Pomegranates, the Perfect Fruit
By Donna Kostiew
My younger daughter loves to eat pomegranate seeds like some children do candy. They practically are just like candy too, with their perfect shape, sweet juice, and delicious flavor. And although she often ends up with stained fingers and clothes (I still don’t understand how she gets the juice everywhere), I actually don’t really mind. Because I know that pomegranates are packed full of the most unbelievable goodness that you will be able to find in the fruit section at your local grocery store.
What are Pomegranate Seeds?
Unlike many other fruits, in which the seeds are mostly discarded, the pomegranate seeds are the only edible part of this fruit. The fruit is a deep red color and made of two parts, the tough outer “shell,” and the white inner membrane which holds and protects the seeds.
Pomegranate Seeds are full of Nutrition
Apart from being delicious, what makes pomegranates stand out from the rest are the health benefits that they offer. Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidant properties and are packed with loads of nutrients and vitamins, especially Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as folic acid. Wondering what else they are good for? Take a look at what a pomegranate does.
- Maintains healthy blood circulation
- Improves appearance of skin and prevents wrinkles
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps fight cancer
- Treats sore throats
- Boosts memory
- Increases weight loss
- Reduces the onset of arthritis
- Promotes heart health
- Lowers the risk of diabetes
Have you had enough yet, or do you need yet another reason to try pomegranate seeds? Well, pomegranate juice has also been shown to have higher antioxidant activity than red wine and green tea! And we have all heard about the health benefits that come from drinking those, right?
Pomegranate seeds are nutrient-packed snacks that definitely take a bit more work than any other piece of fruit to enjoy, but the health benefits are well worth the effort. You can enjoy these benefits by consuming the seeds in their natural form, by drinking their juice, or by using them in syrups, pastes, or concentrates. Pomegranate seeds are especially good on top of salads or ice cream.
But no matter how you consume these perfect little bites of fruit, the advantages and health benefits of pomegranates are countless. So go get in your car, head on out to purchase some, and start reaping the incredible health benefits of this beautiful fruit. Just be careful of the juice … it stains!
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