Ever tried a pomegranate? These days, pomegranates are a fruit most everyone has heard about, but few may have actually tried
Pomegranates are a native Middle Eastern fruit that contain crunchy seeds surrounded by juicy pulp. Not only are they loaded with vitamins, but they're packed with certain nutrients that may help fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
According to the USDA, pomegranates are a great source of vitamins C and E, folic acid and potassium. In fact, pomegranates are one of the richest sources of polyphenols, a group of strong antioxidants. The purpose of antioxidants is to slow or prevent the cell damage that is linked to many diseases.
The antioxidant powers of pomegranates may be nearly three times more than the amount in green tea or red wine. Other fruits containing polyphenols include blueberries, cranberries and red grapes.
Because of the pomegranate's rich antioxidant status, more and more research is being done on this fruit and its juice for disease prevention. Some studies have shown that eating pomegranates and/or their juice may help to:
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing plaque build up in the arteries
- Slow the progression of breast, colon and prostate cancer
- Block enzymes that contribute to osteoarthritis