Medically reviewed by Dr. Riaz Ali Shah.
If you do not love anaar (pomegranate), get ready to change your mind. If it is already your favourite fruit, you are about to love it even more. Today we want to talk about how something so delicious can also have so many health benefits.
Below are some of the benefits this delicious fruit has to offer:
Loaded with important nutrients
With a healthy dose of nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamin C and anti-oxidants amongst others, it is safe to say that anaar has an impressive nutrient profile. One cup contains about 24 grams of sugar and 144 calories so be careful not to go overboard. However, anaar really shines in its wealth of powerful plant compounds, some of which have potent medicinal properties.
Can prevent cancer
According to research, the consumption of pomegranate slows cancer cell reproduction and may in turn reduce risks of cancer, including common cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. For cancer patients, it may be highly beneficial!
Lowers blood pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks and strokes.
In one study, people with hypertension had a significant reduction in blood pressure after consuming 5 ounces (150 ml) of anaar juice daily for two weeks, which in turn lowers the chances of heart disease.
Pomegranate also improves blood flow which means it can be used to help those with erectile dysfunction.
Due to the anti-oxidants found in anaar, it is ideal in treating problems such as arthritis and joint pain.
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
The plant compounds in anaar are known to combat micro-organisms and protect you against infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis which can damage your teeth.
The bottom line
Anaar is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, packed with nutrients and powerful plant compounds.
It has wide-ranging benefits and may help reduce risk of various serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
What’s more, it may boost your memory and exercise performance!
If you want to reap the many health benefits pomegranate has to offer, it is best to eat the arils directly.
Let us know in the comments section below how you like to eat anaar. If you liked this post, let us know which fruit you would like us to review next!