Pomegranate is a small tree up to 5 meter in height. The bark of the pomegranate tree is light brown with red buds and young shoots. The leaves are small, opposite, glossy and almost evergreen. The large and attractive pomegranate flowers are orange-red. The characteristic large pomegranate fruits are crowned with a calyx and contain numerous seeds in juice containing sacs.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate
Eases Digestive Problems
Pomegranate rind, bark, and leaves were used to calm an upset stomach, diarrhea and other digestive problems. Drinking a tea made from the leaves and bark of this plant can make your digestive symptoms disappear. In fact, some say that pomegranate can be used for dysentery and cholera as well. However, if you have chronic diarrhea or other serious digestive problems, you should seek medical attention before drinking or taking any alternative cures.
Prevents Strokes And Other Heart Ailments
A stroke is believed to be caused by the thickening of the arteries, which can be due to cholesterol buildup. Research shows that drinking pomegranate juice and eating the fruit is helpful in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Furthermore, it is also a blood thinner, so blood clots are prevented from forming.
Reduces Risk Of Certain Cancers
People with a high risk of developing prostate and breast cancer should start drinking the juice of this fruit. Although further studies in humans are being done to establish the importance of this fruit in reducing cancer risks, there have been a number of researches done in mice that already show positive results; one of which showed that growths of tumors in lab mice slowed down dramatically when given a regular dose of pomegranate extract.
Helps Prevent Osteoarthritis And Other Bone-related Diseases
According to a study conducted by the Case Western Reserve University, pomegranate showed great potential in treating arthritis. People with this ailment know that pain associated with the disease is mainly caused by the poor cartilage health. Well, pomegranate extracts contain antioxidants that not only eases inflammation of the joints, but more importantly, it also prevents the degradation of cartilage. Also, pomegranate helps in preventing the creation of enzymes that are responsible for breaking down connective tissues.
Other benefits of pomegranate juice include the decrease of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Pomegranate juice is beneficial in regulating platelet motion. Normal vascular contraction can be maintained with Pomegranate juice. The motion of antiotension converting enzyme (ACE) is reduced as another benefit of pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice is also beneficial to maintaining normal cell function, promoting proper replication. Pomegranate juice can also promote dental health as well. Pomegranate juice prevents the build up of the plaque on the teeth.