Pomegranate’s Punch

  Care of Amy Symington Pomegranates were originally found to grow in Middle Eastern countries.  However, once its bursting beads of flavour were discovered elsewhere in the world, its cultivation spread like wildflower to Asian and Mediterranean countries, Africa and most recently can be found here, in our North American grocery stores and corner markets. The heart of this healthy matter Pomegranates have a parade of potential health bennies; the most commonly known being its super antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties.  This is thanks to the plethora of polyphenols present, specifically “ellagitannins” which are found in the fruit’s tannins.  Pomegranates are also high in vitamin C and fibre, both of which one can never get enough of health wise.  Some preliminary research has also shown pomegranates to have a positive impact on heart health by lowering LDL cholesterol, foam cells (which make up the fatty streaks present in plaque in our arteries) and the arterial lesions that lead to heart disease. A great deal more research on this tart treat is currently underway including clinical trials on prostate and colon cancer, diabetes and the common cold.  Stay tuned to your favourite legit nutrition journal for… Read More

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