The pomegranate is a vibrant fuchsia colored fruit with health promoting qualities that is also gaining in popularity. It is on the list as one of the most nutritionally rich superfruits that should be added to your detox repertoire and it is a powerful dietary supplement for overall health and well-being. The pomegranate has an impressive list of health benefits so it is a pity that it is often overlooked as a go-to fruit because it is quite pricey and difficult to eat.
The only edible part of the fruit are the pink arils which are juicy and sweet because they are rich in carbohydrates and sugars. They contain many essential vitamins, namely Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. This fruit is also mineral rich and contains calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and potassium to name a few. The high iron content of this fruit means it is an effective natural treatment for anemia as it raises the hemoglobin levels in the blood without medication.
The pomegranate also contains antioxidant compounds that are highly effective in fighting free radicals in the body and in doing so reduces heart disease risk factors. This fruit encourages skin cell regeneration which has important implications for the repair of tissues and healing wounds. Pomegranates are also instrumental in slowing down the aging process and preventing wrinkles. They contain phytochemical compounds that stimulate the production of serotonin which elevates mood and helps to combat depression.
While the benefits of the pomegranate are undisputed, it can be harmful if consumed in excess. Generally drinking 8 – 12 ounces of pomegranate juice a day or consuming no more than a handful of the arils is considered to be safe. The old adage “too much of a good thing” comes to mind when considering the potential side effects of too much pomegranate. The most common side effect resulting from excessive intake of the fruit takes the form of digestive disorders (nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea). These are usually short lived and last no more than a few hours.
People with any kinds of fruit allergies should consume pomegranates with caution. Allergic reaction include, but are not limited to, facial swelling, rashes, hives, pain and swelling in the mouth, difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing. Anybody showing any or all of these symptoms should seek anaphylactic shock treatment immediately. Also people with allergic conditions such as asthma should avoid this fruit as it can trigger an asthmatic episode.
As mentioned above, one of the benefits of pomegranate is that it is useful in lowering blood pressure. Naturally this is only a benefit if you suffer from high blood pressure. For people who already have low blood pressure it can lower your pressure so as to be fatal. People who are on prescription medications for blood pressure and/or heart troubles should not consume pomegranates as they can interfere with the effects of the drugs.
Pomegranate juice has also been found to interfere with the functioning of certain enzymes that are secreted by the liver. Some of these enzymes are responsible for breaking down medicine chemical compounds. In the absence of these enzymes the toxic compounds can build up in the system and reach levels of toxicity that can be fatal. If you are on any medication it is advisable to consult your doctor for a detailed breakdown of what is safe to consume.
As has been already stated, the pomegranate is rich in carbohydrates and sugar and this makes it an unsafe fruit for diabetics to consume. This is definitely a fruit to be added to your diet cautiously and special care must be taken to always err on the side of having too little rather than too much.