Here in Israel we are in the heyday of the annual pomegranate season. These hardy desert shrubs bear fruit from late summer through late fall, and the distinctive globe shape graces our tables for the New Year, Rosh HaShana, and beyond!
Beautifully colored inside and out, tasty pomegranates have proven health benefits. The polyphenols, or plant-based compounds, ensconced in these pretty fruits have great antioxidant, antifungal and even antibacterial power.
How Pomegranate Antioxidants Can Benefit Your Body
Just to remind you, antioxidants work inside the body to prevent the corrosive nature of free radicals. Free radicals are rogue oxygen molecules that can damage the body’s tissues on a cellular level. Antioxidants bond to the loose oxygen and render it safe.
Antioxidants from pomegranates, including punicalagin (taken from the fruit’s Latin name, Punica granatum), can serve many of the body’s systems:
Not Just the Tasty Parts
But why restrict your access to these amazing health benefits only when pomegranates are in season? Galilee Nutritionals Super Antioxidant offers the nutritional punch of 3 to 5 whole pomegranates, including the seeds, pith and peel. The pith—the spongy white part of the fruit that holds the arils in place—and peel are known to contain high levels of punicalagin, but they are too bitter to consume as food.
Make this known “superfood” a part of your daily routine!