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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pomegranate

Pomegranate health benefits are wide and varied according to most internet sites that you read online. They have been called a super fruit and seem to be found on every
Pomegranate

Pomegranate

supermarket shelf now in the western world. The fruit comes in all forms nowadays and the products range from juices and smoothies to jams and jellies. To be honest the fruit came as quite a shock to me because for most of my life I have been into health and fitness and I had never came across the fruit before. But now suddenly within three years the fruit has went from being unknown to being on my super market shelf.

What I find odd is that the pomegranate fruit has been around for centuries and has been grown and eaten all over the Middle East and Asia. The ancient people at the time of Moses seemed to hold the fruit in high esteem and at the time the fruit was seen as a symbol of life, health and fertility. Now it seems to me that the ancients seemed to know something all those centuries ago that we are only finding out now. So what seems to be the important benefits that is being attributed to this fruit:

Protection against heart problems and disease.

Pomegranates in some of the clinical tests have shown to help lower the levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the blood as well as helping to lower high blood pressure. If this is true then this can greatly reduce a persons chances of having heart problems or a stroke.

Protection against some cancers.

For me one of the greatest benefits pomegranates might hold is that it has shown to help fight certain cancers. The fruit has high levels of flavanoids which is an antioxidant. This type of antioxidant is known to help fight against free radicals. The clinical tests have shown the fruit to help against prostate and breast cancers.

Oral hygiene.

Some test results has shown that drinking pomegranate juice regularly can help reduce dental plague and gum disease. This is important because more people are suffering from these conditions nowadays due to the extra salts and sugars being added to food.

These are just three pomegranate health benefits that I thought should get a mention. I would like to point out that none of the results from the tests have been found to be conclusive. These are just some of the results that the medical industry have released. These early results do look impressive and I do hope that the results the fruit has shown against cancer are found to be true.

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