They’re a little bit funny looking and tough to seed, but once you get the hang of the humble pomegranate, you’re in for a delicious treat that’s packed with nutrients.
Pomegranate seeds are full of B vitamins, potassium, and folic acid. They’re also a great vegan source of iron. A 2006 study found that pomegranate’s anti-inflammatory properties may help protect you from cancer, and studies have also found that it helps prevent and might even help fight cardiovascular disease.
If eating the fruit isn’t your thing and you don’t mind giving up the beneficial fiber from pomegranate seeds, you can also drink pomegranate juice to get some of the same health benefits. One study found that pomegranate juice was better than grape juice or red wine when it came to protecting your body from harmful free radicals and at preventing high blood pressure.
Eating pomegranate isn’t the only way to get health benefits from this superfood. Pomegranate oil is great for your hair, cuticles, and nails. You can find pomegranate seed oil in health food stores and online. Just make sure you’re getting 100% pomegranate oil, since some companies use it as the main ingredient in an oil blend.
Need help seeding your pomegranate without the mess? Check out the video on the next page with a secret trick for easy seeding!
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