Amazing benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranate is a fruit full of antioxidants and found that the seeds have a number of health benefits, from lowering cholesterol to fight against arthritis.

 

“Pomegranates are known for their high polyphenol content,” said Marisa Moore of the Academy of Nutrition and Diet. In addition, he assured that the fruit offers a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Here we will give you more benefits of this delicious fruit:

 

The red pomegranate stimulates your immune system
Scientists recommend drinking pomegranate juice because it effectively concentrates the beneficial nutrients in pomegranate seeds. “The antioxidant activity of pomegranate juice can be three times higher than that of green tea and red wine,” explained Moore of the University of California.

Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidants: tannins (which have made healthy red wine famous), anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Antioxidants are important to keep cells in our bodies healthy and able to fight against viruses, decreasing inflammation and preventing organ damage.
 

Keep blood pressure low
Think of them as a relief from stress in edible form. Besides we already know that we are taking advantage of the power of their antioxidants, pomegranates have been shown to improve systolic blood pressure. According to a study conducted at the Research Lipid Research Laboratory in the Medical Sciences in Israel, the grenades ensure that the arteries are free of plaque.

Goodbye cholesterol!
Another study by the Lipid Research Laboratory analyzed many effects of pomegranates on cardiovascular health, which led to a decrease in cholesterol levels. Once again, we have antioxidant polyphenols to thank for this.

Fight inflammation
Antioxidants also work wonders on inflammation throughout the body, even in the most painful cases of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that pomegranate extract not only reduces inflammation, but also helps relieve pain and even fights cartilage degradation.

They inhibit cancer
Studies show that pomegranate juice inhibits the growth of cancer cells and even gives those cells an extra push to keep going and die (a process called apoptosis). A study from the University of Southern Taiwan Science and Technology, showed that pomegranate juice prevented the proliferation of a particular prostate cancer cell, while a previous study from the University of Florida Atlantic found similar results with respect to the breast cancer cells.

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Vitamin B against Alzheimer’s

A recent study suggests that high doses of vitamin B can halve the brain shrinkage in older people who experience some signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

The research, published in the journal PLoS One and conducted by scientists from the Oxford Project for Memory Research and Aging (OPTIMA), is based on the examination of 168 elderly people who experienced a certain level of mental deterioration known as mild cognitive impairment. This condition, marked by memory lapses and language problems, goes beyond normal aging and can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

In the experiments, half of the volunteers received a daily tablet containing levels well above the recommended daily amount of the B family of vitamins, such as folic acid, B6 and B12. The other half received a placebo.

After two years, the Magnetic Resonance analysis showed that the speed at which their brains were shrinking had been reduced. While the brain shrinks on average at a rate of 0.5% per year after the age of 60, the brains of people with mild cognitive impairment shrink twice as fast, and in Alzheimer’s patients the contraction increases up to 2.5% per year. The team of scientists detected that in those who received vitamin supplements, the contraction of the brain decreased between 30% and 50% compared to their peers.

But why? Some vitamins of the B family, such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12, control the levels of a blood substance known as homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine ​​are associated with a faster contraction of the brain and with Alzheimer’s disease. The authors of the study believe that the effect of B vitamins on homocysteine ​​levels was the effect that helped slow the rate of brain contraction. “These vitamins are doing something to the structure of the brain, they’re protecting it, and that’s very important.

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The best rejuvenating anti-aging foods

Know the natural foods that the body requires to combat the aging process, with these anti-aging foods you will be able to show off a beautiful, young and wrinkle-free skin.

Olive oil and olives
Both the fruit and olive oil are anti-aging foods, for their richness in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid with antioxidants such as phenolic flavones from olives and phenols and vitamin E from olive oil. They have a marked effect on the health of the heart and arteries, since they help lower blood pressure and regulate the levels of fats in the blood, main factors of current mortality, hence the Mediterranean people who consume olive oil. Longer than others. They also protect against cancer, especially breast cancer. They delay neuronal aging and prevent mental deterioration and the memory loss of old age. It also helps keep the skin hydrated and healthy.

Tip: The best oil is the virgin olive oil that is obtained by the first pressing of the olives, without chemical additives, it is more expensive but it comes out much more profitable and tasty.

Garlic and onion
Both are typical Mediterranean foods that keep us young, although they can recognize us as ‘closed eyes’, but their great virtue is in the volatile substances derived from sulfur that cause the smell of food, along with flavonoids such as onion quercetin. , which quickly passes into the bloodstream and is excreted through the lungs and skin. Garlic and onions have multiple benefits, their fungicidal and bactericidal action give them a reputation for natural antibiotics, in addition the onion is a good fluidifier of the blood of mucus and calms the cough. Both decrease and balance the levels of cholesterol and blood fluids, have an anticoagulant effect and improve blood circulation and hypertension.

Tip: Are you worried about smelling garlic? Think that the more people eat garlic in the world you will call less attention, so to proclaim to the `4 winds’ the virtues of garlic.
Oatmeal
This cereal has become fashionable for its content in protein and satiating fiber, which help to lose weight and fat. The oatmeal was the breakfast of the grandparents for its energetic value, but it is also a source of acid that prevents cancer. They provide soluble fiber in the form of beta-glucan decreases appetite and absorbs fats in the blood. Its content in avenine, a calm and de-stressing substance, could be the reason why those who take oats are grandparents in good shape, without nerves and with good humor.

Tip: Opt for the most natural oatmeal to make cooked porridge or your own muesli for breakfast, not worth the same in the form of breads or cookies.

Berries
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, reds, raspberries, currants, etc. They are small concentrations of antioxidants, their intense color comes from the blue-purple anthocyanin content. They are also a source of antioxidant ellagic acid and salicylate, an anesseptic and natural anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce pain and inflammation, both when you play sports and when age is noticed in the joints. They prevent most tumors and maintain cardiovascular health. All berries are rich in vitamin C and some like blackberries are also source of vitamin E.

Tip: alternate some type of berry in each season, strawberries in spring, blackberries in summer, and freeze for when the cold arrives or opt for dried berries if you can not find them.

Broccoli
It is a vegetable of the family of cabbages, all of them highly recommended to eat every week for their good nutritional qualities. Broccoli is the most famous of the family because of its high content of  substances famous because they prevent tumors and prevent their expansion since they stimulate metabolism detoxifying enzymes to eliminate waste substances and activate the elimination of cancer cells.
Tip: Broccoli should be cut if eaten raw or cooked lightly for enzymes to act, but avoid yellowing or cooking too much because it loses its action and vitamin C.

Cherries
Its color already indicates its richness especially anthocyanin responsible for the intense red color almost black of the more mature cherries. This pigment has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that make it an anti-aging fruit, both to avoid the inflammatory problems of joints associated with aging, arthritis and osteoarthritis and to reduce muscle damage after intense exercise, which is why they call it vegetable aspirin. . Its protective effect against tumors such as colon, stomach and prostate cancer has also been proven. If you also take cherries your heart will stay young and the arteries clean of fatty deposits, one of the best guarantees of longevity.

Advice: better fresh because during cooking most of the anthocyanins are removed, you can freeze them during the season to have them on hand throughout the year.

Dark chocolate and cocoa
Dark chocolate has a higher proportion of solid cocoa. Chocolate is a very energetic food of great caloric value due to its high content of fats, but these are vegetable fats and combined with fiber, they avoid the accumulation of fat in the arteries and in the love handles, in addition to avoiding the aggregation of the platelets improving the fluidification of the blood.

Tip: if you consume a dark chocolate that has 70% cocoa you can enjoy chocolate with the excuse of its healthy properties, without abuse.

Turmeric
This strange root of orange color can be eaten fresh, better than powder, because it has a high content of curcumin, phytochemical with anticancer, vivifying, digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. Although it is not usual to find it in our country fresh, it was always at hand because in addition to delaying aging. It helps you to maintain energy during periods of intense training in the face of work stress.

Advice:
Take a couple of slices on an empty stomach, slowly chewing them on the side of the molars to avoid the teeth turning orange.

 

Lentils
“Yadicelrefranque” lentils are eaten by old women, and it helps keep bones strong, they are sources of vegetable proteins, and iron to keep muscles in oxygenated form and they also contain isoflavones such as soy, a type of phytoestrogens that maintain female health delay aging. Its high fiber content helps you lose weight when you have anxiety problems and overeating, as well as going to the bathroom regularly.

Advice:
Consume lentils once a week, remember to take legumes at least three times a week, combined with all kinds of vegetables of various colors rich in vitamin C to facilitate the absorption of vegetable iron: peppers, onions, carrots, leeks, etc. , and low-fat protein foods such as chicken avoiding fatty sausages.

Depending on which zone you live in, there will be some of these foods that will be more difficult to obtain, but in general the rest of the products are usually in most of our markets.

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