Antioxidant Rich Pomegranates

Its great flavor and health benefits have made the pomegranate a great candidate for those who seek natural health foods.

When you cut open a pomegranate you will be amazed at the number of ruby-colored seeds inside. Trying to get to the seeds can be somewhat difficult as the permanent red juice squirts everywhere when you try to wrestle the seeds out. To prevent that from happening, break apart pomegranates underwater. First score the leathery rind, and then submerge the fruit in a bowl of water while you break apart the segments and separate the seeds free from the white membrane. The membrane floats so it's easy to skim off. Pour the rest through a colander and in minutes you'll have hundreds of seeds and no stains!

Pomegranate seeds are worth the trouble because they're an antiaging, skin-protecting, cancer-fighting powerhouse. The seeds are packed with anthocyanins, vitamin C, lycopene, and resveratrol. Research in humans has shown that the juice reduces several risk factors for heart disease and inhibits tumor growth.

If you prefer just the juice, take the whole pomegranate fruit and roll it over a hard surface just enough to release the juice from the seeds inside but not breaking the fruit's skin. Then make a small hole and with a straw drink the juice!

Pomegranates have a high level of antioxidants. Studies have shown that pomegranate contains more antioxidants than green tea, cranberries and even red wine!

By including pomegranate in your daily diet you can improve your blood flow which helps to prevent heart diseases such as heart attacks, stroke or clogged arteries. Studies have also concluded that it may help prevent prostate cancer and growth.

The ancient Greeks believed that eating this "apple of many seeds" might lead to immortality. Anything that keeps skin cells plump a little longer, maintains a healthier heart, and holds promise for preventing cancer has got to be good.

The pomegranate fruit contains many antioxidants for our bodies and eating it daily is beneficial for your health. However, while pomegranate is great, you should always mix plenty of different fruits in your diet. I also suggest these other antioxidant rich fruits - grapes, apples, blueberries, bilberries, lycium fruit (goji berries), elderberry, cranberry, noni, and prunes.

Along with decreasing inflammation, consuming a diet rich in low-fat fruits provides antioxidants that help decrease the risk of many diseases including: heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and arthritis.