With the potential to support many aspects of health, from immunity to brain health, pomegranates are worth adding to your healthy eating routine.
Pomegranates in their whole fruit form are low in calories and fat and high in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They even contain some protein.
Pomegranates are rich in an array of antioxidant compounds that help protect your cells from free radical damage.
Although more research is needed, pomegranates contain compounds that may help prevent chronic inflammation associated with increased chronic disease risk.
Pomegranate has been observed to have anticancer effects. It may slow tumor growth and spread and reduce inflammation, although more research is needed to learn more.
Compounds in pomegranate may reduce blood pressure and inflammation in the arteries, help fight plaque buildup that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, and reduce heart-related chest pain.
Pomegranates contain compounds that may improve exercise endurance and recovery.
Compounds in pomegranate may help protect brain health, especially when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and recovery from brain injury.
Pomegranates contain compounds that help fight off potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, and yeasts — particularly germs in the mouth that can cause bad breath and tooth decay.
Compounds in pomegranate may help reduce kidney stones, possibly as a result of their antioxidant properties.