Pomegranates are an often-overlooked fruit, likely because eating a pomegranate requires some meticulous work. But the health benefits of the pomegranate are too great to be ignored.
Pomegranates are a rich source of vitamin C and other powerful immune-boosting antioxidants. They're full of potassium and fiber, and they contain anti-inflammatory properties. More studies are needed to learn more about the definitive health benefits of pomegranates, but preliminary research has shown that eating pomegranate seeds (the actual fruit part) and/or drinking pomegranate juice may help reduce risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and some cancers.
Here are a few reasons pomegranates are worth the extra effort:
Curb appetite. The high fiber content of pomegranates helps satiate hunger—plus it's good for colon health.
Protect against plaque. Drinking pomegranate juice has been shown to protect against dental plaque microorganisms, which contain bacteria and may be linked to not just cavities and gum disease, but also other health problems such as heart disease. Pomegranate juice may also help stop plaque from building up in the blood vessels, reducing risk of heart attack or stroke.
May help slow progression of cancer. A study from the University of California, Riverside found that pomegranate juice might help stop prostate cancer cells from spreading.
May reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Animal studies show that mice fed pomegranate juice experience lower levels of amyloid plaque, a kind of plaque that is a hallmark sign of Alzheimer’s.
Want to improve your health with pomegranates? Here are a few recipes to try:
If you prefer drinking pomegranate juice to un-seeding and eating the fruit itself, be sure to choose a brand that is 100 percent pomegranate juice. You can also purchase pomegranate that has already been seeded.