Say Pomegranate 10 Times Fast. Now Go Get Some.
With its high antioxidant properties, pomegranate has been touted as one of the most potent superfoods on the planet and with good reason. Pomegranate isn't just a fun word to say (quick: say it 10 times fast), it is also delicious and offers you numerous health and beauty benefits. The deep crimson-colored fruit with its pop-in-your-mouth seeds, can now be found at most markets around the country, thanks to Pom Wonderful juices. But there are so many more ways to get pomegranate into your life ... and fall is the perfect time.
Between teas, soaps, toners, jams, candies, snacks, lip balms and simply eating it, pomegranate is at your fingertips. Why would you want to start using it?
6 Powerful Pomegranate Benefits
Improves Blood Flow
A study of people with ischemic coronary heart disease, where not enough blood gets to the heart, showed that those people who drank eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for three months showed better blood flow during a stress test. The juice could also serve as a powerful preventative for people who don't suffer from heart disease from getting it.
Filled With Vitamin C, Fiber & Potassium
Eating pomegranate can load you up with vitamins and minerals. Add them to salads, smoothies or simply snack on the seeds to get 16 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C (you have to eat the entire piece of fruit though; just the seeds), 10 percent of potassium and five grams of fiber in a half-cup of the fruit.
Keeps Cholesterol Down
Want to lower the LDL (aka "bad) cholesterol in your body? Drink a glass of pomegranate juice a day. A 2003 study in the journal Clinical Nutrition, showed that high antioxidant polyphenols in the fruit may reduce arterial plaque build up. The Israeli study showed that people who drank pomegranate juice daily for a year showed a 30 percent lower incidence of plaque build up.
Fights Prostate Cancer
For men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer, pomegranate juice can be your new best friend. Results of a study showed that men who drank eight ounces a day showed stable PSA levels, bucking the need for further treatment. That said, always consult your medical expert before taking treatment into your own hands.
Repairs Damaged Skin
Worried about looking older or sun damage? Pomegranate is here to help. The antioxidant properties have been shown to help inhibit enzymes that break down collagen, can regenerate skin cells, repair free radical sun damage and, as a source of conjugated fatty acids, act as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Keeps Teeth Clean
Pomegranates contain polyphenolic flavonoids, antibacterial compounds that can help reduce plaque in your mouth. This has shown to help ward off cavities and gingivitis.