More and more studies are showing us many health benefits of the juice of pomegranate. In fact, it is rare that a single fruit has many properties alone. Pomegranate is a fruit rich in vitamin C, providing body with approximately 16% of the daily requirement per 100 ml. It is also a source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), natural phenols, potassium and vitamins E, A and folic acid.
Ayurvedic medicine uses various parts of this fruit for its many medicinal properties i.e. bark, seeds, flowers, juice, etc. and considers that certain strains of juice of this fruit reduce the development of cataracts. However, studies are still not enough to say that there is a proven evidence of its benefits. However, these are some of the most interesting results of research conducted.
Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice a day increases sexual desire in both sexes, because it increases levels of testosterone, a hormone that exists in men and women and stimulates sexual desire and strengthens bones and muscles. There is also some evidence that pomegranate juice may help relieve erectile dysfunction.
It helps relieve stress, causes an increase in wellbeing and positive emotions, increasing the overall level of activity and vitality.
It helps reduce levels of cholesterol (LDL, the bad cholesterol) due to its antioxidant properties.
The juice of this fruit reduces the risk of heart attack and helps keep arteries free of buildup of fatty deposits and it also appears to improve blood flow to the heart.
Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice a day can produce a slight drop in blood pressure.
It may reduce the progression of prostate cancer. It is also considered that it could be beneficial in other cancers. It is thought that these effects may be due to containing polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins which play an important role in killing cancer cells.
It helps to redistribute fat around the body, eliminating accumulation in abdomen and it also makes reduction in waist circumference.
It contains high levels of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals and prevent DNA damage.
It can help prevent the deterioration of cartilage and also reduces inflammation enzymes. Its extract is applied directly to the damaged cartilage.
Although there is no research to support this effect, pomegranate juice has traditionally been used to combat diarrhea. In fact, constipation could occur if you drink too much.