Pomegranate Power

PomegranateThe beautiful Pomegranate is actually classed as a berry and can be between the size of a lemon and a grapefruit, it is native to southwest Asia but is now cultivated widely for it’s juice production.  The name  is derived from Latin – Pomum (Apple) and Granatus (Seeded), The seeded apple!

The important bits of a Pomegranate are the seeds inside, which are called “Arils“, these can range in colour, but most are a bright red colour. Scoop them all out and nibble on them throughout the day, or alternatively juice them for the ruby red coloured juice –  you will need at least 2-3 to get a decent cup of juice.

Pomegranate juice provides about 16% of an adults Vitamin C requirements, it’s also a good source of Vitamin B5, Potassium and potent Antioxidant Polyphenols.  It is a good source of Beta-Carotene and Polyphenol Catechins, and studies have shown it has been effective in reducing heart disease risk factors and boost Prostate health for men.

PomegreatI personally prefer the beautiful coloured juice as it’s easier than picking out all the seeds and it tastes amazing. I like “Pomegreat” juice and you can find this in most supermarkets, it also comes in different combinations like Pomegranate and Blueberry/Acai.

Remember to drink fruit juice through a straw to protect your tooth enamel!

For more information on Pomegranates, visit PomWonderful.com

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