Superfood of the Week: Pomegranate

I’m jumping on the pomegranate bandwagon this week because this food, which is often overlooked in the fruit and juice aisles, is just too full of great stuff to ignore!

So what makes this exotic fruit so healthy? Researchers have reported that pomegranates are very rich in antioxidants that can keep levels of LDL [bad] cholesterol down. In addition, pomegranate juice, which can be found in most grocery stores and health food stores, can help keep blood platelets from forming unwanted clots! The American Journal of Cardiology also produced a study that reported that eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for up to three months improved the amount of oxygen getting pumped into the heart muscle of patients with coronary heart disease.

On top of those benefits, pomegranate juice also has been linked to prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given pomegranate juice and in turn, they accumulated less amyloid plaque than the control mice. They also performed better in mental tasks.

If you aren’t brave enough to eat a pomegranate, try the juice! Either way, this superfood is too great to ignore, so stock up!


~ by therealnutritionist on May 5, 2010.

One Response to “Superfood of the Week: Pomegranate”

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