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Pomegranate

The pomegranate tree is thought to have originated in the Persia and Sub-Himalayan foothills of Northern India. It grows to about five and eight meters tall with a fruit about the size of a large orange, obscurely six-sided, with a smooth, thick skin that ranges in color from brownish yellow to deep red. The inside of a pomegranate is divided into chambers, separated by cream-colored membranes, of hundreds of arils, which are the seed pods inside a pomegranate. These arils consist of juicy, brilliant-red fruit surrounding tiny, crisp, edible seeds.

Pomegranates are low in fat and high in both soluble and insoluble fibers. They contain notable amounts of potassium, which plays a role in nerve conduction, muscle control and blood pressure regulation and vitamins C and K, which are essential for the immune system and blood clotting. Vital B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folates, pyridoxine, calcium, copper and manganese are also present in moderate amounts. In addition, they have impressive levels of antioxidants, specifically punicalagins, and the fatty acid punicic acid.

Health benefits may include:

  • Enhanced exercise performance
  • Improved memory
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties
  • Lowered risk of heart disease
  • Less joint pain
  • Blood pressure management
  • Cancer prevention
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