Tasty as a stand-alone fruit, great to add texture and colour to salads, fabulous in a juice and packed with all manner of delicious goodness - pomegranates can rightfully claim their place as a superfood.
What is pomegranate?
Pomegranate is a popular Middle Eastern fruit with distinctive red gem-like seeds. It can be eaten fresh, in juices and in supplement form. Pomegranates are a good source of fibre, are high in antioxidants (known to fight free radicals which are linked to cell damage and disease) and are good sources of iron and vitamins A,C and E-all of these describe pomegranate extract benefits.
Why do I need pomegranate?
Pomegranates have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and today modern science is providing the evidence to show just why this special fruit is so good for us.
Several studies have linked pomegranate consumption to reduced progression of prostate cancer and more recently the same has been seen with breast cancer.*
Pomegranate also seems to protect the heart. Studies have found it slows plaque formation in mice with clogged-up arteries. Human studies have also achieved promising results. Patients with coronary heart disease who drank pomegranate juice over three months reported improved blood flow to the heart and a lower risk of heart attack.*
Pomegranate also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and may have a role to play in the treatment of osteoarthritis. A study* on rabbits found reduced inflammation in those treated with pomegranate extract.
There is even some evidence that pomegranate juice can ward off complications in patients on dialysis.
Pomegranate extract benefits are mostly because pomegranates contain high levels of powerful polyphenol antioxidants which probably account for its health-enhancing powers. It's also rich in vitamin C and A both of which play a role in boosting immunity, while the iron content in pomegranate helps with the formation of haemoglobin within the blood cells needed to transport oxygen to all the cells in our bodies.
Can too much pomegranate be harmful?
Pomegranate juices often include added sugar - try to avoid this or take pomegranate supplements instead.