10 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About Pomegranates
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:
1. They're anti-inflammatory.
2. They're good for the heart.
3. They can assist with weight loss.
Chinese researchers found that a polyphenol in pomegranate might help reduce obesity caused by high-fat diets and protect against metabolic disorders.
4. They help protect your skin from damage.
The strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate might help protect skin against sun-induced damage, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
5. They could improve sexual health.
6. They protect the liver.
Chinese researchers found that polyphenols and flavonoids, the major antioxidant components harnessed from pomegranates, might protect people from liver damage.
7. They help fight infection.
8. They could help women in labor.
A study from the University of Liverpool discovered that pomegranate extract has the potential to be used to encourage the uterus to contract during labor, through a rise in calcium, which is necessary for any muscle to contract.
9. They protect against arthritis.
10. They help with brain health.
An international team of researchers led by the University of Huddersfield discovered that a natural polyphenol compound found in pomegranate can inhibit inflammation in specialized brain cells, to help prevent or slow down Alzheimer's development.
Want to learn more about how to enjoy pomegranates? Check out the recipes I created for The Fat Resistance Diet.