An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Our moms have been feeding us this old adage since elementary school!
However, one thing that they didn’t tell us in elementary school was that a pomegranate a day keeps the free radicals, arterial wall plaque, diarrhea, constipation, skin cancer, and wrinkles away! It’s no wonder why the pomegranate is rapidly becoming recognized as one of nature’s greatest super foods.
Pomegranates Eliminate Free Radicals
The main benefit provided by pomegranates is their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are widespread in certain foods found in nature, including pomegranates, and they help our bodies to fight against cellular damage and aging caused by pollutants known as ‘free radicals’. Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidant compounds as well as nearly half of our daily requirement of Vitamin C.
Pomegranates Reduce Artery Plaque
Pomegranates can also reduce the buildup of plaque on the walls of our arteries. In a 2003 study published in “Clinical Nutrition,” participants were asked to drink one ounce of pomegranate juice every day for a year. By the end of the study, it was found that the plaque on their arterial walls had decreased by an average of 30 percent, and their blood pressure dropped by over 12 percent.
Pomegranates Improve Digestion
It is recommended that we consume at least 20-35 grams of dietary fiber every day. A standard sized pomegranate, with a diameter of about four inches, has 11 grams of dietary fiber. The large amount of fiber in pomegranates helps the digestive system absorb nutrients more efficiently and improves the elimination of toxins.
Pomegranates Improve Skin Health
Pomegranates improve skin cell regeneration, which can aid in the healing of wounds and damaged tissues. They also produce additional elastin and collagen in our skin, helping us to look healthy and youthful. Also, the oil of a pomegranate contains ellagic acid, an antioxidant that can protect our skin from sunburns, sunspots, and skin cancer.
HERE’S A BONUS: Pomegranates Increase Testosterone Levels
Gentlemen... Want to keep those muscles? Try a pomegranate! According to 2012 research published in “Endocrine Abstracts,” 22 men were given pomegranate juice for two weeks and their testosterone levels were recorded. By the end of the study, their testosterone levels were 24 percent higher on average!
Don’t worry ladies, pomegranates won’t turn you into bodybuilders! We now know that there is a direct correlation (in both men and women) between estrogen levels and obesity, blood sugar, blood lipids, and blood pressure. Therefore, both men and women can benefit from preventing excess levels of estrogen in their bodies. Consuming pomegranates results in an anti-estrogenic effect through liver detoxification, which creates a fat burning environment leading to a healthier, leaner body for men and women alike.
Pomegranate season is from September through February, so take advantage of this ultimate super food while you can, and watch your body reap the benefits!
A pomegranate a day! Have a great week guys!
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