Pass the Pomegranate!

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

Pomegranates are exotic fruits that are red in color and look like a cross between an apple and an orange. They are filled with delicious red seeds called arils which can be consumed raw or made into juice. In the Jewish faith, the pomegranate is the symbol for forgiveness, and pomegranates are even mentioned in Greek literature, specifically the myth of Persephone.

What’s so special about the pomegranate? One serving of pomegranate juice supplies about 16% of the daily vitamin C requirement for adults. It is also a great source of vitamin B5, iron and potassium. The nutrients found in pomegranates may help maintain cellular, immune and joint health. They may also support healthy circulation, as well as favorable blood pressure and cholesterol levels already within normal range.

Pomegranates also contain high levels of antioxidants. The antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates include polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins. These antioxidants guard against the effects of free radicals and support circulation, immune function and normal inflammatory response. So try something exotic; replace your daily glass of orange juice with a glass of pomegranate juice!