The Healthy Powers of Pomegranate

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Since Ancient Babylon and Ancient Egypt, the pomegranate has been heralded as one of the most important sources of nutrition in existence. While the pomegranate was first discovered in Asia, mainly in the Middle East and China, the pomegranate has made its way across the oceans and into the United States.

Pomegranate is a funny-looking fruit, and many of us are not too sure as to how eat a pomegranate, how to use it in our diet, how it can improve the functioning of so many body systems, and how it can improve our health status in numerous ways.

The word pomegranate itself translates to seeded apple. The true nutritional benefit comes inside of the pomegranate’s tough, foamy rind and in the seeds. These seeds are loaded with juice and almost seem like sacs of juice with a crunchy seed base. Pomegranates can be cut in half and once the seeds are cleaned out, they can be organized and put into a bowl and eaten straight, put in a food processor or juicer to create pomegranate juice, or included in other smoothies or fruit salads.

The main health benefit that comes from the pomegranate is the high antioxidant content. Antioxidants are chemical compounds that contribute electrons to naturally occurring molecules called free radicals. Our body produces free radicals and they are also absorbed into our body through the environment. When free radicals are given these electrons they are neutralized and the actions of the free radicals are inhibited. Three of the main antioxidants that are found in pomegranates are tannis, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins. These specific antioxidants are key inhibitors of cell growth and proliferation, which is a main contributor to malignant neoplasms, or cancer.

Pomegranates contain compounds are able to reduce inflammation throughout the body in both individuals with arthritis and in individuals who experience inflammation as a result of other conditions. Inflammation in the brain can lead to reduced effectiveness in neurological communication and in muscles, the lack of true range of motion can effect the body significantly.

Pomegranates can help us more than we are aware of. It may be trendy and expensive, but it is surely worth it to incorporate the pomegranate into our produce roster. Pomegranates can be used in so many different ways and when we are aware of the uses for pomegranates, nutrition becomes much easier.

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