pomegranate seed oil can be used in skincare products for similar benefits for the skin. 

Arthritis Relief 

Did you know that arthritis can cause debilitating pain in the joints, especially as you age? Caused primarily by inflammation and bone density reduction with age, arthritis can be treated with natural dietary additions like pomegranate seeds. Loaded with antioxidants and minerals, pomegranate seeds can indeed reduce the risk of arthritis. 

Cognitive Function 

Many studies suggest that pomegranate seeds can enhance cognitive function and memory thanks to their antioxidant, vitamin and mineral content. The antioxidants in pomegranate seeds are known to protect brain cells from oxidative stress and cell damage, reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

Immunity Support 

Rich in vitamin C and other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pomegranate seeds can give your immune system a much-needed boost. This in turn can bolster your immune system against seasonal infections like flu and viral and bacterial infections too. It is equally important to maintain a balanced diet for immunity. 

Weight Loss 

Low in calories but high in dietary fibre and other nutrients, pomegranate seeds can be a part of your weight loss diet as a satisfying and nutritious snack. The high fibre content in the seeds can also help improve satiety and fullness, control cravings and support long-term weight management goals for all.  

Cancer Prevention 

Some studies suggest that antioxidants in pomegranate seeds can help reduce the risk of cancer. To be precise, the ellagic acid and punicalagins in pomegranate seeds have been shown by studies to have powerful anti-cancer properties. These can help reduce the growth of cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumours, especially where breast and prostate cancer are concerned.