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Pomegranates: The crown jewel of fruits

(Karen Kolowski, R.D., Baltimore Sun) One of the earliest cultivated fruits, the pomegranate can be traced to 3,500 B.C. It is believed by some scholars to be what tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden rather than an apple. Ancient Egyptians used to bury their dead with the fruit because it was thought to provide eternal life. Greeks break one open at wedding ceremonies for prosperity. And the Chinese eat candied seeds for good luck.
Scientists have now discovered what the ancient Persians always knew: The pomegranate is a superfood, full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Antioxidants are scavengers that neutralize harmful free radicals, unpaired molecules that can cause damage found in your body… The antioxidants that pomegranates specifically contain are polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins.
These antioxidants are also found in wine and green tea but not in the abundance contained in the pomegranate. Current studies have shown that consuming pomegranates may help reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing LDL, or "bad," cholesterol. The antioxidants help prevent arteriosclerosis, or hardening of arteries. They have also been shown to help maintain proper blood flow.
The fruit has shown some preventative qualities when it comes to prostate and breast cancer, although more research is needed. Another study suggests the pomegranate could also help lower blood pressure. This beneficial fruit is a rich source of potassium, folic acid, vitamin C and fiber.
Community: Pomegranate extracts are available. I take a combination pomegranate and blueberry extract.
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