One of the greatest joys of eating is when something tastes delicious and delivers incredible health benefits. Pomegranates are definitely one of these foods!
Pomegranates are an antioxidant-rich superfood with so many clinically studied health benefits. Here are a few quick findings…
- A glass of pomegranate juice packs in more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries and cranberries. (source)
- Pomegranates are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Fiber and Potassium.
- Pomegranates provide a good source of many vital B-complex vitamins as well as copper, manganese and calcium.
Some evidence suggests pomegranate fruit has powerful cancer cell death and immune supporting effects, especially when it comes to breast and prostate cancers. This exotic fruit also proves to be an ally to our heart health and blood vessels. Recent research proves pomegranate juice fights heart disease, retards artery plaque build up and may help lower “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure. (Source)
Scientists have been discovering all sorts of things about this fascinating fruit. Like, how it might help control our weight, fight cell damage, contribute to an improvement in symptoms of depression, memory and even improve erectile dysfunction – among other things.
Fun Facts About Pomegranate
- One of the oldest known fruits, pomegranate has been a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.
- Native to Persia, Persians believe Eve plucked a pomegranate from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden.
- An average-sized pomegranate has about 600 juicy seeds also called arils.
- Pomegranate literally translates into “seeded apple.”
- Pomegranates are sometimes referred to as “the jewel of winter.”
Pomegranate Eating Tips & Tricks
- You’ll find pomegranates in most grocery stores from September through January.
- Choose pomegranates that feel heavy for their size and are dark red or purple in color.
- Pomegranates will keep for up to two months when refrigerated.
- East the seeds with a spoon, or sprinkle them on top any green salad, fruit salad or any recipe that calls for seeds or fruit.
Watch how Thomas Joseph easily seeds a pomegranate in this “Kitchen Conundrums” video from Martha Stewart. This is quite possibly the fastest, easiest and smartest way to get those seeds out!
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The Health Benefits of Pomegranates – Global Healing Center
The Powerful Health Benefits of the Pomegranate – Dr. Fuhrman
What Are Pomegranates Good For? – Dr. Mercola