Great day leader! Myself and the ILEAD Company® team welcomes you to Fitness Friday.
On Fridays, I will educate you on becoming mentally sound and physically fit. Nutrition and Fitness is influential! We are continuing our blog chat about amazing super fruit. This next one is amazingly good, although it takes patience to get its benefits. It’s none other than the great….pomegranate!
Healthy Food – Never Forsake the Pomegranate
Pomegranates have been around since ancient times and their health benefits have been recognized. Pomegranates can range from yellow-orange to red to deep purple. Rich in potassium, vitamin C, polyphenols and vitamin B6, pomegranates are real phytochemical powerhouses. Pomegranate juice may have two to three times the antioxidant power of equal amounts of green tea or red wine.
What Have Studies Said About Pomegranates
In one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pomegranate juice was a potent fighter in the battle against atherosclerosis. As little as a ¼ cup of pomegranate juice daily may improve cardiovascular health by reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol. In addition, animal studies suggest that pomegranates may cause regression of atherosclerotic lesions. It’s unfortunate that many of us avoid pomegranates because it takes some work to get to the seeds.
Pomegranates possess potent anti-inflammatory phyto-chemicals, and consumption of pomegranate juice has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive volunteers. Studies of several fruit juices and wines have reported the highest polyphenols concentration in pomegranate juice followed by red wine and cranberry juice.
If you’ve never tried a pomegranate, autumn is the perfect time. Select a pomegranate by weight: the seeds represent about half the weight of the fruit and so the heavier the fruit the better. The skin should be shiny without any cracks. You can store your pomegranate in a cool place for about a month, but it will keep in the fridge for up to two months.
Let’s chat about this amazing fruit tonight at 9p.m. EST during the TKO night show.