The amazing benefits of pomegranate are boundless. Besides being great for your health and well-being, pomegranates get high points in the delicious column. Pomegranates provide anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor benefits as well as being a great source of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and folic acid. Another health benefit of pomegranate is that it consists of three times as many antioxidants as green tea or wine. The amazing benefits of pomegranate can be savored by eating them in several ways. Pomegranates can be consumed in the form of pomegranate juice or you can eat the seeds. You can also find pomegranate syrup, paste, nectar and concentrate. Pomegranate syrups have proven useful for cartilage damage and even protecting babies from brain damage incurred during birth. In my opinion, one of the best benefits of pomegranates is their ability to promote healthy aging.
Amazing Benefits of Pomegranate
- keeps blood platelets from sticking together
- reduces arthritis & joint pain
- supports healthy prostate
- supports healthy blood pressure
- fights cancer
- supports cardiovascular health
- supports healthy memory
- anti-bacterial properties
- high in anti-oxidants
- enhances oral health
- supports healthy digestion
- helps with depression
- potent immune supporter
- may protect against osteoporosis
- may prevent & slow Alzheimer’s Disease
- nutrient dense
- supports healthy HDL levels
Eating a Pomegranate in 3 No-Mess Steps
Don’t be discouraged about how to actually get to the “goodness” of the wonderful pomegranate. The POM Council recommends the following simple three-step process:
- Cut off the crown, then cut the pomegranate into sections.
- Place the section in a bowl of water, then roll out the arils with your fingers (discard everything else).
- Strain out the water, then enjoy the arils. Inside each aril is a crunchy fiber-rich seed. While some people spit them out, you can eat them whole, seed and all.
Check out a visual of how to open a pomegranate here. Of course, pomegranates are a healthy and delicious snack all by themselves. They also add goodness to smoothies, homemade kefir and yogurt and on top of raw salads and vegetable dishes.
Antioxidant – Rich Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe
4 C organic baby spinach
1 C organic pomegranate juice
1 C organic blueberries, frozen
1 C organic strawberries, frozen
8 dates, cut in half
2 tbls flaxseeds, freshly ground
1/2 avocado, optional
Blend all ingredients together in high speed blender. Delish!
Research and Resources
Gould SW, Fielder MD, Kelly AF, Naughton DP. Anti-microbial activities of pomegranate rind extracts: enhancement by cupric sulphate against clinical isolates of S. aureus, MRSA and PVL positive CA-MSSA. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2009;9:23.
Colombo E, Sangiovanni E, Dell’agli M. A review on the anti-inflammatory activity of pomegranate in the gastrointestinal tract. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:247145. doi: 10.1155/2013/247145. Epub 2013 Mar 14.
Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries.
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