I love the fall for so many reasons and one of the big ones is that pomegranates are in season! There’s nothing quite like that burst of sweet- tart flavor that you get when you chew pomegranate arils (seeds). Yum! Now, aside from tasting amazing, it also does amazing things for your health.
Pomegranate contains an extremely powerful antioxidant called punicalagin, which accounts for most of its health protective properties. And, did you know that pomegranate juice has been shown to have greater antioxidant capacity than even red wine, grape juice, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice? In fact, research has shown that the antioxidant power in pomegranates offers health protection in three major areas.
Pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effects that are protective against cancer as well as other chronic diseases. And pomegranate has properties that may help to prevent growing tumors from acquiring a blood supply and also prevent those tumors from receiving the nutrients that would allow them to grow bigger. It gets better because pomegranate is one of the few foods that contain natural aromatase inhibitors. What this means is that they block the production of estrogen which is beneficial to reduce breast cancer risk!
Pomegranate contains powerful phytochemicals that reduce LDL oxidation which is a contributor to atherosclerotic plaque development and they have been shown to have blood pressure-reducing properties as well.
Boosts Brain Function:
Research has shown that in those with mild memory complaints, drinking pomegranate juice daily helped them perform better on memory tasks and they were found to have increased brain function!
With all of this good news, doesn’t it just make you want to run out and get some pomegranates? As for me, I really don’t an excuse, I just love them. But, I will admit that they can be a bit of a pain to eat. So, here’s two simple steps to make it easier to remove the arils:
- Cut the pomegranate around the diameter
- Split it into two and then pound the back with the back of a large serving spoon which will help get the arils out.
Yes, it is a bit of work but, the benefits and deliciousness of pomegranate make the effort well worth it. Pomegranate season is short, so get them while you can. I like to freeze some arils in the freezer so I can get my pomegranate fix year around. To your good health!