11. Blood pressure normalizing: Early research published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that pomegranate extract may help prevent blood pressure increases associated with eating high fat meals.
12. Metabolic syndrome regulating: Research published in the journal Food and Function shows that pomegranate helps regulate blood sugar, improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin, decreases inflammation, and improves numerous other factors involved in metabolic syndrome—frequently implicated in obesity and often a precursor to diabetes. Because of these effects, pomegranate may aid weight loss.
13. Anti-infectious: New research published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found that an extract of pomegranate increased the effectiveness of a drug used against gram-negative bacteria. Many gram-negative bacteria are known for drug resistance.
How to Enjoy Pomegranates:
You can eat them fresh on their own for a delicious snack or dessert.
Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on a salad for a beautiful and nutritious addition.
Drink unsweetened bottled pomegranate juice devoid of preservatives. I recommend diluting 1 part water to 1 part pomegranate juice to avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes.
Use a splash of pomegranate juice in salad dressing to jazz up a plate of greens.
Add some pomegranate juice to your favorite smoothie recipe.
Enjoy pomegranate juice with citrus juices for a delicious citrus cocktail.
I’d love to hear how you are enjoying pomegranates or pomegranate juice.
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