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Positively Pomegranate

by Lindsay Barton, blogger

(Courtesy of healthtotalbody.com)

We’ve all seen them in our local grocery store. They’re big, red, firm and kind of resemble an oversized onion. They used to look out of place sitting next to the apples and oranges, but not anymore. They’ve recently been flying out of the produce section in huge numbers, thanks to their proven antioxidant properties.

Pomegranates are native to Iran and India and have been grown in the Mediterranean since ancient times. They are one of the most nutritious fruits available, and are low in calories and a good source of fiber. When this succulent fruit is split open, only the sweet red seeds are edible. The seeds taste great alone and make a great addition to salads!

Pomegranates are bursting with vitamins and minerals.  One pomegranate provides 48 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, and 58 percent of vitamin K and 27 percent folate. Ten percent of the daily value of phosphorus and 19 percent of the daily value of potassium can also be found in pomegranates.

Pomegranates have been praised for their numerous health benefits, especially cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that they reduce levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. The powerful antioxidants in pomegranates also prevent the formation of cancer cells, activate DNA-repairing enzymes and stop multiplication of cancerous cells. Chemicals in these wonder fruits reduce inflammation that can relieve arthritis and asthma.

Pomegranate juice is a great way to get all the benefits of the fruit without having to deal with its bitter skin. POM Wonderful is one of the most popular juices on the market and contains no added sugars or filler juices. Drinking pomegranate juice is a great way to boost your immune system and keep your skin glowing. The next time you’re in Wegmans, forget the orange juice and switch to pomegranate for an even healthier choice!

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