Health Benefits of Pomegranate And Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate and pomegranate juice health benefits are numerous and their regular consumption can help fight variety of human disorders. Pomegranate, pomegranate juice, pomegranate extracts and other pomegranate products are continuously tested in various clinical trials to prove or disprove their beneficial properties.
Nutrition facts of pomegranate and pomegranate juice, per 100g, is given in the following table (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base):
|Energy||83 kcal||54 kcal|
|Protein||1.67 g||0.15 g|
|Total Fats||1.17 g||0.29 g|
|Cholesterol||0 mg||0 mg|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g||0.10 g|
|Carbohydrates||18.7 g||13.13 g|
|Sodium, Na||3 mg||9 mg|
|Magnesium, Mg||12 mg||7 mg|
|Potassium, K||236 mg||214 mg|
|Zinc, Zn||0.35 mg||0.09 mg|
|Manganese, Mn||0.12 mg||0.10 mg|
|Iron, Fe||0.30 mg||0.10 mg|
|Phosphoros, P||36 mg||11 mg|
|Calcium, Ca||10 mg||11 mg|
|Vitamin C||10.2 mg||0.1 mg|
|Vitamin E||0.60 mg||0.38 mg|
|Thiamin||0.07 mg||0.01 mg|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.38 mg||0.28 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.07 mg||0.04 mg|
|Niacin||0.29 mg||0.23 mg|
|Folate||38 µg||24 µg|
|Riboflavin||0.05 mg||0.01 mg|
There is an obvious difference between pomegranate and pomegranate juice, since juice is lacking all the nutrients that can be found in the seeds. Keep in mind that pomegranate juice contains almost no fibers, unlike pomegranate.
Note: vitamin and mineral levels differ from database to database, since macro and micronutrient content depend on pomegranate variety, growing conditions, ripeness level etc. For example, some sources state vitamin C content around 120 mg per 100 g of edible fruits. Some even much more...
Pomegranate and pomegranate juice contain number of vitamins and minerals in decent amounts, while they contain no cholesterol and are also very low on sodium. They also contain other compounds that are beneficial to human health.
Ellagic acid help in skin cells regeneration, protects collagen, guards against UV light, prevents damage from sun, protects against skin cancer etc.
Anthocycanins protect cells from oxidative damage and stress, protect DNA and help boost antioxidants levels in the body.
Punicalagins help renew cells, smooths skin and prevent wrinkles - help in keeping skin younger and healthier.
Also, pomegranate and pomegranate juice help fight nausea and morning sickness, provide dental protection, they are potent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agents, they help destroy intestinal worms, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, improve erectile dysfunction, help improve memory, boost immune system, etc.
Again, pomegranate, pomegranate juice and other pomegranate products are being continuously tested in various clinical trials in order to prove or disprove their beneficial properties - pomegranate in various forms has been used for treating various health issues and if it worked for ancient Greeks and Egyptians, it will work for us, too :)
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Pomegranate is a healthy fruit, and it should be part of a balanced diet. Especially if pomegranate trees are grown in the backyard garden ...