Pomegranate is a fruit filled with sweet and tart seeds that are healthy as they are delicious. With high concentrations of vitamins K and C, folate, fiber and antioxidants, pomegranates offer a multitude of benefits.
Benefits of Pomegranate
Supports Cardiovascular Health
The high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols in pomegranate seeds and juice help reduce cholesterol buildup in arteries and lower blood pressure which lowers the risk of heart disease and improves overall cardiovascular health.
Helps Combat Cancer
Studies show that pomegranate is effective for fighting certain types of cancers. Whether it’s pomegranate seed oil, extract or the juice, all are high in cancer fighting compounds like antioxidants or punicic acid which can help inhibit the growth of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Enhances Sexual Desire
Research shows that pomegranates are linked to increased levels of testosterone which can lead to enhanced sexual desire. Studies also show that pomegranate juice can potentially increase blood flow and positively impact erectile response time.
Pomegranate extracts were once used to heal conditions like ulcers, canker sores, diarrhea and for respiratory issues due its ability to fight bacteria.
As an anti-inflammatory, pomegranates help reduce inflammation in the gut which ultimately helps improve digestion and beneficial for people suffering from IBS or Crohn’s disease.
Rich in vitamin C, pomegranate seeds and juice can help boost our immune system which is very important this time of year.
Expands Cognitive Function
Pomegranate seeds and juice contain high levels of polyphenols which are known to improve cognitive function and memory.
Decreases Inflammation of joints
Flavanols are an antioxidant that is found in abundance in pomegranates and that are known to help reduce joint inflammation and pain from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
As one of Katherine’s favorite snacks and garnishes for a salad or side dish, pomegranates not only make recipes look pretty and taste great, but are overwhelmingly healthy as well. Although extracting the seeds from the pomegranate can be tricky, a lot of grocery stores sell just the seeds and the juice is also readily available, so there’s no excuse not to add some pomegranate seeds to your life.