It's has been suggested that it was pomegranates that grew in the Garden of Eden and not apples, so really, they have been around a very long time... and with good reason.
A pomegranate is a red, round fruit that looks a bit like a red apple with a flower-shaped stem. It is very rich in nutrients which has its roots in areas of Northern India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.
It has a thick skin that is peeled to uncover the fruit parts (called arils) that are juicy and sweet.
They are found in drinks and juice blends because according to a research study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, since pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, they can prevent the oxidization of LDL cholesterol, also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol.
What's so cool about a pomegranate:
- It has more antioxidants (i.e., punicalagins) than other superfoods like acai berry juice or green tea. Punicalagins are extremely powerful antioxidants found in the juice and peel of the fruit.
- It is high in vitamin C.
- It's good for vitamin B5 for the body's metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
- It's a source of manganese; important in the metabolic process of sugars.
- It has potassium for healthy cellular functions and balanced fluid levels.
- It has very little fat and no cholesterol.
This juicy seedy fruit has many health benefits, with most claims stating that the pomegranate helps to:
- Fights Cancer
- Protects Cardiovascular Health
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Eliminates Free Radicals
- Slows Aging
- Prevent Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Helps with Dry Skin
- Helps with weightloss