Sweet and tart. Tangy and juicy. Delicious.
That's the pleasure you get when you crack open a fresh pomegranate and suck on the deep red seeds of the luscious fruit. Or when you simply crack open a bottle of pure pomegranate juice and take a satisfying gulp.
Not only are pomegranates tasty, but they're also full of natural health benefits. After all, this fruit's rich ruby-red look comes from polyphenols, the potent antioxidants. Plus, both the fruit and its outer skin are rich in flavonoids (a compound with important health benefits). That's part of the reason pomegranates have recently generated a flurry of excitement in the scientific community.
Bonus: November is National Pomegranate Month. So I recommend enjoying the delightful little gems while they're in season this fall and early winter. Not only is drinking an 8-ounce glass of unsweetened pomegranate juice a great way to start your day, but the fruit's vibrant red hues also make a wonderful addition to holiday meals.
Here's a look at some of the fascinating benefits of pomegranates discovered by researchers around the world: