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					If you have never eaten a pomegranate, you don 鈥檛 know what you 鈥檙 e missing!
Pomegranates are not just a fruit; pomegranates are a super food filled with healthy
vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. With more and more research being done on
the health benefits of pomegranates we are learning more about how this powerful
fruit can keep our bodies healthy. Also known as the 鈥淕 ranada 鈥?or the 鈥淐
hinese Apple 鈥?the pomegranate is widely known for its fruit as well as its juice. The
pomegranate originated from India and Persia, but was brought to America by the
Spanish settlers. Now grown all over the world, the pomegranate season is between
September and February. It grows in warm climates and is resistant to droughts.
About the size of a grapefruit and reddish in color this fruit is packed full of essential
nutrients.     There is no doubt that the pomegranate fruit is a super food due to is
large amount of beneficial ingredients. High in vitamin C, the pomegranate contains
other vitamins such as vitamin B5, vitamin A, and vitamin E. In addition it is chock
full of minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron which add to its many health
benefits. The seeds within the pomegranate are also a great source of fiber. With three
times as many antioxidant properties as some other antioxidant rich foods, the
pomegranate has many polyphenols such as tannins, flavonoids, anthocyanins,
catechins, and ellagic acid. These phytochemicals enhance the pomegranate fruits
ability to minimize the effects of aging, tissue damage and disease. This softball
shaped fruit packs a punch with its low calories and high nutritional value.
     Without a doubt the nutritional content alone makes the pomegranate a great
source of daily nutrients, however what makes the pomegranate even more amazing is
its health benefits. By consuming the arils (juice filled seeds) or drinking pomegranate
juice you will get a dose of cancer fighting, anti carcinogens and anti inflammatory
rich food. Pomegranates improve the blood flow to the heart, which improves blood
pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It also has been
shown to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis by breaking down plaque build up in the
arteries. In addition it reduces dental plaque, which causes tooth decay. As a powerful
antioxidant, pomegranates slow the absorption and oxidation of LDL, also known as
bad cholesterol. LDL is a huge contributor to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and
arthritis. Therefore pomegranates decrease the risk of these diseases by flushing fat
out of the digestive tract. Pomegranates boost the immune system by decreasing
bacteria and viral infections within the body. Although in the early stages of research,
pomegranate juice has shown significant signs of suppressing cancer cell growth in
cases of breast and prostate cancer. Additionally pomegranate juice slows the
deterioration of human cartilage, which causes osteoarthritis. It also keeps blood
platelets from clumping together, which forms deadly blood clots.        Now that you
have seen all of the health benefits and nutritional value that pomegranate fruit and
pomegranate juice have, there is no way you should not include this wonderful super
food in your diet. When pomegranates are not in season, there are plenty of brands
that offer pomegranate juice as an alternative. Drinking 8oz of pomegranate juice or
eating 1 medium pomegranate a day will provide you with the essential nutrients and
health benefits that the pomegranate has to offer. Everyday Health, Live your Life to
the fullest! http://www.universalhealthinfo.com/Pomegranate_Fruit.html

				
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