Pomegranate, one of the most loved fruits of the autumn and winter seasons, colors the market and market stalls. What makes pomegranate special is that besides its flavor, it is a fruit with a very high antioxidant content. This feature is provided by the polyphenols in its content, which give it the red color. In addition, it is rich in fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium, making a very important contribution to our health. So, in which problems is the pomegranate, which is a source of healing as much as its seeds and its peel, is effective? Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman talked about 7 important benefits of pomegranate; made recommendations and warnings.
If you consume a glass of pomegranate juice…
Pomegranate is a fruit rich in vitamin C. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman, stating that a glass of pomegranate can meet half of the daily vitamin C requirement, said, “Since pomegranate juice is prepared from large amounts of pomegranate seeds, the vitamin C content in its content also increases. However, in cases such as diabetes, fatty liver and high triglycerides, too much fruit sugar should not be taken, so it would be more appropriate to consume the pomegranate itself with less fruit sugar instead of pomegranate juice.
Regulates the digestive system
The indigestible parts of food are called fiber or pulp. Fiber facilitates stool production by absorbing water as it passes through the digestive system, thus preventing the problem of constipation. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman, emphasizing that if you have digestive problems, you should not consume the juice of the pomegranate, but the seeds together with the pulp, says, “Because the pulp part of the pomegranate is lost while making the juice”.
Simplifies weight control
Thanks to the fact that fiber is effective in problems such as constipation in the digestive system, weight control becomes easier in people who consume fiber regularly. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman, emphasizing that a healthy adult should take 25-35 grams of fiber per day, said, “If we say it as edible amount; 100 grams, that is, one small bowl of pomegranate contains 4 grams of fiber. "People trying to lose weight can consume a small bowl of pomegranate seeds a day," she says.
Strengthens the immune system
Pomegranate plays an important role in our protection against diseases by supporting the immune system with its rich C, E, K vitamins, as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium and minerals.
Important for our skin
Getting enough vitamin C every day is also of great importance for skin health. Pomegranate can stimulate collagen synthesis in the skin with the vitamin C it contains; In this way, it gives elasticity to the skin, delays the formation of wrinkles and ensures that the skin has a lively appearance.
May reduce cancer risk
The polyphenols that give the red color of nara show antioxidant properties. If the free radicals formed in the body are not neutralized by antioxidants from some food sources; They can damage biological materials such as DNA and protein. Pomegranate, which is a fruit with a very high antioxidant content, can reduce the risk of developing many types of cancer by protecting biological substances in the body from oxidative damage, in other words, from unstable electrons that can occur during normal processes of metabolism or damage cells from the environment.
It can protect against cardiovascular diseases
There are studies that show that pomegranate juice can lower the level of bad LDL cholesterol in the body. In addition, pomegranate juice can reduce systolic, that is, large blood pressure, by preventing the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme in the serum, which is a part of the system that controls the water level in the body and therefore blood pressure. Again, the oils in the seed part of the pomegranate, which is eaten as a fruit, may also have a heart-protective effect. The peel of the pomegranate is as rich in polyphenols as the fruit part, and these substances show antioxidant properties. E.g; There are studies showing that pomegranate peel extract can prevent inflammation that causes atherosclerosis and the formation of plaques that cause atherosclerosis, thus protecting cardiovascular health.
Protects your gums
Vitamin C deficiency increases the risk of gum problems. Consumption of vitamin C, which is necessary and sufficient for the formation of ligaments in this tissue, helps keep the gum tissue healthy. Pomegranate also helps strengthen the gums with its vitamin C content.