Fall is a great time of year to power up your immune system, and pomegranates are perfect for the job! They are one of the most nutrient dense foods available, full of antioxidants. Pomegranates, and other nutrient dense foods, feed the body and increase energy.
Pomegranates are an ancient fruit believed to have originated in Persia. Today, pomegranate trees are grown in many parts of the world, including the United States (in California and Arizona). The name pomegranate is from the Latin language and means “seeded apple”. The seeds are the only edible part of the pomegranate.
Pomegranate seeds are crunchy, colorful, refreshing and delicious! Here are a few more reasons to add pomegranates to your grocery shopping list:
- they are one of the best sources of powerful antioxidants (phytochemcals, flavonoids and polyphenols). This gives them incredible antioxidant power! The antioxidants neutralizes free radicals that damage our cells, and protects our body against heart disease and cancer.
- they contain Vitamins C, E, K, B5 (pantothenic acid) and folate. They also contain minerals: manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium
- they contain fiber – very important for digestion and overall digestive health.
- they contain compounds (unique to pomegranates) called punicalagins. Punicalagins are the main reason for all the health benefits. According to recent studies these compounds lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure . They also help the body recover from atherosclerosis (heart blockages) by reducing the plaque on artery walls.
- their many nutrients help build and support the immune system. This is extremely beneficial during the colder winter months.
- current research indicates that pomegranate’s phytochemicals might have an effect on reducing or preventing depression and osteoporosis.
Pure pomegranate juice is also very powerful and nutrient dense. Yet, because the fiber from the seeds has been removed, the pure juice quite likely has a medium high glycemic load (spikes blood sugar and causes the body to produce excess insulin). If you drink pure pomegranate juice, it would be advisable to have some protein and fiber along with it, to help it digest more slowly.
Because pomegranate seeds are so full of nutrients and are delicious, it makes them a great choice for adding to a smoothie or salad. They also make a great snack to eat by the spoonful. Fall is pomegranate season – so enjoy fresh pomegranates, as you increase your energy and stoke up your immune system for the winter!
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