Pomegranates: a history of health

 

Pomegranates are one of the world’s oldest propagated fruits. Some scholars believe it was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Cherished for centuries for health benefits, they have a higher antioxidant content than green tea or red wine. Their ruby-red seeds, reminiscent of little jewels, have been seen in many cultures as a symbol of prosperity as well as righteousness, fruitfulness, knowledge and wisdom.

A nutrient-dense fruit, they are also extremely versatile when it comes to eating suggestions, working well in salads, with yogurt or simply on their own. Their potential contribution to wellness is also considerable, with research suggesting that adding pomegranates to a diet high in fruit and vegetables could slow the development of certain cancers, such as prostrate, lung and breast, while the compound punicalagin in pomegranates has also been shown to lower blood pressure.

Pomegranates – high in vitamins C and K:
  • Vitamin C bolsters the immune system. It also has a positive effect on skin, as it plays a role in the production of collagen, essential for a healthy, youthful look.
  • Vitamin K is important for bone health.

It’s usually better to eat a whole fruit rather than drink the juice, but the juice and extract of pomegranates have similar benefits, if to a lesser degree in comparison to eating the fruit. One glass a day of pomegranate juice contains about 40% of the RDA of vitamin C, but as when consuming any juice, always read the label to be sure it is 100% juice with no added sugar.

Pomegranate juice medical note: Preliminary research suggests that pomegranate juice may interact with a variety of medications (much like grapefruit juice does). For this reason, if you are on medication be sure to consult your doctor if you intend to drink pomegranate juice.

 

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Iris is the founder of No Targets Just Routine. She has researched food since 2009 and believes “Happiness is real food shared with loved ones.”

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