If you’ve been taking pomegranates for granted up until now, maybe the points we’re about to cover will change your mind. These delicious fruits are native to northern India, but can also be found around the Mediterranean – and they grow right here at home in Arizona and California.
Whether you’re eating the seeds from the fruit in a salad, yogurt, or a dessert (they’re quite versatile), or drinking pomegranate juice, there are a variety of health benefits that are a bonus to its delicious flavor. Let’s take a look at 12 reasons you should make these brilliantly red fruits part of your regular diet…
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1. Antioxidant Benefits
These help keep free radicals from bouncing around your body, which has been linked to cell damage and diseases such as cancer. But while most fruits have some sort of antioxidants such as vitamin C, pomegranates have the benefit of especially potent ones called polyphenols that also give the fruits their color.
These polyphenols are the same compounds that give green tea its healthy edge. They also contain almost half of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, and have three times more antioxidants than tea or red wine, according to Medical News Today.