The Healing Power of Pomegranates

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Autumn and winter are two of the most beautiful seasons of the year, and with them come some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables of the year, as well. Pomegranates are often seen as part of the culinary festivities that happen around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other late-year holidays, and pomegranate juice has become quite popular throughout the year.

But did you know that aside from their wonderful taste, pomegranates are powerhouses of nutritional healing and wellness? Below are 10 health benefits you can obtain by eating pomegranates.

Power of Pomegranates

Pomegranates are truly the fruit that loves you back. The juice of a pomegranate, fresh pressed if possible, literally floods your body with health-promoting, disease-fighting, mood-boosting goodness. The fact that they are most prevalent during the fall and winter season is perfect because they can help fight against cold and flu viruses.

The easiest way to prepare a pomegranate is to cut the top “chimney” off, taking some of the pulp with it, soaking it in water for five minutes, and then peeling it under the water. The edible arils will sink to the bottom, and the pulp and pith will rise to the top. Skim the material off the top of the water, pour the seeds and water into a strainer to rinse them, and let them dry for a few minutes on a paper towel.

Of course, you can also pull them apart into sections and excavate your own fruit, which can be fun, as well, and most high-quality juicers will allow you to put whole sections (or even the whole fruit) into them and will create fresh pomegranate juice for you. No matter how you consume them, pomegranates are a delicious way to stay happy and healthy.

The Healing Power of Pomegranates

Clean Teeth

The juice of a pomegranate is as effective at ridding your mouth of plaque as prescription mouthwash. You can obtain this benefit by eating the pomegranate, or by drinking fresh pressed juice.

Antibacterial Properties

Pomegranates are rich in polyphenolic flavanoids, which is just a fancy way of saying they are nature’s antibiotic. If you feel a cold coming on, or you are concerned about getting sick, eat pomegranates.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Both the fruit and the oil from pomegranate seeds have properties that stop the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis. If your joints have been aching, bulk up on these ruby fruits.

Lowers Cholesterol

Pomegranates have paraoxonase, which is an enzyme that helps lower cholesterol.

High Fiber

Pomegranates have tons of fiber, especially if you eat the seeds inside the arils, which helps you feel fuller longer, can help fight obesity, and is another way pomegranates help remove cholesterol from the body.

Protects Skin

This beautiful fruit is packed with anti-oxidants and ellagic acid, a specific type of antioxidant, which defends your skin against harsh free radicals, increases collagen production, and limits the damaging effects of UV rays and the sun. Just because it’s cloudy out doesn’t mean your skin isn’t at risk, so eat your pomegranates!

Boosts Immune System Function

The fruit of a pomegranate has immune-supporting properties that have been shown to fight various diseases, and can even help prevent cancer.

Promotes a Healthy Heart

Not only do pomegranates help remove cholesterol from your body, which protects your heart, but they also lower your blood pressure. In addition to that, pomegranates inhibit abnormal platelet formation, which helps to prevent against heart attack, stroke, and embolic disease. Studies have also shown that pomegranates may actually reverse atherosclerotic plaque!

Makes You Happy

Not only are pomegranates beautiful, fun to eat, and delicious, but they are also thought to relieve and prevent depression and other mental health conditions.

Protects Your Digestive System

Pomegranates can help prevent against diarrhea and other digestive issues, and they also aid in digestion, which can help lower your body weight.

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