Pomegranate used to be an unusual and exquisite fruit. That was back a few years ago when the Internet wasn’t around to spread the word about health and nutrition.
Now, Pomegranate has become a popular fruit because it provides plenty of health benefits. Today, you can find reports and studies about pomegranate everywhere and more and more products containing this bright red fruit are being created.
Pomegranate supplements, juices and nutritional bars have become top-selling items in health food stores and the trend will continue as more people discover this incredible product.
Pomegranate has very high levels of antioxidant called “flavenoids”, which help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and to regulate cholesterol levels. Pomegranate juice provides high amounts of vitamin C, and it is also a good source of vitamin B5, and potassium.
In addition, pomegranate contains polyphenols, called punicalagins, an antioxidant which has free-radical properties, protecting cardiovascular function and accurate cellular replication.
Pomegranate is one the most powerful antioxidant fruits. It tops all other conventional fruits, including blueberry and strawberry, in its ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value. The ORAC of pomegranate juice is measures at 10,500 units per 100 grams.
The fruit is originally from the region of Iran and northern India and the name pomegranate derives from Latin pomum (“apple”) and granatus (“seeded”). The fruit is now cultivated in South and Central America and farms in parts of California and Arizona also grow pomegranate, mainly for juice production.
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