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Pomegranates are everywhere with a healthy polyphenol punch

16 October, 2012

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.

Fresh pomegranates at the market in Israel. Pomegranates with polyphenol punicalagin for antioxidant health benefit

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:

  • Skin: Fighting fine lines and wrinkles, which may be the visible signs of cell damage from free radicals. Don’t forget that the skin is the body’s largest organ and susceptible to free radical exposure from environmental factors like UV radiation or lifestyle choices like cigarette smoke.
  • Circulatory system: Free radical damage to small blood vessels can raise blood pressure.
  • Heart health: Antioxidants can prevent oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which winds up as sticky plaque buildup. This buildup can restrict blood flow and lead to serious heart disease.

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!

 
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