Pomegranates, especially its juice, are good sources of Vitamin C, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), potassium, and the antioxidant polyphenol. If you eat the seeds inside the arils you’ll get a little bit of fiber too. Most of the research focus on the juice, since most of the health benefits are in the juice of the fruit. A few of the noted pomegranate health benefits:
- Keeps your heart healthy – the antioxidants lower your blood pressure and help keep your arteries clear and healthy; lowers the “bad” cholesterol.
- Protects against cancer – has a beneficial effect on prostate specific antigen (PSA), one of the lab markers for prostate cancer. Pomegranates contain nutrients called ellagitannins, which have the ability to suppress cancer cells, especially in the colon and prostate.
- May improve erectile dysfunction – promotes healthy arteries and improves blood-flow to the penis.
- Helps inhibit bacteria from sticking to your teeth – swish or drink a little juice.
Call to Action:
Now is the time to buy pomegranates. They are in season through December/January. Watch this how to video to see How to Eat a Pomegranate. You can freeze the seeds/arils for up to 3 months. Eat the arils as a snack or sprinkle them on top of salads, oatmeal, pancakes and desserts.
Also note that not all brands of pomegranate juice are equal. Some are diluted with other juices and have added sugar so read the label. A good brand is POM Wonderful.
Trivia: Pomegranates, native to Persia (now Iran), were brought to California by the Spanish settlers in 1769 and now grown in the dryer parts of California and Arizona. And, it is one of the seven fruits mentioned in the Old Testament.
To your wellness,