Powerful Pomegranate

Did you know pomegranates are one of the most healing of fruits? The health benefits of pomegranates stem from their high concentration of antioxidant- rich polyphenols. Research has shown that pomegranates can:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (the good cholesterol)
  • Fight against cancer (particularly breast, prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers)
  • Lower blood sugar in diabetes
  • Boost the immune system
  • Decrease arthritis pain in rheumatoid arthritis

So considering adding a daily dose of pomegranate to your diet! One word of caution: pomegranate juice can be high in sugar. The American Heart Association recommends a sugar intake less than 24 grams a day (and some juices have more than 30 grams per serving-more than your daily requirement!). If consuming pomegranate juice, watch the sugar content and consider diluting the juice with water in a 50/50 ratio.

For tips on how to seed a pomegranate, visit http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Seeding-a-Pomegranate/Detail.aspx

Curious to read the research? Visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22529479 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20155621 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18490140