Benefits of the Pomegranate Seed

Pom Seeds are a Girls Best Friend

IMG_6440The pomegranate is a very nutrient rich fruit which is only one of the reasons why it is extremely popular in our world today. The pomegranate has an outer layer that is of leathery texture that can show a mixture of colors such as orange-yellow, red, or purple. Once you get to the inside, you have reached the ruby red jewels. The inside is filled with pink arils with sweet seeds that are busting with juicy goodness.

Nutrition Facts

  • Pomegranates are filled with polyphenols that act as antioxidants, protecting our bodies cells from free radical damage.
  • They contain high amounts of vitamin C, one medium pomegranate provides 40% of the daily requirement for vitamin C.
  • One pomegranate delivers only 100-140 calories.
  • Great source of fiber and some protein within the seeds.
  • Contains high amounts of vitamin K that helps support bone health and is a good source of folate.  
  • A 8oz glass of pomegranate juice will provide your body with 5% of its daily value for vitamins E, B6, and pantothenic acid (B5). The B5 helps the body metabolize, protein, carbohydrates and fats.
  • Cholesterol free.
  • This fruit is higher in calories compared to some other fruits because it has unsaturated oils, sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Pomegranates are packed with manganese that helps to bone formation throughout the metabolic process.
  • Pomegranates are a good source of potassium, which helps to maintain cellular functions and balance fluid levels.
  • Also contains high levels of minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron.

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Benefits of Pomegranate

1. Health Benefits

  •  Eliminate Free Radicals. The antioxidants like tannins and polyphenols help minimize and remove the effects of free radicals.
  • Fight Cancer. The antioxidants lower risk of some types of cancer, including breast, prostate and skin cancers.
  • Heart Health. Pomegranate juice can act as a blood thinner by helping to remove plaque from the arteries, thus lowering risk of atherosclerosis. Drinking the juice can help lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol reducing risk of cardiovascular issues.
  • Assists Anemics. The high amounts of iron in pomegranates will raise hemoglobin levels in your blood.
  • Improve Bone Health. Pomegranate juice can help to prevent cartilage damage and degeneration to prevent osteoarthritis.
  • Boost Digestive Health. Pomegranate juice helps to secrete enzymes that have anti-bacterial properties that aid in digestion. These enzymes help to lower chances of hemorrhoids, nausea, intestinal parasites, constipation, and diarrhea.
  • Promote Blood Flow. Used to help relieve blood clots. Pomegranates can help to create a youthful glow appearance by improving blood circulation.
  • Reduce Inflammation. High vitamin C content works as an anti-inflammatory agents.
  • Weight Lose. Pomegranates have natural properties that gives additional energy and cleanses the body, improving lose weight.

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2. Beauty Benefits

  • Regenerate Cells. Protects skin by aiding in the repair of tissues and encouraging circulation to skin.
  • Natural Sunscreen. The oil of a pomegranate contains the antioxidant ellagic acid that can help to protect the body from skin cancer. They help to prevent hyperpigmentation, age spots, and wrinkles caused by sun damage.
  • Youthful Glow. The increased elastin and collagen can make your skin appear more firm, smooth and youthful.
  • Improve Dry Skin. Contains a cellular structure that provides additional moisture to deep layers within the skin. This is why many skin care products contain pomegranate.
  • Aids during Pregnancy. High in niacin, folic acid, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, iron and fiber that contributes to a healthy pregnancy by increasing cellular growth.IMG_8679

So you ask when are pomegranates in season?

Well officially, you can purchase pom seeds when they are our of season, but they will be more expensive and difficult to find depending on what time of the year you are searching for them. They are truly harvested during the months between Thanksgiving and New Years or in terms of months, October through February.  Remember, I always try to get the biggest bang for my buck, so I limit purchasing pomegranates to those months to buy them at their peak of quality and at the cheapest dollar. They are so delicious and healthy I could find a way to add them to any recipe, but I have to use self-control and stick to the smart shopper way, buying in season.IMG_5937

An important tip to know is how to select your pomegranate. You will want to look for the fruit with a deep colored red to reddish-brown outer rind. When you pick it up, the pomegranate should be heavy for its size. That should demonstrate it is ripe and ready to eat. Storing this fruit in the refrigerator will help it last for three to four weeks if it is unopened. Once they are deseeded you should eat them within two to three days, but if you are anything like me, you will have no problem enjoying them all before that third day arrives. The seeds can also be frozen for up to one year if need be. Simply place in a sealed bag and date the bag with a permanent marker to keep track of when you placed them in the freezer.

I hope you learned something that will be helpful to you! Thanks for living My Nutrition Vision today!

 

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