It makes food taste delicious and keeps you full for long. 1
A research study showed that participants who had a pomegranate supplement before their meals, ate 22 percent less than the control group who were given a placebo. Participants also found the same food much more delicious than their non-supplemental counterparts. Additionally, they experienced 12 percent less hunger, a 21 percent reduction in their desire to eat, an increased satisfaction of 15 percent, and 16 percent more fullness. The reason behind this reduced appetite, according to experts, could be attributed to the presence of powerful polyphenols in this super fruit.
It stops the build-up of plaque in our blood vessels. 2
Pomegranate protects us against atherogenesis by shielding the walls of our vessels from plaque. It prevents the cholesterol from oxidizing, which can otherwise cause atherosclerosis. The fruit has even been shown to reduce the amount of plaque already built up. The strong antioxidant properties gives them the power to protect the integrity of our circulatory system. A study has shown that consistently consuming 8 ounces of pomegranate juice for three months increased the flow of oxygen into the heart muscles.
It slows the progression of prostate cancer. 3
Research shows that although not a cure, pomegranate juice does suppress the growth and proliferation of cancerous cells. The antioxidants in this super food can shield our DNA from harm, while repairing the damage already occurred. Experts recommend the addition of pomegranate to a plant based diet to reap the maximum benefits. Some research has also shown pomegranate to lower the risk for breast cancer.
There's a chance it fights osteoarthritis. 5
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage present at the end of each bone breaks down, which causes bone loss and inflammation. Studies have shown that pomegranate extracts may prevent osteoarthritis by blocking the enzyme responsible for cartilage degradation and joint damage. It also lowers the amount of interleukin-1b, which is a chemical that promotes inflammation. It may protect the integrity of our joints and bones. If you have a weak skeletal system, you may benefit from adding this fruit in your diet.