Five powerful health benefits of eating pomegranate!

Pomegranate (botanical name is Punica granatum) is not just a delicious fruit, but is also high in nutrition. Rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health.

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014, 11:28 AM IST

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Pomegranate (botanical name is Punica granatum) is not just a delicious fruit, but is also high in nutrition. Rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health.

Here are five health benefits of eating pomegranate:

Heart health: Pomegranate is packed with Polyphenols, tannins and other antioxidant properties which protects your heart. These compounds also lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol (LDL).

Cancer: Various studies have shown that the antioxidants and polyphenols found in pomegranate can help prevent cancer cells from spreading and may even be competent of killing the cells.

Weight management: Pomegranate seeds are low in calories and rich in fiber and vitamins. Pomegranate and other fiber-rich foods such as whole grains may help in weight management while reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases.

Skin health: Eating pomegranate can keep your skin youthful, healthy and wrinkle-free. The antioxidants present in pomegranates can help delay the ageing process.

Dental health: Pomegranate has been found to be beneficial for dental health as it has anti-bacterial effects. Drinking pomegranate juice can fight off dental plaque thus keeping your teeth and gums healthy.