There’s a proverb in Hindi – ek anaar sau bimaar: one pomegranate (anaar) [cures] one hundred illnesses or one pomegranate can serve one hundred sick people. It is a good antioxidant, enriches blood (red blood cells count, hemoglobin), good for heart and blood circulation.

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, red wine, pomegranates and certain other foods protects the heart and slow the effects of aging.

Tests in mice have shown that that low doses of resveratrol mimic the effects of caloric restriction. Diets with 20 percent to 30 percent fewer calories have been shown to extend life span. These findings are reported in Public Library of Science One. Earlier studies have shown that high doses of resveratrol prevent early death in mice fed a high-fat diet.

About the author: Dr K K Aggarwal is Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Dean Board of Medical Education Moolchand Medcity, Sr. Physician & Cardiologist, Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council, Visiting professor Clinical Research DIPSAR, Past President Delhi Medical Association and Past Academic and Research Wing Heads IMA.