I just LOVE pomegranates! Everything about them screams fun, from their succulent, bright flesh to their amazing flavour, and those awesome little seeds which pop in your mouth. Mmm. Turns out they pack some punch in the health stakes too, chock full of flavonoids, fibre, enzymes and those all important anti-oxidants. Thanks to Eat, Pray, Love Fitness for this top 5 on why pomegranates are great for you!! xx
5 Reasons to love pomegranates
1. They keep your teeth clean.
Rich in polyphenolic flavonoids—compounds with antibacterial properties—pomegranate juice has been found to be just as effective as prescription mouthwash at ridding the mouth of plaque, the bacteria that causes cavities and gingivitis.
2. They regulate cholesterol.
Pomegranates contain paraoxonase—a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that helps keep LDL (bad cholesterol) from accumulating in arteries. In one study, subjects who drank pomegranate juice for two weeks had an 18% increase in production of the enzyme.
3. They can help prevent arthritis.
Studies have shown that both pomegranate seed oil and pomegranate fruit extract have anti-inflammatory effects that stop the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis.
4. They are a great source of fiber.
“A single pomegranate contains nearly a quarter of the USDA’s daily recommended amount of dietary fiber, which helps you feel full and maintain a healthy weight,”…
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