Like most fruits, pomegranates contain plenty of vitamins and fiber. In fact this nutrient-packed fruit can provide us with a whole host of health benefits you’ve probably never even thought of..
The pomegranate is originally from the Middle East and has since been cultivated in Europe, South East Asia and more recently in California and Arizona in the US.
Its rise in popularity as a ‘healthy drink’ (primarily due to the amount of nutrients it contains), has meant the pomegranate and pomegranate juice has seen a sharp rise in global demand.
1. Rich in Antioxidants
As you can imagine, the major health benefit of pomegranates come from their high levels of antioxidants; specifically polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins.
Pomegranates are bursting with antioxidants which our body needs to stay fit and healthy whilst helping to prevent free radicals that cause disease and premature ageing.
2. Good for the Heart
The heart benefits from the antioxidants by receiving more oxygen, which can help prevent heart disease.
It also reduces LDL cholesterol levels, so helping to keep arteries from clotting and helping to prevent heart related diseases such as atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attacks.
3. Helps Prevent Osteoarthritis
Different studies have discovered that pomegranate juice acts as an enzyme inhibitor which may prevent cartilage deterioration.
4. Fights Cancer
Preliminary research albeit some of it on mice, has evaluated the antioxidant nature of pomegranate juice in its usefulness in fighting certain forms of cancer including breast, skin and prostate cancer.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.
6. Good for Your Teeth
Research has shown that the antibacterial compounds found in pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque.
- A single pomegranate contains approx 40% of our recommended daily dose of vitamin C
- It is also a rich source of vitamins A, E and folic acid.
- A pomegranate contains 3 times the levels of antioxidants found in Green Tea and red wine. In fact it contains more antioxidants than any other natural food source.
- It is fat-free and high in fiber.
How to Include Pomegranate into Your Daily Diet
There are plenty of ways to get your daily fix of pomegranate, and the most popular choice is to drink it as a juice.
Pure, unsweetened pomegranate juice ensures you get 100% of the nutrients without any additives or preservatives.
It can have quite a sharp taste, and I like to dilute mine with a small amount of water.
Pomegranate juice is used extensively in dishes in the Middle East for stews and sorbets.
The juice is also made into pomegranate molasses and added to desserts, served with foie gras and cheese plates.
Pomegranate powder has a bright, sweet taste that is fantastic in smoothies, yogurt, marinades, desserts, energy bars and salad dressings.
Start the day with a whole pomegranate.
Simply cut in half and scoop out the arils with a spoon. The seeds are nutrient dense and you also benefit from the natural juice.
Use them to add a burst of flavor, and color to your salads, dips, rice and other grain pilaf dishes, and desserts.
Pomegranate paste made with molasses is delicious and can be used as a dip and salad dressing recipes.
How To Easily Remove the Seeds From A Pomegranate
Pomegranate is considered one of those ‘super-foods’, and I highly recommend you give it a try.
You can get your daily consumption by eating it raw for breakfast, as a delicious morning fruit juice or even in capsules as a supplement if you prefer a quick and easy fix.