Rare antioxidants in this fruit can prevent neurological diseases
Fruits and vegetables are healthy foods and contain plenty of antioxidants. But this one fruit has antioxidants which is quite rare. Antioxidants hiding behind the alluring color and protects the fruit from damage. When eating, we also get the protective effect.
The fruit is none other than pomegranate. Pomegranate contains rare antioxidants called punicalagin. Researchers found that punicalagin can prevent inflammation and protect against neurological diseases, as reported by the Daily Health Post (29/12).
Punicalagin help immune cells in the central nervous system of the brain and eliminate damaged and dangerous cells. In addition, other studies in mice also revealed that punicalagin help reduce the effects of inflammation in the brain and repair the damage done to cells, not necessarily to kill.
Continuation of studies in mice also applied to the human brain. Inflammation is one of the causes of health problems in the body and brain nerves. By reducing inflammation in the brain cells, the disease can be prevented or mitigated. This also can be done by antioxidants in pomegranate.
In addition to preventing inflammation of the brain and prevent neurological diseases, antioxidants in pomegranate also provide healthful effects to the body. These antioxidants can prevent the accumulation of fat in the arteries and lower blood pressure. Eating pomegranate also improve mood and mental health by regulating the performance of hormones in the body such as testosterone, estrogen, and serotonin.
Punicalagin concentration in pomegranate is most in their skin. This antioxidant gives the red color in pomegranate. Although we are not accustomed to eating pomegranate skin, but we can consume the extract and pomegranate juice.