Pomegranate is a delicious fruit that originated from Iran but is now cultivated in many regions of the world from September to February; and in the Southern Hemisphere, it gets cultivated from March to May respectively. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients etc. it provides a number of health and beauty benefits. However, it should be noted that overeating pomegranates is not good for our health, and there are also some side effects of eating too many pomegranates which is best known for its appealing colour and taste. It makes a good addition to salads and desserts, and its juice offers a healthy drinking option.
Some side effects of eating too many pomegranates include;
Effect of Enzymes: The enzymes present in pomegranate can hinder the functioning of certain enzymes present in the liver. If you are on any specific medication for liver disorders, consult your doctor before consuming this fruit or its juice.
High Sugar Content: Though it fights diabetes, pomegranate is a preventive food. If you are suffering from diabetes, stay away from pomegranate as it has high sugar content.
High Calories: If you are on a diet and are watching your calorie intake, then avoid taking this fruit or its juice. Pomegranate adds up calories to the plate. It can also cause weight gain.
Digestive Disorders: The excessive consumption of this fruit causes many disorders. Some of them are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. But, these symptoms usually subside after a few hours. Excessive consumption of pomegranate can also irritate the gastrointestinal tract.
Allergies: The consumption of this fruit also causes symptoms that can lead to allergy.
Benefits of Pomegranate:
Boosts Immune System: With the power to ward off bacteria and viruses, pomegranate is beneficial in boosting the immune system. It helps make the body stronger.
Lowers Cholesterol: Consuming pomegranate regularly can help control the bad cholesterol level in the body. This is because of the rich amount of antioxidants in it. The juice has the potential to oxidize the Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). It helps the heart work better.
Prevents Breast Cancer: Certain enzymes found in this fruit destroy the cells that cause breast cancer. Consuming pomegranate regularly can help prevent breast cancer.
Fight against Diabetes: Pomegranate lowers the blood sugar levels. It also flushes out toxins from the body. This is an effective and useful aspect for people suffering from diabetes.
Lowers Instances Of Heart Diseases: With cholesterol lowering effects, pomegranate helps the heart function better. Regular consumption of pomegranate also reduces the risk of heart failure, stroke and plaque buildup.
Protects Against Osteoarthritis: Pomegranate is beneficial as it slows down the process of deterioration of the cartilages around the bones. Regular use of this fruit can also prevent various bone diseases. Rich Source of Various Minerals and Nutrients: Pomegranate is a rich source of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, carbohydrates and sugars, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. A single serving of pomegranate can provide a lot of nutrients in one go.
So now that you know the benefits and the side effects of pomegranates, be wise to use it in moderation and stay healthy.
By Mercy Kukah