9 reasons to add pomegranates to your diet

“Super-food” may seem like a catchy marketing term, but there’s no gimmick behind the powerful punch of a pomegranate. Incorporate the mighty and flavorful seeds (the only edible part of the fruit) into your daily diet for benefits greater than their rich antioxidants. Although you can purchase pre-packed pomegranate seeds, it’s more fun to extract the seeds yourself. Maybe you can add stress-relief to the list of benefits!

Don’t be intimidated by the pomegranate’s tough inner membrane encasing the seeds. Slice the pomegranate in half, hold face-down over a bowl, and whack the rind with a wooden spoon.

Once you’ve released the seeds, add them to salads, yogurt, a glass of water, appetizers, or entrees and reap the benefits.

What can this “super-fruit” do?

1. Lower Cholesterol by reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol.
2. Anti-Inflammatory helps reduce pain caused by arthritis.
3. High Fiber; approximately 5g of fiber per 1/2 cup serving.
4. Good Source of Vitamins: folates, vitamin K, manganese, potassium, and calcium.
5. Antioxidants (punicalagin and tannins) fight against free-radicals reducing the risk of heart disease.

According to thermoscientific.com, pomegranates contain more antioxidants than green tea, cranberries, and red wine.

6. Rich in Vitamin C which improves immunity.
7. Lowers blood pressure which also reduces risk of stroke.
8. Produces Elastin & Collagen to help maintain smooth, firm skin.
9. Polyphenolic Flavonoids reduce plaque which can cause gingivitis and cavities.
10. Cancer Prevention: studies show pomegranate juice may slow prostate and breast cancer cell growth.

If you prefer juice, be sure to choose one that is 100% pomegranate juice, preferable unsweetened. *Pomegranate juice can interfere with the metabolization of blood thinners and certain medications. Be sure to check with your medical advisor before incorporating pomegranate juice into your diet.

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