The Regal Superfood: Pomegranate!
Pomegranates are magical superfoods...and so regal with a crown that literally sits on the top of the berry itself! This delicious fruit thrives in dry and warm climates ~ and late October/early November is when they are at their peak, so now is the time to get em' while they are hot!
Inside the thick, red pomegranate skin are vibrant seeds that are surrounded by beautifully colored arils (seed casings) which are nested into a white squishy membrane.
Sidenote: did you know that each pomegranate can hold 200-1400 seeds!? That is a lot of seeds.
Yes, it can be a major pain to get to those little bursts of antioxidants inside, but soooooo worth it! The trick to get to the tasty seed is to cut the fruit in half, fill a bowl of water and use your hands to separate the seeds from the membrane...the water also helps to prevent any staining of your pretty little fingers. Once you have your seeds, you are on your way to a healthier you!
SKIN: Pomegranates are jammed with antioxidants and ellagic acid that will reduce the damage from UV rays on the skin while keeping our skin wrinkle free by increasing collagen production.
JOINTS: The pomegranate seeds have anti-inflammatory benefits that stop the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis.
BELLY: One pomegranate contains almost a quarter of the daily recommended amount of fiber. This will help keep our tummies happy and feeling full, while maintaining a healthy weight and keeping things moving. This also prevents hemorrhoids from forming or sticking around!
TEETH: Pomegranates contain antibacterial properties that have been proven to rid the mouth of plaque. Swish with it!
HEART: It has been proven that eating pomegranates will reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. In addition, they contain paraoxonase, a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that prevents LDL (bad cholesterol) from accumulating in the arteries.
IMMUNITY: Pomegranates are jam packed with Vitamin C, perfect for the winter months when our bodies become more depleted and run down.
Pomegranate seeds can be consumed raw, added to stews, shakes, salads, trail mixes or even turned into a juice. Enjoy them how you like and reap the benefits! Oh, and the heavier the pomegranate, the juicier it will be!