Pomegranates taste good, but will they really make me look younger? I decided to stop wondering about the hype and actually do some research to get some answers. Here’s what I found out about this interesting little fruit, enjoy!
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Where do pomegranates come from?
The term pomegranate comes from the Latin phrase pomum granatum, which means “apple of many seeds.” The pomegranate is a small fruit-bearing tree that originated in Persia. It is one of the world’s first cultivated fruits.
What are the health benefits of pomegranates?
Pomegranates have been valued for their nutritional benefits for more than 4000 years. They have been called the “miracle fruit.” Their health benefits include:
- Prevents cancer
- Supports immune system
- Prevents heart disease
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, & kidney disease
- Relieves stress
- Improves sex life
- Improves depression symptoms
- Increases bone mass
Do pomegranates help with anti-aging?
Yes, a glass of pomegranate juice a day helps keep the wrinkles away! In November 2011, researchers at the ProbelteBio Laboratory in Murcia, Spain discovered that pomegranates slow down the aging process of DNA. This study examined the pomegranate’s rich supply of antioxidants, which prevent age-related cell damage. Subjects were given an extract of whole pomegranate fruit in a capsule form daily for one month. Researchers then found a significant decrease in a specific marker (8-Oxo-DG) linked to cell damage. This marker can have numerous detrimental effects, including aging of the skin. This decrease slows down the natural oxidation (or “rusting”) of DNA in cells that occurs over time. The lead researcher, Dr. Sergio Streitenberger, concluded “the study demonstrates that regular consumption of this new pomegranate extract can slow down the process of DNA oxidation.”
HOW do pomegranates help with anti-aging?
The pomegranate is the most powerful antioxidant of all the fruits. Pomegranate juice has almost three times the antioxidant potency of green tea or red wine. Antioxidants neutralize damage from free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that damage the body’s cells. These chemical substances have been linked to accelerated aging and major degenerative illnesses.
The pomegranate is the best anti-aging food for softening the skin because it is loaded with vitamin C, which helps protect skin from the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid, which fights free radical damage. This juice also contains punicalagin, a supernutrient that increases the body’s ability to preserve collagen, which makes skin look plump and smooth.
How much pomegranate should I eat?
Jackie Newgent, a nutritionist based in New York City, recommends eating 1 cup of pomegranate seeds every week.
This week I made a delicious spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, after watching a helpful tutorial on how to cut a pomegranate. Thank you to my dear husband who patiently waited to eat dinner while I photographed the pomegranate seeds and salad!
Spinach and kale are the best anti-aging foods for firming the skin because they contain phytonutrients, or antioxidant compounds, which help protect skin from damage caused by the sun. Spinach is packed with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that improve elasticity of the skin. Newgent recommends eating 3 cups of spinach or kale every week.
After doing some research, I have concluded that pomegranates really are the fountain of youth!
Do YOU like pomegranates? Please share your favourite recipe ideas!
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