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Superfoods: Pomegranate

Considered one of the earliest fruits that have been cultivated along with grapes, figs and olives between 4000 and 3000 B.C.E., pomegranate continues to hold us in awe for its limitless health benefits. See what this fruit, dubbed the ‘miracle fruit’ has in store for you.

  • Pomegranate juice provides about 16% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, and is a good source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), potassium, vitamin E and folic acid
  • Like aspirin, its juice can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots

A word of caution: Pomegranate juice appears to interfere with certain medications much as grapefruit juice does

  • Able to reduce arthritis inflammation and act as an inhibitor of the enzymes that break down cartilage
  • Pomegranate compounds might prevent prostate cancer or slow its growth.
  • Might help reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Contains antioxidants such as polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins that can lower a person’s risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s and premature aging
  • May be a natural choice to prevent dental plaque which helps decrease bad breath and gum disease
  • Shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme
  • Long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction and increase libido in both men and women
  • Shown to reduce plaque in the arteries, by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and raising HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Has three times more antioxidants ounce for ounce than does red wine or green tea
  • Has an excellent mix of antioxidants that help to keep skin moist and firm

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