Pomegranates. They may seem very tedious when it comes to peeling off the tough outer layer and seeding, but the time it well worth it to receive all the amazing benefits of a pomegranate! This little fruit contains high levels of flavonoids, polyphenols and antioxidants (all good compounds for the body). A glass of pure pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than a glass or red wine, green tea, blueberries or cranberries!
A compound that is unique to pomegranates, called punicalagin, is shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. It lowers cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which atherosclerosis melts away. Pretty amazing right?
Pomegranates have anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce inflammatory activity in your body which is one of the leading drivers of many killer diseases. By reducing inflammation, it could also help fight arthritis and joint pain.
Pomegranates may help fight against prostate cancer and breast cancer by inhibiting cancer growth and reproduction of the cells.
The list goes on for the important benefits of pomegranates...they may help improve memory, improve exercise performance, fight against bacterial and fungal infections....This 'tedious', delicious little fruit is well worth the time!
Try putting some seeds on a salad, or mix in with yogurt, or just eat plain!