Studies have shown that fresh pomegranates have an active antioxidant effect and can be an additional treatment to several dangerous diseases.
Scientists have found that pomegranates are high in polyphenols. These have antioxidant effect and fight against free radicals. Consumption of pomegranate has proved beneficial also in preventing breast cancer. Beckman Research Institute researchers of the City of Hope, after testing and investigation of compounds in pomegranates, found that their contained substances prevents estrogen formation, this is responsible for cancer cell growth.
Pomegranates also contain prune acid which regulates estrogen levels. Prune acid component is also found in raspberries and strawberries and has a rejuvenating, refresh effect on skin.
Raisins fight oral bacteria, that cause cavities and gum disease. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago said that one of the raisins compounds raisins, oleanolic acid, is particularly effective in destroying bacteria.
Professor and dean of this university, Christine Wu is the principal author of the study and said that raisins are perceived as sweet and sticky, as it is a food that contains sugar, resulting that what is sticky cause cavities. But the study suggests the opposite - Phytochemicals contained in raisins can bring many benefits to oral health, acting against bacteria responsible for producing cavities and gum disease, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in Britain. Also, oral diseases were associated with heart and lung disease, diabetes and heart attacks.
Sticky foods are not necessarily a cause of dental caries. Wu added that raisins contain mainly fructose and glucose, not sucrose, the main cause for oral diseases.