They may be tough to seed, my kitchen currently looks like I’ve murdered someone, but pomegranates have powerful health benefits and are packed with nutrients. Pomegranate seeds are full of B vitamins, potassium, and folic acid. They’re also a great vegan source of iron. The 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 that isn’t enough to make you want to go out and buy a bunch of juicy plum pomegranates then maybe this will help;
- Pomegranate juice can deflate so-called muffin tops and belly fat, according to a study by Queen Margaret University. Volunteers who drank 500ml of juice every day for four weeks had lower levels of plasma NEFA (non-esterified fatty acids), which are linked to the storage of abdominal fat
- A research program by scientists in Spain has discovered that pomegranate extract stimulates type I procollagen synthesis in the skin, which helps restore the skin’s youthful appearance.
- Pomegranate juice significantly reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol in saliva, while volunteers reported feeling more enthusiastic and less distressed after having the drink.
- A daily glass of juice increases levels of testosterone – which can boost sexual desire – in both men and women. Testosterone can also boost memory and calm nerves.
- Some brands of pomegranate juice drink now contain a natural fruit sweetener which provides a slow, continuous energy release rather than a short-term energy rush.
Next time your in the fruit shop grab yourself a pomegranate, you can eat it on its own, make juice or even add it to another dish like a pomegranate, beetroot and feta salad.