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Herb of the Week: Pomegranate

Filed Under: Herbs at 2:35 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PomegranateAntioxidants are of the hottest supplements these days. We hear about the benefits of antioxidants everywhere and more products, such as cereals, nutritional bars and juices, are offering high amounts of it.

Pomegranate is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. The fruit originally from the region of Iran and northern India is now cultivated in South and Central America. Farms in parts of California and Arizona also grow pomegranate, mainly for juice production.

The name pomegranate derives from Latin pomum (“apple”) and granatus (“seeded”).

Pomegranate supplements help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and to regulate cholesterol levels. Its juice has been one of the top sellers in health food store nationwide in recent years.

People are looking for alternatives ways of increasing their antioxidant intake. Pomegranate juice is one of the best choices providing high amount of vitamin C, and it is also a good source of vitamin B5, and potassium.

The polyphenols are 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.

Plenty of juices high in antioxidants are available such as blueberry, mangosteen, goji and noni. Pomegranate juice could be the right one for you.

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