Top 10 Health Benefits Of Pomegranate For Kids

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Pomegranates are juicy fruits that are storehouses of several nutrients. The proven medicinal benefits of pomegranate for kids may encourage you to include this fruit in their diet.

Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants and effectively address various health problems, including stomach disorders and dental health. They also help regulate fever and fight the common cold. In addition, they are rich in iron, calcium, and fiber and help improve liver function and increase the body’s hemoglobin level.

Keep reading this post to learn more about the various health benefits of pomegranates and how to include them in your child’s diet.

Facts About Pomegranate

Pomegranate is popular as tropical, sweet flavored fruit. The bright red colored fruit is semi-seedy and has the size of an average apple. The fruit is native to Granada, Spain, but now you can find it throughout the world. Pomegranate possesses several medicinal properties, so many ancient civilizations, such as Rome, Persian, Indian, and Egyptian, used it as a cure for ailments. So eating pomegranate is beneficial for kids of all ages.

Top 10 Health Benefits Of Pomegranate For Kids

Following lists the amazing pomegranate benefits for your little ones:

1. Cures inflammations

Medical studies reveal that pomegranate juice destroys bacterial infections, eliminates irritants from the body, and minimizes inflammation. The fruit contains several biochemicals and enzymes, so it possesses anti-inflammatory properties (1).

2. Remedy for digestive problems

Kids often suffer from digestive issues, such as diarrhea and dysentery. Pomegranate juice for kids effectively treats dysentery, cholera, and diarrhea due to viral or bacterial infection.  Pomegranate peel, leaves, and bark can calm stomach disorders.

3. Eliminates intestinal worms

Kids often suffer from infection resulting due to intestinal worms. Intestinal worms are parasites thriving on nutrients in the small or large intestine. Drinking pomegranate juice helps kill intestinal worms effectively and cures the infection.

4. Regulates fever

Kids also suffer from fever. Drinking pomegranate juice not just regulates fevers but also provides essential nutrients to your kid while he or she is down with fever. Antioxidants in the fruit combat common cold and regulate flu or fever resulting due to it.

5. Cures dental problems

Dental issues in kids are rising exponentially. Eating pomegranate is beneficial for treating dental problems. Pomegranate treats teething problems in kids as well as protects their teeth from many oral ailments, such as gingivitis. The fruit possesses antiviral and antibacterial properties that help minimize the adverse effects of dental plaque and prevent the risk of oral diseases.

6. Protects liver

Eating pomegranate improves the functioning of kid’s liver. Oxidative stresses can increase in childhood. Pomegranate possesses antioxidants that aid in combating oxidative stresses and safeguard liver (2).

7. Cures anemia

Pomegranate for kids supplies iron to their blood, thus increasing the hemoglobin count. Healthy hemoglobin levels minimize the symptoms of anemia, such as weakness and dizziness.

8. Anti-carcinogenic

Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants popular as flavonoids that are quite effective in counteracting cancer radicals. Regular consumption of the fruit prevents the risk of development of cancer in kids. Natural aromatase inhibitor in the fruit prevents kids from early puberty and the risk of development of breast cancer in later life (3).

9. Cures muscle aches

Pomegranates are rich in mineral potassium, which aids in curing muscle aches and minimizing body pains.

10. Boosts immunity

Pomegranate contains a high amount of B vitamins that help maintain a strong nervous system and an immune system in kids. Vitamins in the fruit also help maintain brain functions optimally. A high folate content in the pomegranate provides your kid’s body the ability to generate and maintain new body cells.

How Can You Provide Pomegranate To Your Kid?

Since a considerable part of the fruit contains seeds, your kid may find it difficult or troublesome to eat pomegranate easily. So, you can provide your kids fresh pomegranate juice since it’s quite easy to drink it rather than eating a semi-seedy fruit.However, giving juice is not advisable unless and until anyone is not able to chew and swallow the fruit at all. If you notice any allergic reaction in your kids, such as swelling of face or tongue, stop giving pomegranate to the kids immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What vitamins are found in pomegranate?

Pomegranate contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K (4).

2. Which is better, pomegranate seeds or juice?

Like any other fruit, pomegranate seeds may be a better choice when compared to juice. Children unable to eat the fruit due to its seedy texture may enjoy homemade, sugar-free, and preservative-free juice (5).

Pomegranate for kids can provide multiple benefits as the fruit is filled with nutrients. Consuming it can help to cure inflammatory and digestive problems. As kids tend to play a lot in the sand, touch things in public spaces, and put their hands into their mouths, they may suffer from worms in the stomach. The consumption of pomegranate ensures that these worms get eliminated from the intestine. Moreover, it also helps with dental issues, which are highly prevalent among young children. Also, it works to eliminate anemia and increases energy levels.

References:

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    https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/pomegranate
  2. Nadia Z Shaban et al.; (2014); Effect of Punica granatum (pomegranate) juice extract on healthy liver and hepatotoxicity induced by diethylnitrosamine phenobarbital in male rats.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24650251/
  3. The incredible pomegranate.
    https://ucanr.edu/sites/Pomegranates/files/164443.pdf
  4. Pomegranates raw.
    https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169134/nutrients
  5. Fruit of the month: Pomegranate.
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/fruit-of-the-month-pomegranate#:~
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Dr. Sonal Dhemla

(PhD)
Dr. Sonal Dhemla, a gold medalist, is working with a pediatric hospital as a consultant dietitian/clinical nutritionist. She founded ‘Dr. Sonal’s Nutrittude’, a diet clinic specializing in child nutrition, complementary feeding, juvenile diabetes, celiac disease, autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, growth issues among children, different deficiencies, and much more. She also works in the field of obesity/overweight, PCOS/PCOD,... more

Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.

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